Software Sustainability Institute
Posted: 15 Sep 2021 | 15:47
Researchers can now easily cite the software they use with GitHub’s new built-in citation support, giving proper credit and recognition to those who develop research software.
Researchers can now get the recommended citation for software on GitHub, through its support for the Citation File Format (CFF). If a code repository contains a CITATION.cff file, GitHub will provide the citation ready to use in a publication. Two other tools have announced support for CITATION.cff files: Zenodo will import the information automatically for a software release, and Zotero will add the software citation to a researcher’s reference collection.
Posted: 21 Apr 2021 | 15:38
The Software Sustainability Institute’s (SSI) Research Software Camp on research accessibility took place from 21 February to 5 March 2021. The Camp focussed on different aspects of research accessibility, ranging from making tools, datasets and software reproducible, open and sustainable, to exploring formats and tools to facilitate and improve accessibility for the disabled. In this post, we will share how we used relevant sections of the SSI Event Organisation Guide to plan, organise, and deliver the Camp.
Posted: 11 Dec 2020 | 08:50
By Edward Wallace, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh.
Why I need sustainable software for my research
I run a lab, or research group, in the School of Biological Sciences at Edinburgh. My group is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society and BBSRC. We're interested in questions about how cells decide which proteins to make and when. Also, how cells change which proteins they make when they learn something from the environment and need to change what they're doing. In the 21st century we collect some very large datasets to measure this. There are datasets based on sequencing the RNA, which encodes protein, and datasets that measure all the proteins in cells at the same time. These datasets are measuring thousands of different things in many samples, often dozens of samples. Each dataset is gigabytes in size, and so it's quite hard work to dig into them and get the simplest and most relevant answers about what cells are doing.
Posted: 14 May 2020 | 10:00
The Collaborations Workshop is the annual flagship event of the Software Sustainability Institute. For the last ten years it has brought together researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders, and educators to explore and share best practice.
The Workshop is a highly interactive event with about 100 participants, and is designed to facilitate meeting as many new people as possible. With the global pandemic forcing us to stay at home, could we successfully recreate the experience online, and with only three weeks to prepare?
Posted: 14 May 2019 | 10:24
Lucia Michielin, currently working for the Software Sustainability Institute, tells us about the Edinburgh Carpentries effort and a networking event to be held on the 24th of May.
Edinburgh Carpentries, a new training initiative, was launched on September 2018 at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the Software Sustainability Institute. Since then the initiative has started to propagate to other institutes in the Edinburgh area, eg Heriot Watt University. Edinburgh Carpentries uses and leverages teaching materials and infrastructure from The Carpentries (carpentries.org) .
Posted: 15 Apr 2019 | 10:41
This year's Software Sustainability Institute's Collaboration's Workshop, CW19, was held from 1–3 April at the University of Loughborough. There were almost 70 attendees from all over the UK and further afield too - Germany, the Netherlands and the US. I am of the opinion that this is one of the best types networking workshops I have been to, possibly equalled by the UK RSE conferences.
Posted: 19 Mar 2019 | 10:16
The Software Sustainability Institute's (SSI) Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) will be held at the West Park Teaching Hub, Loughborough University, Loughborough from 1-3 April 2019. This year the workshop will be themed around topics based on interoperability, documentation, training, and sustainability. Keynote speakers will include Catherine Stihler, CEO of Open Knowledge International, and Franziska Heine (link points to a German article), Head of Software & Development at Wikimedia Deutschland. They will open the event on 1st April.
Posted: 10 Dec 2018 | 10:59
By Raniere Silva, Community Officer at the Software Sustainability Institute.
The Software Sustainability Institute is pleased to announce applications to our Fellowship Programme 2019 are now open. Below we detail the application process and what to expect from us during the recruitment and post-recruitment stages.
Posted: 2 Mar 2018 | 11:57
Recently, with my Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) hat on, we helped to deliver a Software Carpentry Course here at Edinburgh organised by the School of Physics and Astronomy (SOPA). My fellow instructors were my EPCC colleagues Mike Jackson and Neelofer Banglawala, and SOPA's Andy Washbrook.
Posted: 30 Aug 2017 | 13:10
Applications are open for the Software Sustainability Institute's Fellowship Programme 2018. The Fellowship Programme will support you to talk about software in your research domain to a wider audience, network with others who share a passion for software in research, and learn key skills to benefit you and those you collaborate with.
The programme includes £3000 to use towards travel or conference fees over a 15-month period. You will also be able to interact with other Fellows from 2018 and previous years, thus enabling you to build a network of dynamic people throughout the UK.