Software and research: the Institute's Blog

The gig economy - a precarious form of maintenance

Latest version published on 2 September, 2020.

The Festival of Maintenance and the Maintainers recently ran our first joint online event, about the gig economy, a precarious form of maintenance.

Celebrating datasets and other research outputs – introducing the HiddenREF

Latest version published on 24 August, 2020.

On July 8th, the Riot Science Club, the Crick Institute and ReproducibiliTea hosted a panel discussion on “The cost of correcting bad science”. Institute Fellow Patricia Herterich was invited to speak about the HiddenREF, an initiative to shine a light on and celebrate all kinds of research outputs.

What we wish we knew when we started as RSEs

Latest version published on 16 March, 2021.

“What do you wish you had known when you started?” This was a question asked during the 2020 Software Sustainability Institute Collaborations Workshop session that caused a (Zoom) room of research software engineers to pause and scratch their heads. 

10 pivotal moments in the history of the Institute

Latest version published on 14 August, 2020.

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary, Deputy Director Simon Hettrick chooses 10 pivotal moments from the history of the Institute.

Wishlists for the future of RSE: Outcomes from the RSLondonSouthEast 2020 Discussion Session

Latest version published on 7 August, 2020.

Notes from the RSLondonSouthEast 2020 workshop discussion session, including wishlists for the future of RSE in policy, training, community and software development.

Get up to speed with software sustainability - the WOSSS19 report and a look to the future

Latest version published on 23 July, 2020.

The report is now available from the Workshop on Sustainable Software Sustainability 2019 (WOSSS19).

10 things I have learned from the Software Sustainability Institute

Latest version published on 16 July, 2020.

To celebrate the Institute's 10 year anniversary, Dr Robyn Grant (Fellow 2013-14) shares 10 things they have learned from the Institute.

SciKit-Surgery: compact libraries for surgical navigation

Latest version published on 13 July, 2020.

By Stephen Thompson, Research Associate at WEISS, University College London. At WEISS we are developing the SciKit-Surgery libraries to support researchers in creating better software, and to enable faster translation of research to clinical practice.

Efficient and beautiful data visualisation: the finessing steps

Latest version published on 15 June, 2020.

Figures are a powerful way to tell a story with data. When artfully made, a figure can set the scene, like the first pages of a book, grab your attention and lure you in to find out more. It can surprise you or confirm what you’ve suspected all along, and finally, leave you with a new piece of knowledge.

How do we persuade funders to support software maintenance?

Latest version published on 16 March, 2021.

Most modern-day research involves the use of software, and research software itself is increasingly recognised as a key output of research by the research community. Software requires maintenance to remain useful, and that calls for a long-term, sustained investment.