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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Latest version published on 20 September, 2018.By Susanne Wallace, Anna Brown, Lewis Irvine, William Saunders and Paul Secular. As part of the Bath debugging workshop we attempted to find the cause of a segfault in a lattice disorder Monte Carlo code written in C. We were working without a known solution as recent unrelated additions to the code had fixed the bug without revealing why. We were able to find the cause of the segfault using memory checking and debugging tools to narrow down the location of the bug, with print statements to finish.
Latest version published on 27 September, 2018.By Tim Powell, Research Software Engineer at the STFC Hartree Centre. This post was first published at the STFC Hartree Centre blog. On 3rd September the peaceful campus of Birmingham University came alive with bubbling groups of research software engineers, talking in excited tones about their latest optimisation tool and favourite python library, as the third annual conference of Research Software Engineers was started!
Latest version published on 18 September, 2018.By Nikoleta Glynatsi, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. Project Jupyter is a non profit organisation created to provide services for interactive computing across dozens of programming languages. Project Jupyter is most known for their Jupyter Notebooks but develops and supports several computing products, such as JupyterHub and JupyterLab.
Latest version published on 17 September, 2018.By Mike Jackson, Software Architect, The Software Sustainability Institute. PickCells is an image analysis platform developed by the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) at The University of Edinburgh.
Latest version published on 12 September, 2018.By Yo Yehudi, University of Cambridge. GCCBOSC this year was a combination of two open source bioinformatics conferences: GCC, the Galaxy Community Conference, and BOSC, the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference. Galaxy is a highly-successful bioinformatics workflow management tool, and BOSC is run by the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF), an organisation dedicated to open-source biology and bioinformatics related software.