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.

News

Reports from the first Research Software Engineering conference

Mike Croucher, Research Software Engineer at The University of Sheffield and Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute, has written a blog about the recent RSE conference in Manchester, which was attended by 202 funders, industry, academic researchers and research software engineers from 14 different countries.

Simon Hettrick of the Software Sustainability Institute aslo blogged about the conference.

New R users group

A new R users group is just getting started in Oxford. If you use R at all, do check out  https://oxfordrusers.github.io/ and https://twitter.com/oxfordrusers. The group aims to collate useful R resources and relevant events, hopefully building to organising regular group meetings and seminars.

Report on the Fortran Modernisation Workshop

This two day intense workshop covered a vast array of topics related to developing reliable computational science software in Fortran more effectively, yet still retained time for practical work trying these out and discussions between the course leaders and participants. It was attended by 31 students and staff members of the University. Wadud Miah (NAG) led the workshop, assisted in lecturing by Fatima Chami (Durham) and Kyle Fernandes (Cambridge).

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