Software and research: the Institute's Blog

DHTech: A bridge between communities

Latest version published on 22 August, 2019.

By Catherine Smith, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow As part of my Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship, I was able to attend the Digital Humanities (DH2019) conference which this year was held in Utrecht. This is not a conference I attend regularly as it tends not to focus on the technical side of digital humanities. However, this year there was a workshop which I was particularly interested in attending.

How do you start an RSE Group?

Latest version published on 19 August, 2019.

By Jeremy Cohen, EPSRC RSE Fellow, Imperial College London. In the weeks running up to the RSE Conference, myself and some colleagues 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. (You can submit more questions and vote on the current questions on Sli.do.) Question: How do you start an RSE group at a university that only has scattered RSEs in different departments?

The 18th International Conference on Social Dilemmas

Latest version published on 14 August, 2019.

By Nikoleta Glynatsi, Cardiff University, Software Sustainability Fellow. The International Conference on Social Dilemmas (ICSD) is a cross disciplinary gathering of psychologists, philosophers, computer scientists and mathematicians. It’s focused on topics broadly related to social dilemmas, such as conflicts between narrow self-interest and collective well-being. This year’s ICSD was the 18th instalment of the conference and it took place in Sedona, Arizona from 3 to 7 June 2019. 

Women in Data Science: mentoring and applying app-based and sensing methods to cognitive and decision sciences

Latest version published on 13 August, 2019.

By Reka Solymosi, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. From 4 – 5 April 2019, I attended the Women in Data Science Zurich 2019 conference as an invited speaker to talk about my research involving ‘new’ forms of data. In particular the use of crowdsourced data collection methods to gain insight into people’s perceptions and subjective evaluations of their environments.

Life as an RSE: a terrible career choice?

Latest version published on 9 August, 2019.

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute. In the weeks running up to the RSE Conference, myself and some colleagues 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. (You can submit more questions and vote on the current questions on Sli.do.)

Carve your niche with ‘The Carpentries’

Latest version published on 8 August, 2019.

By Connie Clare, TU Delft.  This post was originally published on the Open Working blog at TU Delft.  TU Delft Library met Data Champions from the Department of Biotechnology, Victor Koppejan and Raúl A. Ortiz Merino, to celebrate their Software and Data Carpentry workshop success.

Reprohacking at CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019

Latest version published on 7 August, 2019.

By Anna Krystalli, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow It was great to be at CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 a few weeks ago. Not only did I join a fantastic group of people who are a joy to spend time with, extremely knowledgeable and generous with that knowledge, but, with such a focus on active learning, it was also the perfect event for running the first ReproHack in the series and gathering feedback to guide future development.

A quantitative biologist’s journey towards teaching data skills with The Carpentries

Latest version published on 8 August, 2019.

By Edward Wallace, Sir Henry Dale Fellow and Group Leader in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Edinburgh.  Edward Wallace writes about his experiences getting involved with skills development for biologists through The Carpentries, for which the Software Sustainability Institute is the UK coordinator. 

First regional Software Carpentry at Research Software London

Latest version published on 7 August, 2019.

By Jeremy Cohen, Research Software Engineering team lead. This blog post was originally published at the RSE Imperial College blog. On the 9th and 10th July 2019 the Research Software London community ran its first regional Software Carpentry workshop. The event was jointly organised by Imperial, UCL and Queen Mary with Queen Mary hosting the workshop at their Mile End Campus.

Code Refinery Training for Research Software Development

Latest version published on 30 July, 2019.

By Lucy Whalley, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. Some, or perhaps most, of the readers of this blog will be aware of The Carpentries project, which teaches foundational coding and data science skills to researchers. The Carpentries has been a huge success, training thousands of researchers worldwide. But I’ve often thought – what happens after the basics are in place? This is where initiatives like Code Refinery come in.