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#lovedataweek: Data Needs Software

As part of Love Data Week 2019, we thought it would be worth taking a brief moment to think about software. Software is not data, but software is essential for working with data – whether that’s creating it, collecting it, processing it or analysing it. In many cases, the software used for these purposes will…

15 February 2019Research Computing Research Data Management

Software Carpentry 27-28th November

On 27th and 28th of November the Library will be helping to run a Software Carpentry workshop for research staff and postgraduate research students. The workshop will cover The Unix Shell Version Control with Git Programming with Python Full details are available on the workshop webpage and registration is via CAPOD’s Personal Development Management System.…

1 November 2018Research Computing

Attendance of CERL’s Visual Approaches to Cultural Heritage, 14 March 2018

The Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) held its Spring seminar in Zürich, and I was lucky enough to attend. The seminar was held at ETHzürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich), the city’s other university, in one of its very stylish and modern buildings. ETH’s central campus is on a hill in the old town, with…

2 April 2018Research Computing

Free stuff for academic software developers

It’s Black Friday, which seems as good a time as any to flag up a couple of year-round discounts available to academics who write code as part of their work.

24 November 2017Research Computing

Software Carpentry

Following the success of the two Software Carpentry workshops we ran last semester, we’ll be running another one on 4th-6th December in the Gateway, covering The Unix Shell Version Control with Git Programming in R Databases and SQL Software Carpentry “has been teaching researchers the computing skills they need to get more done in less…

26 October 2017Research Computing

Software Sustainability Institute blog post

The Software Sustainability Institute, a “national facility for cultivating and improving research software to support world-class research” asked Research Computing to contribute a blog post for their series Day in the software life. Happy to oblige, we wrote an article on how Solr helps our work with thousands of XML documents. The article covers the…

26 May 2017Research Computing

Collating Ogoneks

No, this isn’t one of Captain Haddock’s expletives, uttered after drinking a bottle of whisky. Which isn’t to say that there was no cursing or desire for string drink when Research Computing helped PhD student Vittorio Mattioli to produce a digital edition of two versions of the Icelandic Eddic poem Grímnismál, as part of his thesis.…

5 May 2017Research Computing

Research Software Survey Results

There were 29 responses to the Research Software survey run at the end of 2016 – not bad considering it was only sent to about 100 people. Responses were received from the Schools of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography & Geosciences, History, Mathematics & Statistics, Medicine, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology and Neuroscience. These weren’t…

25 January 2017Research Computing

Research Software Survey

Following the Research Data Management survey during the summer, we would like to try and capture some more information about the development of software for research via a more focused survey of those people at St Andrews who develop software as part of their research activity. This is so that we can better understand how best…

6 December 2016Research Computing

1st conference of Research Software Engineers

Update: Slides from many of the talks are now available via the conference website. Software engineers – twisted sense of humour #rse16 #forgotgitadd — Tim Nicholls (@timcnicholls) September 15, 2016 The first conference of Research Software Engineers (RSEs) was held by the UK RSE Association at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester…

21 September 2016Research Computing

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