Software and research: the Institute's Blog

Vision and Plans for Curriculum Development with The Carpentries

Latest version published on 18 October, 2018.

By François Michonneau, Erin Becker, and Tracy Teal. The Carpentries has seen a growing interest in individuals, research groups, and institutions wanting to develop lessons for their own domain of research. We are very excited by the potential brought by this growth. Diversifying our lesson offerings means we can extend our reach to new communities, and further disseminate our practices of teaching and collaborative lesson development.

Coding Club – peer learning in programming, statistics and data science

Latest version published on 17 October, 2018.

By Gergana Daskalova and Isla Myers-Smith, University of Edinburgh. Coding Club combines online and in-person resources to help teach quantitative skills to people at all career stages working inside and outside academia. Coding Club is focused on trying to overcome "code fear" and "statistics anxiety".

Teaching geographic data skills to mosquito control staff

Latest version published on 16 October, 2018.

By Andy South, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. Training people to use software is not straightforward. I imagine most of us can remember courses that have gone well and not so well. I’m going to make a couple of suggestions for things to consider when developing software training based upon our recent experience.

Contribute to the SAGE Research Tools Directory

Latest version published on 16 October, 2018.

By Daniela Duca, Sage Ocean. As part of SAGE Ocean’s mission to advance the use of computational methods and new tools in social science research, we are collaborating with the Software Sustainability Institute to improve the Research Tools Directory for social and humanities researchers and software engineers interested in these disciplines.

Call for proposals: demo sessions at Collaborations Workshop 2019

Latest version published on 8 November, 2018.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. The call for proposals of demo sessions for CW19 is now open. The Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) will take place from Monday 1st April to Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at the West Park Teaching Hub, Loughborough University, Loughborough.

Sharing code – what's the point?

Latest version published on 12 October, 2018.

By Danny Wong, NIAA-HSRC & UCL-DAHR. I’ve recently had the great fortune of publishing a paper which had significant interest from the general news media. It even managed to get picked up by the BBC, The Guardian and all the major newspapers in the UK! As per usual, I’ve shared the source code for the analysis publicly, this time electing to serve it up on GitHub as a repository. I have included the manuscript as an .Rmd file, and the wrangling data wrangling and modelling code as a chunk located at the start of the .Rmd file.

Operational Research in Lancaster

Latest version published on 10 October, 2018.

By Geraint Palmer, Cardiff University and Software Sustainability Institute fellow. The annual conference of the UK Operational Research Society is one of the primary ways that academics and practitioners in the field of operational research (OR) meet, collaborate, and discover each other's work and interests. Their 60th conference, OR60, was held at Lancaster University between the 11th and the 13th of September this year, and I was able to attend thanks to my Software Sustainability Institute fellowship.

The wonders of star formation

Latest version published on 5 October, 2018.

By Becky Arnold, University of Sheffield. From the 3rd to the 7th of September the Wonders of Star Formation conference took place at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh.

Hacking software citation implementation: The Citation File Format Hack Day at RSE18

Latest version published on 2 October, 2018.

By Stephan Druskat, Jurriaan H. Spaaks, Netherlands eScience Center, and Alexander Struck. In order to enable attribution and credit for Research Software Engineers, and other developers of and contributors to research software, software must be made citable, and must be cited. One of the obstacles for correct and comprehensive software citation is the lack, or suboptimal discoverability, of relevant metadata. While, for instance, papers provide their metadata quite obviously (i.e., title, authors, containing publication, publication date, etc.), software hardly ever does.

The #RSE18 times

Latest version published on 27 September, 2018.

By Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. This year I attended for the first time the third edition of the RSE conference thanks to the support of the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship. The conference brings together Research Software Engineers (or RSEs) from across the UK and the world.