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Latest version published on 16 September, 2019.

The Software Sustainability Institute has launched a new evaluation service to ensure your research software is as good as it can be.

Carpentries’ Instructor Training Autumn 2019

Latest version published on 13 September, 2019.

By Aleks Nenadic The Institute is running two in-person Carpentries’ instructor trainings this autumn.

Making open source research software visible: a path to better sustainability?

Latest version published on 12 September, 2019.

By Neil Chue Hong, founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Software Sustainability Institute Why do open source research software projects appear to have a low rate of success? Is it because we lack appropriate models for sustaining research software development or is it because the community isn’t seeing the results?

Digital Humanities Curriculum Development at CarpentryConnect Manchester

Latest version published on 10 September, 2019.

By Catherine Smith, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow, University of Birmingham, and Iain Emsley, University of Sussex On the final day of Carpentry Connect Manchester 2019, we co-led two workshop sessions to bring together some of the conversations already taking place about teaching technical skills relevant to Digital Humanities within the Carpentries framework.

Metrics: they’re dull, flawed and vital

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, some colleagues and I 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.

A Friendly Letter to Community Managers

Latest version published on 5 September, 2019.

By Malvika Sharan, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow I recently gave a lightning talk on the topic “Why being ‘less specialised’ is an important skill for the community managers”. I wanted to give a proper presentation - but to fit the “1-slide-in-2-minutes” rule, I wrote a short friendly letter to all the community managers.

How to be a pessimistic organiser for successful events

Latest version published on 2 September, 2019.

By Malvika Sharan, Community Outreach Coordinator at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg Let me start by saying that I am a positive person (generally speaking!). If you tell me about a disaster, I will try to find something positive in it. Having made that disclaimer, I can now safely say that I am a bit pessimistic too. Therefore, no matter how positive I am about my training and outreach events as a community manager, I am ready to fight the disaster that hasn’t occurred yet.

Connecting with the community: personal notes from CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019

Latest version published on 29 August, 2019.

By Malvika Sharan, Community Outreach Coordinator at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg One of the highlights this year for The Carpentries’ community in Europe was the CarpentryConnect event, which took place from 24 to 27 June 2019 in the vibrant British city of Manchester. Aleks Nenadic, the Training Lead at the Software Sustainability Institute, chaired the organisation team and recently posted a report from this incredible meeting. In this post, I will share some of my personal notes.

Introducing Binder for fully reproducible research at the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science annual meeting

Latest version published on 29 August, 2019.

By Andrew Stewart, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow The Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science held their fourth annual meeting in Rotterdam from 7 to 9 July 2019. This is the first time that the Society has met outside the US and the first time that many European-based early career researchers have had the opportunity to attend. As a reflection of the level of interest, registration for the conference reached capacity well in advance of the closing of the early-bird registration rate. 

DHTech: A bridge between communities

Latest version published on 27 August, 2019.

By Catherine Smith, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow As part of my Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship, I was able to attend the Digital Humanities (DH2019) conference which this year was held in Utrecht. This is not a conference I attend regularly as it tends not to focus on the technical side of digital humanities. However, this year there was a workshop which I was particularly interested in attending.