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1 Shiny App Pilot Service Launched

Article Published: 4 Oct 2021, 10:38 a.m. Revised: 4 Oct 2021, 10:39 a.m.

If you're an R user, Shiny lets you build interactive web apps to share your work with the world. Find out how we can help you do it with our new Shiny pilot service.

2 Introducing Software Citation

Article Published: 9 Sep 2021, 12:37 p.m. Revised: 21 Sep 2021, 12:47 p.m.

In August, GitHub announced software citation support in GitHub repositories. Discover how Rob Haines, Head of Research IT, played an instrumental role in making this happen.

3 Tackling Hay Fever One Tool at a Time

Article Published: 8 Sep 2021, 2:03 p.m. Revised: 8 Sep 2021, 2:17 p.m.

Ann Gledson, Research Software Engineer, is working with researchers from Computer Science and the Alan Turing Institute to investigate the relationship between hay fever and air quality.

4 LinguaSnapp Gets a Facelift

Article Published: 6 Sep 2021, 2:47 p.m. Revised: 6 Sep 2021, 2:47 p.m.

Read about the new LinguaSnapp mobile app developed by our Mobile Development Service (MDS). Supporting the Multi-Lingual Manchester project, it is available in three flavours (Manchester, Jerusalem and Melbourne) and was built for Android and iOS using our favourite .NET cross platform framework.

5 Modelling the COVID-19 Pandemic

Article Published: 27 Jul 2021, 12:56 p.m. Revised: 29 Jul 2021, 2:15 p.m.

Research Software Engineers, Peter Crowther and Ann Gledson, have been working with the University Department of Mathematics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on improving their simulation model of contact tracing, which can be used to predict and explain the effectiveness of different strategies in reducing the spread of SARS-CoV-2

6 Making a Difference Award for Manchester Urban Observatory

Article Published: 19 Jul 2021, 11:12 a.m. Revised: 19 Jul 2021, 11:12 a.m.

Ann Gledson, Research Software Engineer, is part of a cross-university team that recently won a University of Manchester “Making a Difference” award for the Manchester Urban Observatory.

7 Data Mining Student Engagement Patterns

Article Published: 23 Jun 2021, 12:39 p.m. Revised: 23 Jun 2021, 12:39 p.m.

Back in 2019, two Research Software Engineers (RSEs) were co-authors on a paper which aimed to motivate users to reflect on their search behaviour, and to experiment with different search functionalities. This work has now been extended using data mining.

8 Distributing Hardware-optimized Simulation Software with Conda

Article Published: 25 May 2021, 9:24 a.m. Revised: 25 May 2021, 9:24 a.m.

Two of our Research Software Engineers have been working with the University eScience Lab on a BioExcel project to develop Conda packages for GROMACS making it easier for researchers to set up and run the software and to increase its reproducibility from computational workflow systems.

9 Teaching the Next Generation of Software Engineers

Article Published: 28 Apr 2021, 12:30 p.m. Revised: 4 May 2021, 11:22 a.m.

Find out how our Research Software Engineers have been working with researchers from Computer Science to bring coding to the next generation.

10 Mobile Service features in “Research On the Go”

Article Published: 25 Feb 2021, 9:29 a.m. Revised: 25 Feb 2021, 9:29 a.m.

Research Software Engineer (RSE) Patricia Barnby and Mobile Development Service (MDS) lead Adrian Harwood were recently guest panellists on the popular Society of Research Software Engineering webinar series where they discussed how RSE groups handle the growing demand for mobile apps from researchers.

11 Analysing Tweets from Twitter

Article Published: 9 Feb 2021, 10:36 a.m. Revised: 9 Feb 2021, 10:36 a.m.

Twitter has just announced a new programme to allow researchers to interact with Twitter to extract data for research purposes. In this blog Peter Crowther, a Research Software Engineer in Research IT, gives an introduction to interacting with Twitter programmatically and what these latest changes mean for researchers.

12 Developing an open source environmental data-set and tools

Article Published: 6 Jan 2021, 12:07 p.m. Revised: 6 Jan 2021, 12:17 p.m.

Douglas Lowe and Ann Gledson, Research Software Engineers from Research IT, recently presented an online poster updating on the work they have been doing for an Alan Turing Institute funded project led by David Topping (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Caroline Jay (School of Computer Science).

