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.

USA – UK Travel Grants for Research Software Engineers

EPSRC have announced a USA-UK Research Software Engineer Travel fund aimed at encouraging collaboration between the UK and USA-based RSE communities.  If your research group produces or uses research software then you can apply! 

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Methodicate tool seeks early users and developers

Methodicate is an intuitive software tool that improves research reproducibility by capturing the entire exploration process, from idea to data analysis to communication of findings, through automated version tracking. Unlike other tools, Methodicate has little-to-no learning curve and is flexible enough to fit your individual workflow. Methodicate is being developed by three full-time Oxford researchers and is supported by the IT Innovation Fund. We are looking for:

Oxford e-Research Centre's Ania Brown to give workshop at RSE17

Ania Brown, Research Software Engineer at the Oxford e-Research Centre, will give a workshop on 'An introduction to GPU optimisation using the NVIDIA visual profiler' at the RSE conference in Manchester on 7-8 September:

RSE conference call for proposals now open

The RSE Conference Committee is currently calling for 15-minute talks, posters and 90-minute workshops or tutorials. Submit your proposals <> by 28th April 2017

State of the Nation report on Research Software Engineers released

The first State of the National Report for Research Software Engineers provides a history of the RSE campaign and a snapshot of the RSE community as it stands today. The report describes the expert community that has flourished in UK research, details the successes that have been achieved, and the barriers that prevent further progress.

The report is available for download from Zenodo.



Valeraann Collaboration Opportunity

Valeraann Collaboration Opportunity – deadline Thurs 30 March

RSDN open meeting 9th Feb

The RSDN open meeting on Thursday 9th February welcomed Dr. Peggy McCready, Director of Academic IT Services.


Google Summer of Code 2017

[From the Software Sustainability Institute]

The first phase of Google Summer of Code 2017 launched on January 19th and by participating as an open source project or mentor you could help make this edition the best one so far. This is an opportunity to have that change to your IDE that you have dreamt of for months, remove the bottleneck in your data analysis pipeline or test a new idea by the end of August.


New project aims to lay groundwork for reproducible research culture at Oxford

Reproducible Research Oxford is a project based at the University of Oxford. The project aims to lay the groundwork for a culture of research reproducibility at Oxford, focusing on training in the effective use of computational tools in research. These tools are widely used in some disciplines, and they can enable researchers to easily track the process leading from data to results, so that it is fully reproducible. However, researchers often lack the opportunities, incentives and confidence to make best use of these tools.