In the third episode of the Nature careers podcast series on workplace technologies, Simon Hettrick, Software Sustainability Institute Deputy Director, tells Julie Gould about the role of research software engineers (RSEs). Simon also talks about the history of the research software engineer as a career path, including the birth of RSE groups and the annual RSE Conference, what they do, how their skills can support researchers with limited coding skills, and how you can become one.
By Ilektra Christidi, UCL and Stephan Druskat, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. During the Third RSE conference in September, an international session was held in order to tap into the experiences and ideas of emerging RSE communities and associations around the world. The goal was to hold a more open discussion on the initiatives to be taken to coordinate this activity at an international level, capitalising on the RSE International Leaders workshop earlier this year.
By Stephan Druskat, Jurriaan H. Spaaks, Netherlands eScience Center, and Alexander Struck.
In order to enable attribution and credit for Research Software Engineers, and other developers of and contributors to research software, software must be made citable, and must be cited. One of the obstacles for correct and comprehensive software citation is the lack, or suboptimal discoverability, of relevant metadata. While, for instance, papers provide their metadata quite obviously (i.e., title, authors, containing publication, publication date, etc.), software hardly ever does.
By Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow.
This year I attended for the first time the third edition of the RSE conference thanks to the support of the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship. The conference brings together Research Software Engineers (or RSEs) from across the UK and the world.
By Tim Powell, Research Software Engineer at the STFC Hartree Centre. This post was first published at the STFC Hartree Centre blog. On 3rd September the peaceful campus of Birmingham University came alive with bubbling groups of research software engineers, talking in excited tones about their latest optimisation tool and favourite python library, as the third annual conference of Research Software Engineers was started!
Registration for RSE 2018 in Birmingham in September is now open. The conference will kick off on Monday 3rd September with registration from 08:30 to 09:30 and the last session will wrap up at 17:30. A conference dinner sponsored by Microsoft will be held that evening in the Great Hall at 19:30 starting with a drinks reception at 19:00. The conference will continue on Tuesday 4th September with registration for anyone who hasn’t registered on Monday at 08:30, and sessions starting at 09:30 and will close at 17:30.