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Software Carpentry Boot Camp: 3-4 December, Edinburgh

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 2 Oct 2013 | 14:07

EPCC is hosting a Software Carpentry boot camp on 3-4 December 2013. The boot camp is designed to teach software development skills to researchers, helping them to do more in less time and with less pain.

"What Makes Good Code Good?" at INTECOL13

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 26 Aug 2013 | 10:21

London Docklands

I ran the latest instalment of The Software Sustainability Institute's "What Makes Good Code Good" discussions at INTECOL13 in London's Docklands on 21st August.

I attended at the invitation of Matthew Smith from the BES Computational Ecology Specialist Interest Group and Microsoft Research, and Greg Wilson from Software Carpentry. I'd expected about 20 attendees and was pleasantly surprised (nay, stunned) when about 100 turned up. 

DiRAC driving test ready to roll

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 25 Jul 2013 | 10:44

Since June 2012, The Software Sustainability Institute and Software Carpentry have been working with the DiRAC consortium to develop a "driving test" or basic software skills aptitude test. The test is now ready to be rolled out across DiRAC, the UK's integrated supercomputing facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology.

Software Carpentry in Bath

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 | 07:35

This week I was in Bath to lead a Software Carpentry boot camp organised by Software Sustainability Institute fellow, Alex Chartier. I was joined by Chris Woods from the University of Bristol, who made his instructor debut. The SSI fellow Manchester fellow, Michael Croucher, also came along to help out.

The Software Sustainability Institute at INTECOL13

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 8 Jul 2013 | 07:55

On 21st August 2013, The Software Sustainability Institute will be attending INTECOL13 in London's Docklands. The 11th International Congress of Ecology, hosted by the British Ecological Society and INTECOL, is one of the world's premier conferences for ecologists. At the invitation of Matthew Smith of the BES Computational Ecology Specialist Interest Group and Microsoft Research, and Greg Wilson of Software Carpentry, we've both a talk and a session. INTECOL13 logo

Software Carpentry highlights at the EGI Forum

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 16 Apr 2013 | 10:58

At last week's EGI Forum, I delivered a day of Software Carpentry boot camp "highlights" as part of The Software Sustainability Institute's training activities. These were taster sessions drawn from Software Carpentry's highly successful

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