Tired of keeping track of a sea of abbreviations and acronyms? Stefan Freitag has come up with a rather neat solution.

Stefan, who has worked on various D-Grid projects over the last four years, has developed GridAcro, an app for Android Smartphones. It's targeted at Grid and Cloud Computing newbies as well as experts (because anyone can lose track of the hundreds of abbreviations found in their daily work). The problem with abbreviations is the subject…

A major international e-Science conference at the University of York will explore the concept of cloud computing to enable better use of software and data from research and industry.

If you want to become an Agent - and benefit from up to £3000 a year travelling expenses - you must submit your application before 12.00 tonight (8 August).

Our Agents are UK-based, early-career researchers with a good knowledge of their research domain, experience of research collaborations and a desire to travel and meet new people. If you want to know more about our Agents network, see the Agents page.

If you want to join the Agents network, fill in an…

In June this year, we began the application process for our Agents network. We have been stunned by the popularity of the network and the quality of the applications we have received. However, all good things must come to an end: the deadline for applications to the Agents network is 8 August 2011.

If you would like to know more about the Agents network and the benefits, take a look at the Agents page.

If you would like to apply to become an Agent, fill…

Okay, so you may already have a little experience of working with e-Infrastructure, perhaps you are undertaking doctoral studies and engaging with clouds or grids for the first time? Maybe you have completed your doctoral studies and have just started a research career where e-Infrastructure services and tools are expected to underpin your everyday work? Perhaps grid and clouds are just words you have heard but you are not sure what they mean and how they can help you?

Wouldn't life be better if we could all just get along? The world would certainly be a better place if developers understood the research field in which they work. That's because, when developers and researchers communicate, we all benefit from the research that results.

This week, AskSteve looks at why developers should take an interest in research.

Interested? Read the blog post.

The Oxford e-Social Science project (OeSS) aims to understand how e-Research projects negotiate various social, ethical, legal and organisational forces and constraints, in order to help researchers avoid these problems when building scientific collaborations and tools for research. The project's work was recently published (if you would like an offprint, contact and provide your name and postal address).

It's frustrating to work on a problem for a couple of weeks, only to find that a solution had been available all along - if only you'd known where to look for it. Here at the Software Sustainability Institute, we've decided that it's time to call an end to this time wasting, so we're putting together a comprehensive list of all the useful resources available in the world of software and development.

We need help. Although we know a lot of good…

A while back AskSteve was asked to look at test-driven development. He's now received a related question asking about the existence of a unit test framework for MATLAB.

So is there a unit test framework for Matlab? Find out at AskSteve.