Applications Now Open for the URSSI Winter School in Research Software Engineering

Kyle Niemeyer, Jeffrey Carver, Karthik Ram • July 9, 2019

Do you develop software for your research? Do you have some basic skills but desire more? If so, you might be interested in the URSSI Winter School in Research Software Engineering. As part of the URSSI institute planning, we are planning a pilot 2.5-day workshop on research software engineering skills. This is aimed at early-career researchers, including graduate students and postdocs, who are familiar with the basics such as the Unix shell, version control with Git, and Python programming, and would like to learn more about best-practices for developing research software.

Essential Open Source Software for Science: Supporting the Computational Foundations of Biology

Dario Taraborelli, Jeremy Freeman, Nicholas Sofroniew • July 8, 2019

(reposted from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Science Medium) Open source software is a key ingredient of modern science. Hundreds of software packages, libraries, and applications have become essential tools. Whether it’s searching a genome sequence for a disease gene, counting cells in a microscope image, or tracking the evolution of an Ebola outbreak, software is critical to the work scientists do every day — and much of it is built by researchers who volunteer their time and effort to make their tools available and usable by others.

URSSI Conceptualization Survey Results

Jeffrey Carver • May 20, 2019

URSSI Community Survey - Initial Results To better understand research software user and developer communities, we conducted a survey of research software users and developers. The focus of the survey was to gather information to help identify how to increase the sustainability of research software. To gather a broad range of perspectives, we distributed the survey to 25,000 NSF and 25,000 NIH PIs whose projects involve research software, as well as mailing lists of interested people such as the WSSSPE email list.

Why Research Software Engineers?

Ian Cosden • April 16, 2019

Why Research Software Engineers? At Princeton University, our Research Software Engineering group is nearing its third birthday but many people still ask basic questions about us: What is a Research Software Engineer? What do you do? How do you work with researchers? In an attempt to answer some of these questions I like to begin with an analogy. Most adults know how to cook something. Maybe it’s ramen, tacos, or lasagna.

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