Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Developing Data Skills at Macquarie University Library

Latest version published on 19 September, 2019.

By Grai Calvey, Fiona Jones and Heather Cooper Drawing on Library Carpentry lessons, pedagogy and community.

Stop, collaborate and listen: Gender equality in social data science

Latest version published on 18 September, 2019.

Stop, collaborate and listen: Gender equality in social data science Join us for an evening discussion with a panel of leading computational social scientists and data scientists on collaboration, equality, and skills future social scientists need to work with big data.

Machine Learning Carpentry at Carpentry Connect Manchester 2019

Latest version published on 17 September, 2019.

By Colin Sauze, RSE at Aberystwyth University At Carpentry Connect Manchester 2019 I ran a session on developing a new carpentry style lesson on machine learning.

Take advantage of our free Research Software Health Checks

Latest version published on 16 September, 2019.

The Software Sustainability Institute has launched a new evaluation service to ensure your research software is as good as it can be.

Carpentries’ Instructor Training Autumn 2019

Latest version published on 13 September, 2019.

By Aleks Nenadic The Institute is running two in-person Carpentries’ instructor trainings this autumn.

Making open source research software visible: a path to better sustainability?

Latest version published on 12 September, 2019.

By Neil Chue Hong, founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Software Sustainability Institute Why do open source research software projects appear to have a low rate of success? Is it because we lack appropriate models for sustaining research software development or is it because the community isn’t seeing the results?

Digital Humanities Curriculum Development at CarpentryConnect Manchester

Latest version published on 10 September, 2019.

By Catherine Smith, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow, University of Birmingham, and Iain Emsley, University of Sussex On the final day of Carpentry Connect Manchester 2019, we co-led two workshop sessions to bring together some of the conversations already taking place about teaching technical skills relevant to Digital Humanities within the Carpentries framework.

Metrics: they’re dull, flawed and vital

Latest version published on 12 September, 2019.

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute In the weeks running up to the RSE Conference, some colleagues and I will be providing our thoughts on the questions people have submitted for our panel discussion with senior university management about how RSEs are being supported within academia.

A Friendly Letter to Community Managers

Latest version published on 5 September, 2019.

By Malvika Sharan, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow I recently gave a lightning talk on the topic “Why being ‘less specialised’ is an important skill for the community managers”. I wanted to give a proper presentation - but to fit the “1-slide-in-2-minutes” rule, I wrote a short friendly letter to all the community managers.

How to be a pessimistic organiser for successful events

Latest version published on 2 September, 2019.

By Malvika Sharan, Community Outreach Coordinator at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg Let me start by saying that I am a positive person (generally speaking!). If you tell me about a disaster, I will try to find something positive in it. Having made that disclaimer, I can now safely say that I am a bit pessimistic too. Therefore, no matter how positive I am about my training and outreach events as a community manager, I am ready to fight the disaster that hasn’t occurred yet.