Software and research: the Institute's Blog

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.

Evidence for the importance of research software

Latest version published on 8 June, 2020.

This blog analyses work evidencing the importance of research software to research outcomes, to enable the research software community to find useful evidence to share with key influencers. This analysis considers papers relating to meta-research, policy, community, education and training, research breakthroughs and specific software.

Why mycode.R_final.v2_usethisone is not helping your workflow

Latest version published on 16 March, 2021.

By Olly Butters (editor), Esther Plomp, Sarah Gibson, Eirini Zormpa, Bezaye Tesfaye, Tudor Amariei Developing your ideal workflow is hard. We think one of the most important parts, relevant to almost everyone, is version control.

Research Data Management as a national service

Latest version published on 4 June, 2020.

By Alastair Downie, Head of IT at The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge This blog post was first published on the IT and Research Data Management in the Gurdon Institute blog.

Critique software, but understand the constraints it’s written under

Latest version published on 2 June, 2020.

Demonising researchers who publish their code discourages openness, say Neil Chue Hong and Simon Hettrick.