This is the 4th monthly newsletter from the Research Software Engineering Team at Sheffield. We aim to share our experiences and information of other communities for those using software for research. This newsletter is a collection of interesting events and opportunities over the coming month. It also includes signposting to other resources that we have found beneficial or interesting. You may find the content within interest if you are someone in research using software: such as researchers, research developers, or people paid to develop software like Research Software Engineers (RSEs).
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It’s that time of the year again to brush up on our version control and online collaboration skills and carve some time out to learn more about and contribute to Open Source. Need more motivation? If you make 4 contributions to a participating project on GitHub you get an awesome limited edition t-shirt!
Contributing to open source can be fun and rewarding! It can also be daunting for new contributors, so the RSE team have put together a series of sessions to support folks new to open source and provide a space for folks to hack together. We kicked off Hacktoberfest on the 6th of October with an online session which included an introduction to open source and a practical exercise of making a pull request (contribution) using 3 different frameworks! (command, line, GitKraken, R & Rstudio). If you missed our session you can check out our online materials. We’ll then be hosting online hack sessions every Tuesday 2-4pm providing a space to hang out, hack together and get help if needed. Find our more details and register to get access to the hack room.
The second edition of Lunchbytes was also a big success and focused on the pros and cons of Jupyter Notebooks! In particular, we hosted three short talks:
The video recordings of the session are also now available.
The video recordings of the first Lunchbytes session are also now available.
Look out for our next LunchBytes session in December! Topic to be confirmed.
Exciting new opportunities for EPSRC funded fellowships with opportunity for early career stage onwards applicants to focus on innovation, instrumentation/technique development or software engineering or to include non‐technical elements to create positive change in the research community.
A Recording of the Society of Research Software Engineering Annual General Meeting 2020 held on the 7th of September 2020 is now available.
Data deficits: why we need to monitor the demand and supply of information in real time Article about a project two members of the RSE team where involved in (Twin Karmakham and David Wilby) in collaboration with with GATE and FirstDraftNews. The project involves monitoring disinformation around COVID19, went live this month and includes a dashboard of live data and an analysis of fact checks over the first six months of the pandemic.
If you think there are other great training resources we should advertise, please get in contact.
The RSE team aims to collaborate with you to help improve your research software. We can provide dedicated staff to ensure that you can deliver excellent research software engineering on your research projects.
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