13 Microsoft Research Technology Professionals Community Launch

Article Published: 25 Nov 2020, 12:41 p.m. Revised: 25 Nov 2020, 12:44 p.m.

Microsoft have recently launched a new community for Research Software Engineers (RSEs), Data Scientists, Data Stewards and System Administrators.

14 Research IT November Costing Clinic

Event 19 Nov 2020
Registration is NOW CLOSED

It’s really important that you include all the Research IT services you require in your research grant application AND that you talk to us before you submit your application. This allows us to plan accordingly and to make sure that the effort and support are available at the right time if your grant application is successful.

15 bmBASE: Web Application & Database

Article Published: 26 Aug 2020, 1:30 p.m. Revised: 26 Aug 2020, 2:22 p.m.

Veselin Karaganev, a Computer Science summer student from the University has been working with our Research Software Engineers to develop a web database for the basement membraneBASE project from Wellcome Centre for Cell-Matrix Research.

16 EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowships 2020

Article Published: 21 Jul 2020, 10:02 a.m. Revised: 21 Jul 2020, 10:08 a.m.

There is a prestigious 5-year Research Software Engineering Fellowship call announced with first round deadline on 18 August 2020.

17 Personalising Breast Cancer Risk

Article Published: 29 Jun 2020, 9:16 a.m. Revised: 29 Jun 2020, 9:16 a.m.

Andrew Jerrison, Research Software Engineer, explains how he worked with researchers led by Prof. Gareth Evans from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, to develop a software application to collect and collate data that allows them to give women a personalised risk assessment of breast cancer at their normal screening session.

18 Research IT and SpiNNaker

Article Published: 28 Apr 2020, 12:55 p.m. Revised: 28 Apr 2020, 12:55 p.m.

Find out how Research IT research software engineers are playing a key role in SpiNNaker, part of the Human Brain project.

19 Virtual Environments Top Tips

Article Published: 3 Feb 2020, 10:57 a.m.

Virtual Environments are a tool for isolating and tracking the software packages that you use for your work. Why is this useful to you? Let Research Software Engineers Douglas Lowe and Ann Gledson explain!

20 Open Source Interaction and Data Visualisation Tool Launched

Article Published: 23 Jan 2020, 4:15 p.m.

As part of the BBC Data Partnership, Joshua Woodcock, a Research Software Engineer in Research IT, developed the Interaction Data Visualisation Tool, (IDVT); a web-based data visualisation tool for the initial analysis of low-level interaction data taken from object-based user experiences.

21 Research IT Club - Comparing Digital Images

Article Published: 21 Jan 2020, 11:46 a.m. Revised: 27 Mar 2020, 2:43 p.m.

The first Research IT club of 2020 takes place next month on the 12

th

of Feb. Come along to see our services in action through researcher presentations and to hear the latest research IT news. The February event sees Velson Horie from Manchester Museum describe online image comparison software and accompanying website produced for him by Research IT. Register now to attend on the 12th.

22 Searching for Something?

Article Published: 18 Dec 2019, 1:36 p.m.

Two of our Research Software Engineers (RSEs) are named on a recently published paper aiming to motivate users to reflect on their search behaviour, and to experiment with different search functionalities.

23 Making Large Databases Easily Available

Article Published: 12 Dec 2019, 10:24 a.m. Revised: 27 Mar 2020, 2:42 p.m.

Research IT have recently collaborated with Dr. Mabel Sánchez Barrioluengo in the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) to make a large patent information database easily available to researchers in AMBS and across the University.

24 Best Practice Top Tips

Article Published: 2 Dec 2019, 11:32 a.m.
This month we have a bumper collection of top tips from our Research Software Engineers (RSEs)! They are passing on a selection of good practice tips which they advise all researchers who develop or write software, to consider adopting.

25 Film User Reviews Web Scraper

Article Published: 30 Oct 2019, 5:33 p.m. Revised: 27 Mar 2020, 2:42 p.m.

Research IT's drop-in sessions are just one of our many ways of reaching out to researchers across the University. We get some very interesting requests at our sessions and this is a great example of how our Research Software Engineers (RSEs) were able to help out.

