The HiddenREF committee has published a new article in the Times Higher Education. The article addresses the new rules for REF but highlights there is still a long way to go unless institutions "get over their obsession with publications." In the article "UK HEIs must embrace the REF’s invitation to improve research culture", you can read why the HiddenREF movement is pushing for change and how it's already made a difference.
James Cleaver, Gemma Derrick and Simon Hettrick take a look at the potential implications for research assessment, were more open research practices adopted and a wider range of research outputs recognised.

Studies carried out by the Software Sustainability Institute.


Shaping AHRC policy on software and data

Researchers: Dr. Rebecca Taylor (PI), Prof. Simon Hettrick (Co-I), Prof. David De Roure (Co-I), Johanna Walker. 

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Understanding the software used to analyse social sciences data

Researchers: Mr. Neil Chue Hong (PI), Dr. Mario Antonioletti, Ms. Selina Aragon, Johanna Walker. 

An article highlighting the importance of the Hidden REF, called Time to celebrate science’s ‘hidden’ contributors, features in Nature this week. 
This year the Software Sustainability Institute will be running a study to better understand the software and skills required for large-scale research computing. The results will inform recommendations for the policies and support required.
STRIDE is a £1 million project on socio-technical resilience in software development and is looking for people who do software engineering work in a research context (including both those who do and do not currently identify as RSE’s) to take part in a survey.
Johanna Walker writes about mapping policies and mechanisms provided by UKRI and other funders and stakeholders to support and promote digital skills in Arts and Humanities research.
Work led by the SSI on “Recognising the value of software: how libraries can help the adoption of software citation” has won a LIBER 2021 Award for Library Innovation, sponsored by OCLC.
Surveys are used in academia to collect data, investigate research questions, or to understand environments and drive policy. Can we improve their sustainability and reusability?
European Open Science Cloud's (EOSC) document on Scholarly Infrastructures for Research Software is now open for public consultation.
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