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Highlights of the Fellowship Programme 2019 Launch Webinar

Latest version published on 18 January, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. On Friday 11th January 2019 we hosted the Fellowship Programme 2019 Launch Webinar with the participation of Fellows Becky Arnold, Martin Donnelly, Vincent Knight, Danny Wong and Yo Yehudi. Applications to the Fellowship Programme are open until 3rd February 2019.

Three reasons a Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship can supercharge your career

Latest version published on 11 January, 2019.

By Yo Yehudi, Software Sustainability Institute Fellow In 2018, Yo joined the Institute as one of our Fellows. She has kindly agreed to write a post about her experience as a Fellow. Here, she details a few reasons for applying to the Fellowship Programme and what being a Fellow has meant for her.

Summary of international session at RSE18

Latest version published on 10 January, 2019.

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.

How to contribute to open source software

Latest version published on 8 January, 2019.

By Becky Arnold, University of Sheffield. On the 28th of November, Yo Yehudi of the Software Sustainability Institute  and the University of Cambridge gave a half day workshop for researchers on how to contribute to open source software at the University of Sheffield.

Register for the Fellowship Programme 2019 Launch Webinar

Latest version published on 4 January, 2019.

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute. Happy New Year! What are your plans for 2019? Would £3.000 help you accomplish your plans? The Institute's Fellowship programme funds researchers who want to improve computational practice in their areas of work. We’ve recently opened applications to the Fellowship Programme until 3rd February 2019.

Life after my Fellowship

Latest version published on 19 December, 2018.

By Robyn Grant, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Physiology & Behaviour, Manchester Metropolitan University. I was inspired to apply for the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme in 2014 when I saw that it was not just for software developers, but software users too. I am a biologist, working on animal sensing and movement, and have spent quite a lot of my time working with programmers to develop software that can track my high-speed videos of animals moving in complex ways.

The Research Software Directory and how it promotes software citation - Improve the findability, citability, and reproducibility of research software

Latest version published on 4 January, 2019.

By Jurriaan H. Spaaks, Stefan Verhoeven, Tom Klaver, Jason Maassen, (Netherlands eScience Center) and Stephan Druskat (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin). This post was originally published at the NL eScience Center blog. The Netherlands eScience Center currently employs about 50 Research Software Engineers who work side-by-side with domain scientists to address technological challenges that need to be overcome in order to answer the research questions.

How to make a great screencast application for the Fellowship Programme 2019

Latest version published on 17 December, 2018.

By Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute. We collect a good amount of data in the Fellowship Programme application form, but we only provide the screencast and writing sample to reviewers – the information about candidates is used to assign reviewers to mark sheets, as reported in "Assigning Fellowship programme 2018 applications to reviewers".

The Software Sustainability Institute 2018 highlights

Latest version published on 14 December, 2018.

By Selina Aragon, Communications Lead. 2018 has been a successful year full of activities and events here at the Institute. As the year is coming to an end, we thought we’d gather some of our best stories to share them with our readers. So, here’s what we’ve been up to.

Some software should be sustained, and some shouldn’t. But how can we choose, what is the cost of sustaining it, and what is the cost of letting it pass away?

Latest version published on 17 December, 2018.

By Andrew Edmondson​​​​​​​, Mike Zentner, and Cristian A. Marocico. We’re writing this blog from the perspective of people who are responsible for helping researchers in our institutions develop their own software for their own research purposes. We want to help our communities to make the right decisions about the sustainability of their software – and therefore about their time and money.