Research software

By Daniel Hobley (editor), Alison Clarke, Philip Grylls, Mateusz Kuzak, Louise Brown and Alessandro Felder
In March 2019, a group of active members of the research software community in the Netherlands had a meeting with NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) to discuss the importance of research software in contemporary research and its relationship to research data, open science, and reproducibility in research (please see Making Research Software a First-Class Citizen in Research).
It is reasonably well known at this point that research software has value and should be treated as a citable output in research but how much software is actually cited and how does it relate to other types of research output? These are just a couple of questions which the Persistent Identifier (PID) Graph can help to answer.
The FORCE11 2019 conference will include a Research Software hackathon on ‘Making software a first-class citizen in the scholarly world’.
Are you involved in the management or execution of funded projects whereby the research was dependent on bespoke software? You are invited to participate in the Impact of Management and Process on Research Software study (IMPARS) led by Software Sustainability Institute Fellow Sorrel Harriet. 
By Mike Jackson, Software Architect and Kostas Kavoussanakis, Group Manager, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh; Edward Wallace, Sir Henry Dale Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Edinburgh A multi-disciplinary team of biologists, bioinformaticians and research software engineers based at EPCC and The Wallace Lab at University of Edinburgh, The Shah Lab at Rutgers University and The Lareau Lab at University of California, Berkeley will enhance and extend a software suite, called RiboViz to extract biological insight from "ribosome profiling" data and drive forward…
By Geraint Palmer, Nikoleta Glynatsi, and Vincent Knight. On the 8th and 9th of January 2019, three Fellows of the Software Sustainability Institute (Vincent Knight (2016), Nikoleta Glynatsi (2017), and Geraint Palmer (2018)) delivered an annual Research Software Development Workshop for PhD students are the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University.
By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. Sustainer is "the individual or organisation who is concerned with the fragile state and future of highly-used and impactful open source projects." A diverse and fantastic group of sustainers met in London at the end of October for a day discussion related to the sustainability of open source projects.
By Mike Jackson, Research Software Engineer. When developing research software, we need to know what we are going to write, who it is for (even if this is just us), how we will get it to them, how it will help them, and how we will evaluate whether it has helped them. A Software Management Plan (SMP) can help us think about these and decide upon the processes we will use when developing our software. To help write SMPs, we have now published version 1.0 of our Checklist for a Software Management Plan.

By Scott Henwood, Director of Research Software at CANARIE.

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