Sustainability

The Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2020 (CW20) will take place from Tuesday 31 March to Thursday 2 April 2020 in Belfast, Northern Ireland and registration is now open.
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 R. Stuart Geiger, Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Robert Haines, James Hetherington, Chris Holdgraf, Heiko Mueller, Martin O'Reilly, Tomas Petricek, Jake VanderPlas (authors in alphabetical order)

The Software Sustainability Institute is delighted to invite researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders, and educators to explore best practices and the future of research software.

The ICT4S conferences bring together leading researchers in ICT for Sustainability with government and industry representatives, including decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications.

By Mateusz Kuzak, Netherlands eScience Center 

At the Netherlands eScience Center we aim to share as much code as possible between our diverse research projects. We also want to share our code with research communities. One of the reasons why we do this is to increase sustainability of our software, by extending its life beyond the life of our projects. 

How to practically approach this goal? What makes software easy or hard to take and reuse for your own project? What makes it easy to contribute to and to improve it?

By Steve Crouch, Research Software Group lead

With Autumn just around the corner, September has seen some exciting activities within the Institute’s Research Software Group. We’re helping improve the testing of Grid accounting software used by the Large Hadron Collider, we’re assessing the sustainability of a web service that supports greater fitness, and we’ve had a record number of applications into the recently closed Open Call!

By Steve Crouch, Research Software Group Lead.

During August, the Institute’s Research Software Group has helped developers in the areas of reflectance imaging and field theory to improve the usability and sustainability of their research software. We’ve also heard back from a previous project, where our work continues to realise a significant impact. Our Open Call is still open until 30 September - If you are looking for help with your own research software, why not submit an application?

By Mike Jackson, Software Architect.

The UK open source service, OSS Watch, have recently published their Openness Rating tool. This tool allows projects to assess their openness and can be applied to both open and closed source software. In this blog post, I'll provide a summary of the Openness Rating tool and how it complements our own online Sustainability Evaluation Service.

By Elaine Massung, Research Assistant, and Dan Schien, Research Associate, at the University of Bristol,

This article is part of our series: a day in the software life, in which we ask researchers from all disciplines to discuss the tools that make their research possible.

The threat of climate change and the need to reduce carbon emissions has gained the attention of many scientists and programmers working in the field of sustainability and human-computer interaction (HCI).

One area in particular that has received close scrutiny is domestic energy…

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