Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Life after my Fellowship

Latest version published on 19 December, 2018.

By Robyn Grant, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Physiology & Behaviour, Manchester Metropolitan University. I was inspired to apply for the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme in 2014 when I saw that it was not just for software developers, but software users too. I am a biologist, working on animal sensing and movement, and have spent quite a lot of my time working with programmers to develop software that can track my high-speed videos of animals moving in complex ways.

The Research Software Directory and how it promotes software citation - Improve the findability, citability, and reproducibility of research software

Latest version published on 17 December, 2018.

Image courtesy of NL eScience Center.

By Jurriaan H.

How to make a great screencast application for the Fellowship Programme 2019

Latest version published on 17 December, 2018.

By Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute. We collect a good amount of data in the Fellowship Programme application form, but we only provide the screencast and writing sample to reviewers – the information about candidates is used to assign reviewers to mark sheets, as reported in "Assigning Fellowship programme 2018 applications to reviewers".

The Software Sustainability Institute 2018 highlights

Latest version published on 14 December, 2018.

By Selina Aragon, Communications Lead. 2018 has been a successful year full of activities and events here at the Institute. As the year is coming to an end, we thought we’d gather some of our best stories to share them with our readers. So, here’s what we’ve been up to.

Some software should be sustained, and some shouldn’t. But how can we choose, what is the cost of sustaining it, and what is the cost of letting it pass away?

Latest version published on 17 December, 2018.

By Andrew Edmondson​​​​​​​, Mike Zentner, and Cristian A. Marocico. We’re writing this blog from the perspective of people who are responsible for helping researchers in our institutions develop their own software for their own research purposes. We want to help our communities to make the right decisions about the sustainability of their software – and therefore about their time and money.

Tech Writing 101 at Collaborations Workshop 2019

Latest version published on 17 December, 2018.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. We are delighted to announce that Sarah Maddox and Sharif Salah will be running a session called "Tech Writing 101" at the Collaborations Workshop 2019.

What it’s like to be a Fellow if your background is in humanities

Latest version published on 17 December, 2018.

By Iza Romanowska, Barcelona Supercomputing Center. If someone told me five years ago that I would be a Fellow of any organisation with the word ‘software’ in it, I’d just laugh. Yet, it turns out being a diehard humanities person does not save you from the academic inevitability of engaging with research software.

Checklist for a Software Management Plan 1.0 released

Latest version published on 17 December, 2018.

By Mike Jackson, Research Software Engineer. When developing research software, we need to know what we are going to write, who it is for (even if this is just us), how we will get it to them, how it will help them, and how we will evaluate whether it has helped them. A Software Management Plan (SMP) can help us think about these and decide upon the processes we will use when developing our software. To help write SMPs, we have now published version 1.0 of our Checklist for a Software Management Plan.

Applications to the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2019 are now open

Latest version published on 11 December, 2018.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. We are pleased to announce applications to our Fellowship Programme 2019 are now open. Deadline is 3 February, 2019. Below we detail the application process and what to expect from us during the recruitment and post-recruitment stages.

Interact to Interoperate

Latest version published on 6 December, 2018.

By Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. This year I was invited to attend the Interoperability of Metadata Standards in Cross Domain Science Health and Social Science Applications workshop, which was held at the beginning of October 2018 in the Schloss Dagstuhl, Leibniz Center for Informatics, in Wadern, Germany.