About the Research Software Developers Network

Is part of your role developing software or electronic data for research, in any academic discipline? Would you like to meet others like you, share experiences, and learn from each other? Would you like help finding similar roles when your current contract ends? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the RSDN is for you.

Or are you a researcher or manager who needs help with software development for a project? Would you like somewhere to go for informal expert advice? Do you struggle to recruit people with the skills you need? Would you like access to a pool of talented individuals already employed by the University? If so, then the RSDN can help you.

We welcome involvement from all interested in these topics, in all parts of the University, whether you are a graduate student, or academic or support staff. Register to get the most out of this site and join the network.


RSDN open meeting: Life is messy - analysing household activity data to understand electricity use patterns

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Dr Phil Grunewald and Dr Marina Diakonova from the Environmental Change Institute will give an update on the Energy Demand Modelling METER project (Measuring and Evaluating Time- and Energy-use Relationships).

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Oxford Hub - Launch event

Thursday, 26 October 2017 -
3:30pm to 6:00pm

Academics and members of staff of the University are invited to participate in the VR & AR launch event. This will provide an opportunity for networking, to try out VR demos, and to discuss how the VR & AR hub can support interdisciplinary research projects.

Single Node Performance Optimisation 2 day course

Monday, 6 November 2017 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 4:30pm

On 6-7 November, ARCHER, the national academic supercomputing service, will be holding a course on Single Node Performance Optimisation in Oxford. This is aimed at C, C++ and Fortran programmers, and will help them get the best performance out of their code. The course will cover machine architecture, profiling tools, use of the compiler, and code restructuring techniques.


Courses in Software Engineering at the University of Oxford

The University of Oxford's Software Engineering Programme offers short courses in a variety of subjects. These courses may be used as credit towards a Masters' degree (MSc) in Software Engineering from the University of Oxford. Applications are welcome from anyone with an appropriate combination of academic achievement and industrial experience; a first degree in a related discipline may be useful, but is by no means necessary.


IEA Software development for scientists L1

Learn best practice programming techniques for engineers and scientists with hands-on learning through practical exercises

If you write routines and scripts to manipulate or display data, the Software Development for Scientists course, delivered by the Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) will enable you to learn best practice programming techniques to write elegant and reusable code. You may be from any numerate discipline that requires coding, from maths and geography to biology, environmental science or meteorology.

Reproducible Research planning workshops announced

We will be holding our next Data Carpentry workshop, on September 26–27, 2017 in the Department of Anthropology. The workshop will cover Python, spreadsheets, and SQL with a focus on Humanities Data.

The workshop is free and open to students, researchers, and staff of the University. The workshop website will have details, including information on how to register, shortly.