Research Software Camp: Research Accessibility

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

The Camp focussed 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 was 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.

Web content

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

Blog posts


Live sessions

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, delivered a pre-recorded keynote talk on the "Social Model of Inaccessibility." This was followed by a live Q&A session with Chris as part of the Research Software Camp.

The live Q&A session took place on 24 February via Zoom, and allowed participants to ask questions and start conversations around his talk. 

Chris Hartgerink's keynote talk abstract

Workshop: Sustainable Software Development for Researchers

This workshop was run by Carina Haupt, Head of Group Software at the German Aerospace Centre. It consisted of two sessions on Thursday 25 February and Friday 26 February.

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

Workshop: Boost your research reproducibility with Binder

The workshop was run by The Turing Way on Wednesday 3rd March.

During this free workshop, we discussed reproducible computing environments and why they're important, showed examples of others’ projects in and helped participants learn how to prepare a binder-ready project. By the end of the workshop participants could take some of their 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

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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