Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Improving open source software through the SSI online sustainability evaluation

Latest version published on 30 November, 2021.

The SSI Software team, led by Steve Crouch, recently collaborated with the Ersilia project to help them improve their software. We interviewed Ersilia’s co-founder and CSO, Miquel Duran-Frigiola, about his experience using the online sustainability evaluation service as part of the Research Software Healthcheck service, and how the review of Ersilia’s software has influenced their plans and strategy to engage with their community.

Highlights of the Research Software Camp: Beyond the spreadsheet

Latest version published on 16 November, 2021.

Selina Aragon, SSI Communications Lead, summarises the highlights from our Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet.

Enabling Reproducible Archaeology

Latest version published on 22 November, 2021.

How can we help researchers to work in a reproducible way? This blog post documents a workshop held for researchers in Durham University’s Archaeology Department, which aimed to help them make steps towards using software sustainably and working reproducibly.

Listen to our Learning to Code podcast

Latest version published on 12 November, 2021.

We’ve been running a Learning to Code mentorship programme as part of our Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet, focussing on the uses of spreadsheets in research and the next steps into further use of software. We spoke to four participants in the programme about their experiences of learning to code in a podcast episode hosted by Code for Thought.

Training resources for researchers that want to learn to code

Latest version published on 11 November, 2021.

Learning to code can be daunting and often it’s hard to know where to start to look for resources. As part of the Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet, we’ve collated training resources for researchers that want to learn to code. We’ve focused on resources that can aid researchers work better with spreadsheets or help them move beyond them.

The art of coding without coding with MATLAB Live tasks

Latest version published on 12 November, 2021.

The MATLAB ecosystem supports you at every level of your programming career, even when you've never written a single line of code in your life.

Coding confessions

Latest version published on 9 November, 2021.

Colin Sauze, Eirini Zormpa, and Patricia Herterich reflect on the organisation of the first ever Coding Confessions panel at the SeptembRSE conference.

Below-the-line conversations: A computer-facilitated case study of Guardian reader comments

Latest version published on 9 November, 2021.

Yenn Lee describes her experience of taking part in the Research Software Camp learning to code programme.

The spreadsheet memes we can all relate to

Latest version published on 8 November, 2021.

Spreadsheets are ubiquitous across academia and industry. Although mistakes can have real world consequences from genomics to austerity, sometimes you just have to laugh at the day-to-day trials and tribulations of trying to get spreadsheets to just. work.

Learning to Code: My Experience as a Psychology Graduate

Latest version published on 9 November, 2021.

By Amirah Khan. I took part in the ‘learning to code’ programme as part of the ‘Beyond the Spreadsheet’ Research Software Camp. I was mentored by Sadie Bartholomew, a Research Software Engineer who guided me through learning Python. I’ll share my reasons for volunteering, an overview of my project, and my journey throughout the programme.