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A copy of this paper, as published in Computing and Science and Engineering in its Nov-Dec 2013 edition, is available via its Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1109/MCSE.2013.133. Alternatively, if you don't have access to this article, a post-print PDF version is also available. If you want to cite us, please reference this paper using the citation as described here. By Stephen Crouch, Neil Chue Hong, Simon Hettrick, Mike Jackson, Aleksandra Pawlik, Shoaib Sufi, Les Carr, David De Roure,…
A new position is available as a Research Associate/Research Software Engineer (at the University of Sheffield, UK) in the area of complex systems modelling using emerging high performance parallel architectures.  This post can be configured in two different ways. Either as a 3 year Research Associate/Research Software Engineer only, or as a 5 year post working as a Research Associate/Research Software Engineer (60%) and a Research Software Consultant (40%). Candidate’s preference for either…
The Software Sustainability Institute team. The Software Sustainability Institute, a team of software experts, from the universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford and Southampton, has been awarded £6.5 million funding, from the seven UK Research Councils that are part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to continue its world-leading work helping thousands of UK researchers from all areas use software to increase the impact of their research. The Institute was initially funded by the…
By Chris Cannam, Dirk Gorissen, James Hetherington, Cass Johnston, Simon Hettrick and Mark Woodbridge. Anthony Finkelstein wrote a great post about the benefits of being a software engineer: you can call yourself an engineer without getting your hands dirty, and you can wear jeans and a T-shirt to work (if you feel like being smart). All good points, but it got us thinking, whilst it may be good to be a software engineer, it's even better to be a research software engineer. And here's why. (…
Our thanks to IEEE Internet Computing for allowing us to reproduce the following article from the original version which was published in the September/October 2014 edition. By Carole Goble. We know that modern scientific research isn’t possible without software, from short, thrown-together temporary scripts and the abundance of complex spreadsheets, through to the huge software enterprises behind international efforts such as the Large Hadron Collidor and the Square Kilometer Array. And it’s…
The first workshop for Research Software Engineers took place on 11 September 2013 and is described below. A second workshop will take place in mid-2014 and will be announced on this website. Research software engineers are the people behind research software. They not only develop the software, they also understand the research that it makes possible. Software is a fundamental part of research, and research software engineers are fundamental to good software. Despite this, the role is not…
By Simon Hettrick and Neil Chue Hong. We work with people who share two characteristics: they are involved with research, and that research relies on software. This incredibly diverse group is known as the research software community. It’s a convenient name, but what does it actually mean? Identifying the people with a vested interest in the use of software in research is of obvious importance to the Institute: it’s our target market. But it’s also of use to the people in research software…
By the Netherlands eScience Center This post was originally published at the NL eScience centre blog. Research software has become an indispensable instrument for virtually every academic researcher. A case in point: survey data from the UK revealed that 92% of academics use research software, 69% say that their research would not be practical without it and 56% develop their own software. Creating, storing and analyzing data is crucial in researchers’ daily work and enables them to address…
A Nature | Comment article on the role applied Bioinformaticians play in biological research, how they prioritise the needs of others first, advance research problems which are considered 'routinely unique' and whose services are essential for successful research. Yes, like other Research Software Engineers, they face the same hurdles of credit, career paths and not being judged on their impact but on narrower traditional measures. Please read the informative article by Jeffrey Chang at…
By Craig MacLachlan, Met Office; Mark Stillwell, Cisco Meraki; Caroline Jay, University of Manchester. Software has been an important part of research for several decades, and ensuring that research software is of high quality is essential to ensuring the accuracy of scientific results. Unfortunately, many people who work on source code used on research projects have lost themselves in the gap between IT professional and researcher, lacking a distinct professional identity, at least until…