Simon Choppin

By Simon Choppin, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow and Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University.

Developments in technology and software are often accompanied by cohorts of enthusiastic developers and engineers who are convinced by its revolutionary potential. However, new technology often requires careful nurturing before it truly changes the way we do things – a number of things have to be working in harmony before the revolution can take place. If you push too hard, and in the wrong direction, things can veer off course and never recover. I…

By Simon Choppin, Agent and Postdoctoral researcher, Sheffield Hallam University.

The scientific process can be expensive: rigorous experimental design, advanced equipment, participant recruitment and data collection can all incur significant overheads of time, money and effort. Observing the the subtle workings of our universe is getting costlier, as the things we want to observe become ever smaller or further away.

My work in the field of sports engineering is comparatively straightforward, since the elementary constituents of my research rarely get smaller than a…

By Simon Choppin, a Software Sustainability Agent, (seen here having his feet scanned with the aid of patterned socks).

The Swiss city of Lugano borders Italy, lies on the shores of a crystal clear Lake of the same name and is surrounded by spectacular mountains. The high quality of life, low taxes and agreeable weather has convinced international celebrities and world class athletes to relocate to this Alpine idyll. On the 25-26 of October I briefly joined them, but it wasn’t the weather, lifestyle or even interesting cheeses which attracted me, but the 2nd International…

We continue with the blog posts from our new Agents. Simon Choppin, a sports engineering researcher from Sheffield Hallam, looks into the benefits of sharing code.

Many software users are also software writers. Whether a simple spreadsheet macro or a million lines of code, custom programs are essential tools for researchers of all disciplines. These silent workhorses gather and process our data, they solve problems and help to create ideas. To many of us they're an indispensable aspect of our working lives.

For some, creating custom software is relatively…

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