26 Multi-skilled Research Software Engineers

Article Published: 18 Oct 2019, 12:48 p.m.
If you, as a researcher, are thinking of requesting help from our team of Research Software Engineers (RSEs), you may want to know what skills they have. By 'skills' we mean everything from programming languages through specification, methods and testing (to name just some). Ian Cottam describes how we've made it easy to find out.

27 Research IT Club October Presentations

Article Published: 11 Oct 2019, 10:44 a.m.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the first Research IT club of the academic year. If you were unable to attend, all the presentations are now available at the links below. We had some great presentations on how our RSEs built a searchable database for Alzheimer’s Research and the first case study of our Cloud bursting in action.

28 Hacking Fluids Around Structures on GPUs in Sheffield

Article Published: 3 Sep 2019, 3:11 p.m.

Ian Hinder, Research Software Engineer (RSE) from Research IT recently attended a GPU Hackathon at the University of Sheffield. In this blog post he explains the outcomes of the event and the benefits of having research software engineers involved in research projects.

29 Research IT Drop-in Sessions are Back!

Article Published: 29 Aug 2019, 9:04 a.m.
At Research IT we know how busy researchers are, and how talking face to face can be the easiest way to communicate a problem or complex research idea. That's why every other Wednesday in term-time we host drop-in sessions across across campus so you can talk to our experts in person about anything research computing related.

30 Costing Mobile App Development

Article Published: 29 Jul 2019, 1 p.m. Revised: 21 Apr 2020, 11:30 a.m.

Like several of the services offered by Research IT, mobile application development by our team of skilled Research Software Engineers (RSEs) should be costed into your grant application before it is submitted.

31 Helping to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Article Published: 17 Jul 2019, 11 a.m.

Researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester have been helping local authorities across the UK plan their carbon emissions reduction strategies with a little help from Research IT.

32 Research IT Club June Presentations

Article Published: 13 Jun 2019, 2:22 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the last Research IT club of the current academic year. If you were unable to attend, all the presentations are now available at the links below. There are updates from Research IT as well as the presentations on improving code to improve probabilistic treatment planning for cancer and free of charge performance optimisation and productivity services for your academic and industrial code.

33 Improving Code to Improve Cancer Treatment

Article Published: 28 May 2019, 11:52 a.m.

Come along to the Research IT Club on the 4th of June and find out how our Research Software Engineering team is helping UoM researchers to improve radiation treatment in cancer therapy. There will also be updates on the latest computational procurement and the latest news from across Research IT.

34 Funding Available for Open Source Software

Article Published: 16 May 2019, 1:38 p.m.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will soon put out a call for applications for open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research. Applicants can request funding between $50k and $250k for one year. If you are interested in applying then please get in touch!

35 Introducing our New Mobile App Development Service

Article Published: 5 Apr 2019, 10:08 a.m. Revised: 21 Apr 2020, 11:29 a.m.

There was a bumper turn out at the April Research IT club which focused on our new mobile applications development service. There were many new faces and a lot of questions about how the service will run, how the collected data will be stored etc. If you were unable to make the club you can catch up now on the presentations at the links below.

36 Want to use mobile apps in your research?

Article Published: 12 Mar 2019, 11:03 a.m. Revised: 21 Apr 2020, 11:29 a.m.

Come along to the Research IT club on the 4th of April to find out more about our new mobile application development service. If you want to use mobile apps in your research or are interested in having an app developed as part of a research grant application, then this is the Research IT Club for you!

37 Introducing the Institute of Coding

Article Published: 26 Feb 2019, 8:59 a.m.

The Institute of Coding (IoC) is a Government initiative involving universities, industry and professionals which aims to address the UK digital skills shortage. One of the key aims of the project is to improve the quality and relevance of digital skills education delivered by UK universities.

38 Biggest ever map of human Alzheimer’s brain published

Article Published: 4 Feb 2019, 11:39 a.m.

A study of the differences between healthy brains and those with Alzheimer’s Disease has produced largest dataset of its type ever. And, thanks to Phil Bradbury, Research Software Engineer (RSE) in Research IT, the dataset is now freely available online for any scientist to use.

