By Rebecca Murphy, a PhD student working for David Klenerman and Sophie Jackson at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge.

Poor documentation, bugs, errors and spaghetti code: the problems in scientific software development are well known. My research field, single-molecule fluorescence (smFRET), faces an additional challenge: a complete lack of any standard software for data analysis. Each research group maintains their own code-base, with software written in programming languages from C++ to Labview.

Whenever methodological improvements are published, we…

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