Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Life as an RSE: a terrible career choice?

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, 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.

Strengthening the Library Carpentry community

Latest version published on 26 July, 2019.

By Phil Reed, Nilani Ganeshwaran, Jez Cope, Tim Dennis, Chris Erdmann, Silvia Di Giorgio, Tracy Teal The demand for Library Carpentry (LC) is increasing in many parts of the world. Organising, developing and delivering Library Carpentry workshops presents many challenges, some of which are more common in LC than in the other Carpentries programmes. On 26 June 2019 Phil Reed and Nilani Ganeshwaran led a CarpentryConnect Manchester workshop where we discussed ways to strengthen the LC community.

RiboViz: Understanding protein synthesis via analysis of ribosome profiling data

Latest version published on 24 July, 2019.

By Mike Jackson, Software Architect and Kostas Kavoussanakis, Group Manager, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh; Edward Wallace, Sir Henry Dale Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Edinburgh A multi-disciplinary team of biologists, bioinformaticians and research software engineers based at EPCC and The Wallace Lab at University of Edinburgh, The Shah Lab at Rutgers University and The Lareau Lab at University of California, Berkeley will enhance and extend a software suite, called RiboViz to extract biological insight from "ribosome profiling" data and drive forward…

Talking with the next generation of psychologists about reproducibility and open research

Latest version published on 23 July, 2019.

By Andrew Stewart, University of Manchester and Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. Over the last month or so I’ve been fortunate to have given invited presentations to early career psychologists at the universities of Keele, Staffordshire and Lancaster. The combined Keele/Staffordshire Psychology Postgraduate Research Conference gave me the opportunity to provide some (recent) historical context to the current ‘replication crisis’ in the biosciences.

Growing institutional support for RSEs across the UK

Latest version published on 12 July, 2019.

By Louise Chisholm, Jeremy Cohen, Jonathan Cooper, and Simon Hettrick. Most people who are looking to forge a career in research software engineering will come across barriers that are the result of outdated university policies put in place before software was such a critical element of research.