These guides include information on why, when and how to start communities of practice as well as information for managers on how to manage research software projects, write grants involving research software development, publish about their research software and make cases for RSEs, choose and deal with licensing and managing their data, etc.
- Starting a community - taking your software to the world - Whether for research, administration, learning or teaching, software is an increasingly valuable tool and output, and needs to be managed as such. Starting a community is, of course, an important step in software sustainability.
- Building a better community - Building a community around software is an important step for its sustainability. An active community can become self-supporting: answering queries raised by community members and contributing new functionality and bug fixes back to your project.
- Recruiting champions for your project - Promoting your software is vital if you want to increase its use and generate interest in your research. Rather than singing the praises of your own software, it is often more persuasive to have a satisfied user spread the word for you.
- Recruiting student developers - It's frustrating when you have an idea for improving your software, but lack the resources needed to realise it. Not all is lost! Your idea might be the perfect basis for a student project.
- How does software fit into EPSRC’s research data policy? - This guide explains how software fits with the EPSRC policy framework for research data.Our thanks to the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) for providing links to these guides. The DCC is a world-leading centre of expertise in digital information curation with a focus on building capacity, capability and skills for research data management across the UK's higher education research community.
- How to develop a Data Management and Sharing Plan - Planning for the effective creation, management and sharing of your data enables you to get the most out of your work, bear in mind the wider context and consequences of different options, and helps make the research process easier.
- How to License Research Data - There are so many useful resources on the web when it comes to open-source licensing that it can be confusing. This guide highlights the best resources that provide clear information about choosing a licence for software.
Research and repository infrastructure
- Best practice for funding the use of cloud in research - This guide for funders, senior managers and research directors will help you to assess requests for funding for cloud computing resources; assess requests to provision cloud infrastructures; and to provision shared cloud computing infrastructures to researchers across a range of institutions.
- Software deposit guidance - Depositing software into digital repositories can offer many benefits to both researchers and the research community. This collection of guides cover important aspects of software deposit including why researchers should deposit software, when and where to deposit software and how to choose a software licence.