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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.

How do you start an RSE Group?

Latest version published on 12 September, 2019.

By Jeremy Cohen, EPSRC RSE Fellow, Imperial College London. In the weeks running up to the RSE Conference, myself and some colleagues 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. (You can submit more questions and vote on the current questions on Sli.do.) Question: How do you start an RSE group at a university that only has scattered RSEs in different departments?

The 18th International Conference on Social Dilemmas

Latest version published on 14 August, 2019.

By Nikoleta Glynatsi, Cardiff University, Software Sustainability Fellow. The International Conference on Social Dilemmas (ICSD) is a cross disciplinary gathering of psychologists, philosophers, computer scientists and mathematicians. It’s focused on topics broadly related to social dilemmas, such as conflicts between narrow self-interest and collective well-being. This year’s ICSD was the 18th instalment of the conference and it took place in Sedona, Arizona from 3 to 7 June 2019. 

Women in Data Science: mentoring and applying app-based and sensing methods to cognitive and decision sciences

Latest version published on 13 August, 2019.

By Reka Solymosi, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. From 4 – 5 April 2019, I attended the Women in Data Science Zurich 2019 conference as an invited speaker to talk about my research involving ‘new’ forms of data. In particular the use of crowdsourced data collection methods to gain insight into people’s perceptions and subjective evaluations of their environments.

Life as an RSE: a terrible career choice?

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, myself and some colleagues 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. (You can submit more questions and vote on the current questions on Sli.do.)

Carve your niche with ‘The Carpentries’

Latest version published on 8 August, 2019.

By Connie Clare, TU Delft.  This post was originally published on the Open Working blog at TU Delft.  TU Delft Library met Data Champions from the Department of Biotechnology, Victor Koppejan and Raúl A. Ortiz Merino, to celebrate their Software and Data Carpentry workshop success.