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1 MATLAB Licence Update 2021

Article Published: 29 Sep 2021, 3:59 p.m. Revised: 30 Sep 2021, 10:24 a.m.

The University has renewed the license to allow the download and install of the full suite of MATLAB products on to both staff and students’ own, or University provided, computers.

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 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.

4 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.

5 Computational Science Centre for Research Communities (CoSeC) Competition

Article Published: 19 Feb 2021, 11:54 a.m. Revised: 19 Feb 2021, 11:54 a.m.

If you have ever taken advantage of the help, support and code available from CoSeC, you might be eligible to take part in their annual competition.

6 Announcing MATLAB Online

Article Published: 2 Feb 2021, 10:15 a.m. Revised: 2 Feb 2021, 10:15 a.m.

MATLAB Online is now available to University staff and students and provides an alternative for occasional use or use on a fairly low powered laptop or tablet computer

7 Wolfram Technologies for Economics Research and Teaching

Event 19 Jan 2021
Registration is NOW CLOSED

A free live presentation showcasing the Wolfram Language as a unified solution for economics research and teaching.

8 Advanced Github – creating template repositories

Article Published: 3 Nov 2020, 4:46 p.m. Revised: 3 Nov 2020, 4:46 p.m.

Learn more about using Github repositories for starting new projects from two of our Research Software Engineers Douglas Lowe and Robin Long.

9 Advanced Git – linking code repositories using SubModules

Article Published: 28 Sep 2020, 1:04 p.m. Revised: 29 Sep 2020, 1:37 p.m.

Git is becoming a common tool, widely used for organising code, recording developments, etc. Often, we want to reuse code from one project for another, or to have a standard layout or template that can be used for similar projects. Here Robin Long and Douglas Lowe, from the RSE team, will detail the features available in git and github for making your life easier with this.

10 MATLAB Licence Update

Article Published: 22 Sep 2020, 2:01 p.m. Revised: 8 Oct 2020, 2:49 p.m.

The University has purchased a license to allow the download and install of the full suite of MATLAB products on to both staff and students’ own, or University provided, computers.

11 OriginPro Update

Article Published: 17 Sep 2020, 12:54 p.m. Revised: 1 Oct 2020, 8:24 a.m.

The University OriginPro licence has recently been renewed.

12 Software Productivity and Sustainability for Computational Science and Engineering - Call for Posters

Article Published: 9 Sep 2020, 10:23 a.m. Revised: 9 Sep 2020, 10:23 a.m.

A minisymposterium (topical poster group) on “Software Productivity and Sustainability for CSE” for the SIAM CSE21 conference, is looking for poster contributions for this general topic to complement a range of minisymposia at the event.

13 New ABAQUS Licence Agreement

Article Published: 30 Jun 2020, 11:39 a.m. Revised: 30 Jun 2020, 12:29 p.m.

We are planning to change the ABAQUS licence allowing use remotely and on personal machines.

14 Research Software Application Updates

Article Published: 30 Jun 2020, 10:58 a.m. Revised: 30 Jun 2020, 11:41 a.m.

Our Research Applications Support team have been busy updating a range of research software applications to the latest versions.

15 Free Mathematica Courses

Article Published: 3 Apr 2020, 12:57 p.m. Revised: 3 Apr 2020, 1:12 p.m.

Learn Data Science, Data Visualisation and Image Processing for Free

16 Avizo and Volume Graphics Licence Updates

Article Published: 1 Apr 2020, 11:40 a.m. Revised: 1 Apr 2020, 11:40 a.m.

If you are continuing to work from home and need access to specialised software packages both Avizo and Volume Graphics have home licences available.

17 MATLAB Licence Update

Article Published: 30 Mar 2020, 10:12 a.m. Revised: 30 Mar 2020, 10:12 a.m.

The MathWorks has provided The University with a licence to download and install the full suite of MATLAB products on to both staff and students’ own, or University provided, computers.

18 OriginPro License Assistance

Article Published: 24 Mar 2020, 3:48 p.m. Revised: 24 Mar 2020, 3:48 p.m.

If you use OriginPro please see their latest announcement regarding licensing.

19 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.

20 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


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.

21 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.

22 NDEC – A Case Study in Ongoing Support

Article Published: 29 Nov 2019, 3:32 p.m.

Our Research Software Engineers (RSE) provide a range of services including support for existing activities at the University. Find out more about how they are helping the National Drug Evidence Centre (NDEC) to keep their key services up to date.

23 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.

24 Mobile Development Service Celebrates First App

Article Published: 24 Jun 2019, 12:50 p.m. Revised: 21 Apr 2020, 11:30 a.m.

The Research IT Mobile Development Service (MDS) enjoyed a popular launch back in April 2019 with 6 requests for services received in the first month alone. One project was commissioned immediately, and we are proud to announce it as the first app from the new MDS to roll off the production line. Ahead of schedule, it officially moves into production for release through the Google Play store and the Apple App Store by the end of the month.

25 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!

26 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!

27 Fantastic Voyages in a Virtual World

Article Published: 24 Jan 2019, 11:18 a.m. Revised: 15 Apr 2020, 8:48 a.m.

