The Software Ontology for Resource Description (SWORD) is a JISC funded project that seeks to develop a vocabulary that will help describe software used by the curation and data preservation community.

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The Software Sustainability Institute is looking for new areas of work to take forward in 2011. We're interested in ideas that will improve the long-term sustainability of software by improving its code base, increasing community size or branching established software into new markets.

"One important aspect of choosing a programming language is that of code longevity. This leads to a very important point: that of data, and how well a language supports the data formats you need to use."

If you'd like to know more, read the post at the AskSteve! site.

The NGS is undergoing major changes over the next few months. All users should ensure they are aware of these changes and the effect they may have on their usage of the NGS. At the end of March 2011 approximately 700 free-to-use CPU cores and most SRB and Oracle database resources from core funded NGS sites will be retired from service. This is due to the age and efficiency of the hardware and to allow the NGS to transition to a sustainable platform to better support e-research.…

Today at AskSteve, Steve will be getting all dewy eyed as he talks about where to meet that special developer you've always been looking for.

If you're interested in this special topic for Valentine's day, read the post.






Harnessing advances in digital technology and practice to achieve world-class social research with maximum impact.

The National Strategic Directorate for e-Social Science would like to announce the official launch of the new Digital Social Research community website. This site is a resource for the whole Social Science research community which promotes the use and adoption of technological innovation…

Never one to be put off by questions that are almost impossible to answer, over at his blog - AskSteve! - Steve's been working on 'what's the best programming language?'. This is going to be controversial...

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Software is not static. New functionality is needed, hardware evolves, staff come and go and sources of funding change. This makes the world of software a volatile place — something that can be seen in the number of software packages that fail to gain a market. This year, a group of experts came together to form the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI).

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In our latest guide, we take a look at how to choose a good name and the common pitfalls. We also look at searching for already used names (including trademark searches). Finally, we discuss our understanding of registered trademarks and passing off - two laws that can affect name choice.

Read the Choosing project and product names guide.

There are many more guides, on subjects from software developement to community building, on our website.