39 Research IT Club December Presentations

Article Published: 14 Dec 2018, 11:14 a.m.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Christmas Research IT Club and to those who took the opportunity to ask questions! If you were unable to attend all the presentations are now available at the links below. There are updates on research IT infrastructure and software engineering and applications support as well as the presentations from our guest speakers - Dr Antony Payton from the Division of Informatics, Imaging & Data Sciences and Malcolm Whitehouse, CIO IT Services.

40 Research IT and the 1 Million Core Machine

Article Published: 5 Dec 2018, 10:08 a.m.

One of our Senior Research Software Engineers (RSE), Andrew Rowley, recently helped to develop software for and launch SpiNNaker, a machine with million cores.

41 Citizen Sensors in Brazil

Article Published: 28 Nov 2018, 2:46 p.m.

Imagine if you could gather data from thousands of mobile data points reacting to the environment around them? That's what our Research Software Engineers have been helping to do and in more than one language thanks to an international collaboration!

42 October Research IT Club Presentations Available!

Article Published: 18 Oct 2018, 12:28 p.m.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the latest Research IT Club and especially those who took the opportunity to ask questions! To see presentations on the latest news from the research lifecycle programme (RLP), research IT infrastructure and software engineering and applications support as well as an interesting use for your Android phone, click on the links below.

43 We're Hiring - Research Software Engineer Posts Available!

Article Published: 2 Aug 2018, 12:42 p.m.

Come and work for Research IT! We are looking for two permanent Research Software Engineers (RSEs) and/or Data Scientists to join our friendly, diverse team. We work on a huge variety of projects (long and short) across all Faculties and Institutes across the University, collaborating with academics and researchers of all disciplines.

44 Letting R Sparkle

Article Published: 27 Jul 2018, 12:32 p.m.

It may be the summer but our team is as busy as ever! David Mawdsley (Research Software Engineer) is putting together a new workshop on Shiny. This is an R package that makes it easy to make interactive web apps using R.

45 Reconstructing a 16th Century Theatre in 3D

Article Published: 14 Jun 2018, 2:24 p.m. Revised: 27 Mar 2020, 2:48 p.m.

Research IT will soon be helping Oscar Seip from Italian Studies, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures to recreate a 3D prototype model of a 16th century theatre supposedly built for the King of France, Francis I. There has been some debate whether this theatre had in fact been a ‘real’ theatre but Oscar has discovered new evidence which suggests that it did actually exist.

46 Research IT Club June Presentations Available

Article Published: 11 Jun 2018, 11:04 a.m.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the latest Research IT Club and especially those who took the opportunity to ask questions! To see presentations on the latest news from research infrastructure and software engineering and applications support as well as a fantastic example of our research software engineers in action, click on the links below.

47 Research IT Club – find out more about us and our services!

Article Published: 24 May 2018, 10:18 a.m.
The next Research IT club will take place on the 5th of June and will feature updates from our research infrastructure and software engineering teams. Our two feature presentations will look at how Research IT is helping to create new parallel computer architecture inspired by the human brain. There will also be a presentation from IT Services on the planned changes to staff and cluster desktops across the university.

48 Manchester Language Documentation Technology Heads to Russia

Article Published: 21 May 2018, 11:39 a.m. Revised: 27 Mar 2020, 2:48 p.m.

Thanks to a collaboration between the Multilingual Manchester research unit and the University’s Research IT group, students and citizens in Saint Petersburg will now have access to a Russian version of LinguaSnapp - The University of Manchester’s mobile app for documenting language landscapes.

49 Research IT Club Feb Presentations Available

Article Published: 5 Mar 2018, 2:37 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the latest Research IT Club and especially those who took the opportunity to ask questions! To see presentations on the latest news from the Research Lifecycle Programme, research infrastructure and software engineering and applications support as well as a fantastic example of our research software engineers in action, click on the links below.

50 Developing New Ways of Comparing Ancient Documents

Article Published: 27 Feb 2018, 2:53 p.m. Revised: 27 Mar 2020, 2:49 p.m.

Nicolas Gruel, a research software engineer from Research IT has been working with Prof Peter Pormann (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures) to easily compare interpretations and translations of a collection of around 60 early Ancient Greek medical works associated with the physician Hippocrates.

