Webinar: Software sustainability – why and how to do it

Posted by g.law on 12 November 2019 - 11:33am


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BioExcel’s webinar series will continue on 21 November with a presentation by Steve Crouch.

Software plays a crucial role in the research process across many disciplines. As it continues to underpin our science and help push the boundaries of what is achievable, it becomes increasingly important that the sustainability of our software is given sufficient attention to ensure it can continue to evolve and grow to meet ever-changing research goals.

In this webinar Steve will explore the importance of research software, and the practices that can be used to help ensure its sustainability in the short, medium, and long term. He will also look at the different and emerging styles of Management Plans for software, and how software evaluation can identify areas for improvement and assist in the shaping of future development goals, and the potential for automation to allow evaluation to be conducted at scale.

Register for the webinar here. You will then receive an email with details of how you can connect. The webinar will be held at 14:00 BST, 15:00 CET.

Steve is the Research Software Group (RSG) Lead at the Software Sustainability Institute. He leads the Institute’s RSG activities to help researchers improve their research software. His PhD in Computer Science, awarded by Southampton in 2001, focused on modelling development processes to support the capture of software requirements. He also teaches Large Scale Distributed Systems as part of Southampton’s BSc in Computer Science.

Steve’s work at the Institute involves assisting researchers and their communities by consulting on software that is integral to their work. This includes managing the Institute’s Open Calls, developing best practice guides and assessing software developed by researchers to drive improvement. He is also involved in teaching at Software Carpentry workshops as part of the Institute’s training activities, having instructed at and assisted in the organisation of a dozen workshops across the UK, Europe and the US, and became a Carpentry Trainer in 2016.


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