Research Software Camp: Research Accessibility

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The Software Sustainability Institute presents its inaugural Research Software Camp on research accessibility, from Monday 22 February to Friday 5 March 2021. This is a free online event encompassing live sessions, web resources (such as guides), and social media activities. 

The topic of the camp will focus on different aspects of research accessibility, ranging from making tools, techniques, datasets, software and protocols used in research, reproducible, open and sustainable, to exploring formats and tools to facilitate and improve accessibility for the disabled.

The aim is to bring together people working with research and research software from any career stage and research area to explore and discuss the state of research culture and encourage better practices around research accessibility.

Why attend the Research Software Camp?

All live and pre-recorded sessions will happen at various times over the course of two weeks and attendees can register to one or all depending on their availability. There will also be discussion prompts, polls and AMAs on the SSI’s social media, as well as resources published on our website. Because the event is free anyone can access all sessions and resources in their own time. 


Read the full programme here for the Research Software Camp: Research Accessibility.

Web content

Guides and blog posts that were published as part of the Research Software Camp:

Blog posts


Live sessions registration 

The Research Software Camp is completely free, but please register so we have an idea on numbers. You will get links to all sessions a few days before they start. 

Chris Hartgerink’s keynote talk (pre-recorded) & live Q&A

Chris Hartgerink, from Liberate Science, will deliver a pre-recorded keynote talk on "Social Model of Inaccessibility" which will become available first thing on Monday 22 February, followed by a live Q&A session with Chris as part of the Research Software Camp.

The live Q&A session will take place on 24 February at 3:30pm GMT via Zoom, and will allow participants to ask questions and start conversations around his talk. We have limited space for the live Q&A, so make sure to book a place.

Chris Hartgerink's keynote talk abstract

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Workshop: Sustainable Software Development for Researchers [Sold out]

This workshop is run by Carina Haupt, Head of Group Software at the German Aerospace Centre. It consists of two sessions taking place on Thursday 25 February 13:00 to 17:00 GMT and Friday 26 February 9:00 to 12:30 GMT.

In this workshop, you will learn about the basic steps to prepare your code for sharing with others and make it ready for citation in a research paper. 

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Workshop: Boost your research reproducibility with Binder [Few places left]

The workshop is run by The Turing Way, and will take place on Wednesday 3rd March 2021, 10-16:30 GMT.

During this free workshop, we will discuss reproducible computing environments and why they're important, show examples of others’ projects in and help you learn how to prepare a binder-ready project. At the end of the workshop you will be able to take some of your own content (in a R or Jupyter Notebook, or scripts that can be run in the terminal) and prepare it so that it can be used by others on

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Code of Conduct

We are dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. By participating at this conference, participants accept to abide by both the Software Sustainability Institute's Code of Conduct, and accept the procedures by which any Code of Conduct incidents are resolved. Any form or behaviour to exclude, intimidate, or cause discomfort is a violation of the Code of Conduct. 

In order to foster a positive and professional learning environment we encourage the following kinds of behaviours in all platforms and events (including social events organised at this conference):

  • Use welcoming and inclusive language

  • Be respectful of different viewpoints and experiences

  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism

  • Focus on what is best for the community

  • Show courtesy and respect towards other community members

If you believe someone is violating the Code of Conduct, we ask that you report it to the main Code of Conduct contact for this event: Selina Aragon, by email or by sending a private Zoom chat at one of the live sessions. Selina will take the appropriate action to address the situation.

About the Research Software Camps

The SSI runs free online Research Software Camps twice a year over the course of two weeks. Each Camp focusses on introducing and exploring a topic around research software, thus starting discussions among various research communities.

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