51 Technology makes light work of hard decisions

Article Published: 1 Feb 2018, 10:21 a.m.

One of our research software engineers (RSE), Rob Dunne, has been embedded in a team working to facilitate decision-making for cancer patients who may benefit from experimental treatments in early clinical trials.

52 Start of Year Drop-in Sessions

Article Published: 13 Dec 2017, 4:19 p.m.

We're already looking forward to 2018 here in Research IT with the announcement of our first set of dates for our drop-in sessions.

These sessions are specially designed to help quickly answer any queries, questions or issues you may be having with research IT services including software help, data visualization, research data management, access to HPC resources and much much more.

53 Research IT Club November Presentations Online

Article Published: 4 Dec 2017, 12:05 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the latest Research IT Club and especially those who took the opportunity to ask questions! The presentations are now available from the links below.

54 Research IT Club Nov - speakers announced!

Article Published: 1 Nov 2017, 11:27 a.m.

The next Research IT club will take place on the 29th Nov, slightly earlier so as to avoid clashing with Christmas festivities! It will feature updates from our research infrastructure and software engineering teams. Our two feature presentations will look at how Research IT helped to improve the comparison, annotation and mark-up of a collection of scans and the introduction of a new data service for users of NHS data. To attend the event please register so we know how much coffee to order in!

55 Research IT Club Presentations October 2017

Article Published: 31 Oct 2017, 11:56 a.m.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the latest Research IT Club and especially those who took the opportunity to ask questions! The presentations are now available from the links below.

56 Write Software as Part of Your Research?

Article Published: 30 Oct 2017, 10:16 a.m.

Have you heard of Software Carpentry (SWC) and Data Carpentry (DC)? Both organisations have the aim of upskilling researchers so they can upgrade their computational and programming skills and their data analysis skills respectively through a series of workshops and “train the trainer” events.

57 Research IT Breathe New Life into Mary Hamilton Papers

Article Published: 25 Oct 2017, 8:22 a.m. Revised: 3 Aug 2021, 10:37 a.m.

Researchers in English Linguistics from the School of Arts, Languages and Culture were keen to enhance an existing project website, which allows visitors to view scans and transcriptions of historic documents from the John Rylands collection. A series of enquiries eventually lead them to the Research Software Engineers in Research IT.

58 Transformative Research Technologies Call

Article Published: 13 Oct 2017, 2:54 p.m.

BBSRC have partnered with EPSRC and MRC in a call to specifically encourage proposals relevant to “Technology Touching Life” (TTL), a joint initiative to foster interdisciplinary research into innovative and potentially disruptive technological capabilities that will drive world-leading basic discovery research in the life sciences. The call has an indicative total budget up to £3.5 million.

59 Research IT Club October - talks announced

Article Published: 3 Oct 2017, 1:21 p.m.

The next Research IT Club will be held on the 25th October and will feature updates from our research infrastructure and software engineering teams. Our two feature presentations will look at “the role of software engineers in reproducible research” and the introduction of new security controls across the university as part of the Cyber Security Program.

To attend the event please register so we know how much coffee to order in!

60 Research Software Engineering (RSE) Cloud Computing Awards

Article Published: 27 Sep 2017, 1:44 p.m.

Applications are now open for the RSE Cloud Computing Awards program, supported by Microsoft. The goal of the program is to create a community bridging researchers, university stakeholders, regional teams, and national services, to better understand how Microsoft Azure can enable better, faster, and more reproducible research.

61 USA - UK Travel Grants for Research Software Engineers

Article Published: 1 Aug 2017, 10:37 a.m.

The first two awards from the EPSRC USA-UK Research Software Engineer Travel fund have just been announced and Martin Turner from Research IT has been fortunate enough to receive one them. The funding aims to encourage greater collaboration between the UK and USA-based Research Software Engineer communities to help with: investigating emerging hardware and the impact on software; building collaboration around a particular science area; developing common community codes; and building links between computational / computer science and mathematics.

62 Personal Responsibility in the Engineering of Academic Software

Article Published: 7 Jun 2017, 1:12 p.m.

