Software and research: the Institute's Blog

My mistakes don’t define me

Latest version published on 8 November, 2022.

A PhD student discusses the struggle of learning to deal with making mistakes.

Talking about mental health at RSECon22

Latest version published on 8 November, 2022.

SSI Fellow Dave Horsfall discusses his talk on mental health at RSECon22 and answers some of the questions that were asked.

Software Sustainability in Computational Science and Engineering at PASC22 (part 2)

Latest version published on 28 October, 2022.

SSI Fellow Matthew Bluteau reflects on The Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC) 2022 conference.

Supporting mental health in research software

Latest version published on 27 October, 2022.

Our next Research Software Camp will focus on exploring various aspects of mental health and wellbeing in research software, including causes of stress in research software, dealing with our inner critic through self-compassion, having difficult conversations, team culture, post-Covid hybrid working, isolation, and more. 

Software Sustainability in Computational Science and Engineering at PASC22 (part 1)

Latest version published on 27 October, 2022.

SSI Fellow Matthew Bluteau reflects on The Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing (PASC) 2022 conference.

Supporting digital skills of arts and humanities researchers

Latest version published on 26 October, 2022.

A new study shows the need to invest in digital, data and software skills and training infrastructure in the arts and humanities research community.

Prenomics: Lowering barriers to participation

Latest version published on 19 October, 2022.

Last year, the first Genomics course was delivered, and Community Manager and FAIR coordinator, Evelyn Greeves, blogged about what we learned which included dividing the course into Prenomics and Genomics. Now Evelyn is back with another blog on how that went.

Using citizen science and software to hunt for microplastics

Latest version published on 20 October, 2022.

Very little is known about the microfibres in the air in our homes: How many are there? Are they mostly plastic or other materials? What are the main sources?   The Homes Under the Microscope project aims to harness the power of citizen science to answer all these questions.

International RSE day: Celebrating Research Software Engineering’s pivotal contribution to UK science

Latest version published on 14 October, 2022.

Today (13th October 2022) marks International RSE Day, organised by the International Council of RSE Associations. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the contribution of research software engineering (RSE) to UK science. Software is used everywhere in science, from modelling COVID-19, forecasting our future climate and analysing vast quantities of social media data. 

Improvements for man and machine in research software and data publishing

Latest version published on 12 October, 2022.

One tool that easily improves machine readability of data is a data standard called Frictionless Data.