Software is often a critical component of scientific research. It can be part of the academic research methods used to produce research results, or it may be the actual academic research result. Software, however, has rarely been considered to be a citable artefact in its own right. With the advent of open-source software, artefact evaluation committees of conferences, and journals that include source code and running systems as part of the published supporting material, it is expected that software will increasingly be recognized as part of the academic process. It is therefore essential that the quality and sustainability of this software is accounted for.

63 Research Grant Clinic - June

Article Published: 30 May 2017, 11:01 a.m.

Research IT offers a range of services to UoM researchers such as high performance computing and software consultancy but how do you know if these services are relevant to you and your research? If they are how do you describe them and cost them correctly in your grant proposal?

Come along to the next Research IT Grant Support Clinic on the 22nd of June where researchers and research support staff can discover more about the skills and services that we offer and, importantly, how to include them in grant proposals.

64 Rapid Analysis of Video Data

Article Published: 26 May 2017, 1:51 p.m.

Traditionally the first step in interpreting video is to code it into a form that can be analysed systematically. The coding process is currently performed manually, and it can be slow and difficult, and biased by subjectivity. David Mawdsley (Research IT) recently presented a poster at the first “Advances in Data Science” conference explaining how we are helping Dr Caroline Jay’s group develop a way to quickly code human behaviours allowing the rapid analysis of hours of video.

65 Research IT Club Presentations May 2017

Article Published: 12 May 2017, 11:13 a.m. Revised: 6 Mar 2020, 1:15 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the latest Research IT Club and especially those who took the opportunity to ask questions! The presentations are now available from the links below.

66 EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowships Call

Article Published: 9 May 2017, 1:50 p.m.

EPSRC has announced a call to support Research Software Engineer (RSE) Fellowships for a period of up to 5 years. The Fellowships are open to exceptional individuals in the software field who demonstrate leadership and have combined expertise in programming and a solid knowledge of the research environment.

67 State of the Nation report on Research Software Engineers

Article Published: 18 Apr 2017, 2:17 p.m.

If you are wondering where the term “Research Software Engineer (RSE)” came from then a new report could help to explain. The first State of the Nation Report for Research Software Engineers provides a history of the RSE campaign and a snapshot of the RSE community as it stands today.

68 Research IT Grant Support Clinic - May

Article Published: 5 Apr 2017, 10:34 a.m.

Research IT offers a range of services to UoM researchers such as high performance computing and software consultancy but how do you know if these services are relevant to you and your research? If they are how do you describe them and cost them correctly in your grant proposal?

69 The Environmental Impact of your Shopping

Article Published: 30 Mar 2017, 3:41 p.m.

Have you ever wondered if your shopping habits could be influenced? Do you buy the same groceries every week? Would extra information allow you to make informed choices when you do your online shop? Research IT helped a group of researchers who were trying to see if they could make consumers change their mind.

70 Call for Submissions - Research Software Engineers Conference

Article Published: 20 Mar 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Following the success of the First Conference of Research Software Engineers, the Second Conference will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on the 7th-8th September 2017. The event will feature a lively, international mix of over 200 attendees and the call has now been issued for talks, posters, workshops and tutorials.

71 New Research IT Grant Support Clinic

Article Published: 1 Mar 2017, 10:57 a.m.

Research IT are launching a new series of sessions where you can discover more about Research IT, the skills and services that we offer and, importantly, how to include them in your grant proposals.

72 EPSRC Directly Funds Manchester RSEs

Article Published: 28 Feb 2017, 4 p.m.
In the last few years members of Research IT have been helping in the campaign for the Research Councils to directly recognise and fund career paths via fellowships within a Research Software Engineering (RSE) role.

73 Research Software Workshop

Article Published: 10 Jan 2017, 11:43 a.m.

Jisc, in collaboration with The University of Sheffield, have organised a free workshop for all researchers interested and passionate about developing or using research software.

The organisers want to collate common problems and share experiences around managing and sharing software, as well as developing new solutions. There will be experts on hand to answer any questions and inform participants of available resources.

74 Wondering what an RSE is?

Article Published: 13 Dec 2016, 4:50 p.m.

Are you wondering what an Research Software Engineer (RSE) is? When did the term first start being used or if you are one? Find out more in a brief history of RSEs from Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute.

75 Collaborations Workshop 2017 (CW17): The Internet of Things and Open Data

Article Published: 12 Dec 2016, 4:22 p.m.

The Collaborations Workshop 2017 (CW17) is the Software Sustainability Institute’s research software event of 2017. It brings together key members of the research software community to present, discuss, build, make, network and explore key and current areas of the research software landscape. Many RSE groups will have representatives attending.

76 Research IT Hitting the Headlines with Linguasnapp

Article Published: 7 Dec 2016, 4:06 p.m. Revised: 27 Mar 2020, 2:54 p.m.

A mobile phone app developed by Research IT has been hitting the headlines recently. Featured on ITV news and Granada Reports as well as in The Daily Mirror, the Manchester Evening News and local newspapers across the region, Linguasnapp is enabling researchers to identify the range of languages used in Manchester.

77 Centre for Musculoskeletal Research Launch Study Catalogue

Article Published: 30 Nov 2016, 10:18 a.m.

Our Research software engineers (RSEs) are helping researchers in the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research launch a tool for sharing best practice in study design and management. The Extant Study Catalogue will allow researchers at Manchester and further afield to share details of their study design, datasets and coding practices, with a view to developing a shared data dictionary that can be used to make studies more easily comparable.

78 New Starters in Research IT

Article Published: 28 Nov 2016, 2:50 p.m.

We have recently welcomed two new members of staff to the Research IT team. Jim McGrath and David Mawdsley have both joined as Research Software Engineers.

79 Research IT Contributes to Academic Software Report

Article Published: 25 Nov 2016, 11:28 a.m.

Robert Haines from Research IT recently attended the Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop 'Engineering Academic Software', co-organised by the Software Sustainability Institute's Manchester PI Carole Goble. The primary topics of discussion at the workshop were how to build the research software of the future and how to get credit for doing so.

80 Research IT is Coming to You!

Article Published: 27 Oct 2016, 12:46 p.m.

From November, Research IT will be holding Drop-in sessions in different locations around campus. There is no booking required, just drop by to have a chat about any research-related IT problems you may have.

81 LinguaSnapp Goes Global with the Help of Research IT

Article Published: 25 Oct 2016, 11:11 a.m. Revised: 27 Mar 2020, 2:54 p.m.

LinguaSnapp is a project to create multilingual landscape maps of cities round the world by crowdsourcing data from the public. Last year Research IT created a mobile app and web application for the project to focus on the city of Manchester.

82 First Conference of Research Software Engineers

Article Published: 30 Sep 2016, 10:56 a.m.

Are you one of a growing number of people in academia who combine expertise in programming with an intricate understanding of research? If so then you are a research software engineer (RSE)! The inaugural conference of RSEs took place in Manchester in early September and the presentations are now available online along with many of the workshop training materials.

83 Research IT Expertise Helps Human Brain Simulation

Article Published: 27 Sep 2016, 2:33 p.m.

Research IT has been providing the SpiNNaker project with research software engineer (RSE) expertise to help them simulate billions of simple neurons in order to create brain inspired computing systems.

84 Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop: ‘Engineering Academic Software’

Article Published: 7 Jul 2016, 8:59 a.m.
By Carole Goble, Manchester Principal Investigator at the Software Sustainability Institute, and Mike Croucher, Robert Haines, and Caroline Jay, Fellows at the Software Sustainability Institute.

How should we build the research software of the future? This was the question under consideration at the Dagstuhl Perspective’s Workshop ‘Engineering Academic Software’, co-organised by the Software Sustainability Institute’s Manchester PI Carole Goble. Experts in the area from across the world spent an intensive week presenting, discussing, debating and writing, to define current problems in the field and determine how we could address them.

85 The First Research Software Engineering Conference

Article Published: 5 May 2016, 11:39 a.m.

Do you develop research software?

The inaugural conference of Research Software Engineers (RSEs) will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK on 15-16 September 2016. The event will target research software developers and research software engineers at any stage in their career.

86 eTekkatho - delivering educational resources to Myanmar

Article Published: 22 Apr 2016, 2:16 p.m.

The eTekkatho project, a collaboration between the Tekkatho Foundation, JISC, the Co-op, and the University of Manchester, is an ongoing service to deliver educational resources to the people of Myanmar.