Data visualization, virtual reality (VR) and mixed/augmented reality (MR/AR) technologies offer exciting opportunities for researchers to explore and understand their research data. Prominent in the news and rapidly evolving, the technology is finally having a massive impact. Research IT has identified this as a largely untapped potential within the research environment and is now formally announcing vDAL - The Visualization And Data Analysis Laboratory.

28 Fortran Modernization Workshop April 2019

Article Published: 16 Jan 2019, 11:04 a.m.

This Spring Research IT are hosting NAG who are running a two day practical hands-on workshop on Fortran Modernization on the 4th and 5th of April 2019.

29 Focus on Digital Health and Digital Humanities

Article Published: 20 Dec 2018, 2:44 p.m.

Many University of Manchester researchers were users of N8 HPC and the computational resource, Polaris. Polaris was switched off at the end of July and N8 HPC has now been relaunched as N8 Centre of Excellence for Computationally Intensive Research (N8 CIR).

30 UoM R Users Group Meeting

Article Published: 6 Nov 2018, 1:33 p.m.

Join fellow R users at the next meeting of the University of Manchester R user group on Wednesday 28th November from 12:00 -13:00 at University Place room no 3.205. Come along, bring your lunch, and meet R users from across the university.

31 Creating an Interactive Data Visualisation Tool for Click Data

Article Published: 31 Oct 2018, 2:57 p.m.

As part of the Data Science Research Partnership between BBC R&D and the University of Manchester, one of our research software engineers (RSE), Josh Woodcock, spent 3 months working with BBC R&D to develop a way to visualise click data from an internal trial of the Cook-Along Kitchen Experience (CAKE). Involved in the project were Jonathan Carlton (PhD student with BBC R&D and University of Manchester), Andy Brown (BBC R&D), John Keane and Caroline Jay (University of Manchester).

32 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.

33 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.

34 Learn Basic Research Computing Skills

Article Published: 25 Apr 2018, 12:36 p.m.

Research IT staff will be teaching and assisting on a Software Carpentry Workshop in May which aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. The workshop is free to post-graduate students and employees of the University of Manchester.

35 Specialised CDT Training Events

Article Published: 23 Mar 2018, 2:54 p.m.

Earlier this month, Research IT provided training for the University's Regenerative Medicine Centre for Doctoral Training. The training was arranged by the Software Sustainability Institute, and was a two day Software Carpentry workshop. The instructors were Mike Jackson from EPCC at the University of Edinburgh and David Mawdsley from Research IT.

36 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.

37 R and HPC

Article Published: 13 Nov 2017, 12:47 p.m.

Two of our Research IT experts gave a presentation at the recent “R at University of Manchester” (R.U.M.), an R User group open to all staff and students using R at The University of Manchester with regular meetings on the first Monday of each month.

38 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.

39 R Users Group Meetings

Article Published: 18 Oct 2017, 9:22 a.m.

Did you know that there is a R users group at the University of Manchester? "R at University of Manchester" (R.U.M.), is an R User group open to all staff and students using R at The University of Manchester with regular meetings on the first Monday of each month.

40 Wanted: Volunteer Instructors for CodeFirst

Article Published: 14 Jul 2017, 11:59 a.m.

Each semester CodeFirst runs free community courses aimed to provide women with technical and digital skills. The courses are taught by volunteer instructors all across the country and this October they are coming to the University of Manchester.

They are looking for a diverse range of enthusiastic volunteer instructors for the upcoming autumn sessions. Instructors come from a variety of cultural and coding backgrounds, and include computer science/technical postgraduates, company based professionals, freelance developers, and university staff. All instructors work on a voluntary basis.

41 Mathematica Workshop - registration now open

Article Published: 12 Jun 2017, 2:14 p.m.

Wolfram Research in conjunction with Research IT, is hosting a 3 day, free summer workshop for researchers from across the N8 universities, including Manchester, on the 27th – 29th June.

42 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.

43 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.

44 Call for Participation – Mathematica Summer Workshop

Article Published: 27 Apr 2017, 12:10 p.m.

Research IT is organising a Mathematica Summer Workshop at the University of Manchester on the 27th – 29th of June 2017. This will be an opportunity to bring the regional Mathematica user community together to exchange experiences and showcase research projects and teaching experience involving Mathematica.

45 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?

46 Advances in Data Science Conference

Article Published: 15 Mar 2017, 4:24 p.m.

The University of Manchester Data Science Institute has announced a call for abstracts for their 'Advances in Data Science' Conference to be held on the 15th – 16th May.

The conference is a two-day meeting to present recent developments in data science, with a focus on advanced analytics (machine learning, Bayesian statistics, scalable algorithms), privacy, visualisation, software and diverse applications. Speakers include leading data scientists from industry and academia.

47 Do you use Docker Containers?

Article Published: 10 Mar 2017, 11:17 a.m.

The Software Sustainability Institute’s Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop brings together researchers, developers and educators to explore best practices when using containers and the future of research software with containers. The Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop (C4RR) will take place on 27th - 28th June 2017 at Cambridge.

48 Are you an Avizo user?

Article Published: 16 Jan 2017, 2:56 p.m.

Do you use Avizo, the 3D visualization and analysis software for scientific and industrial data? Research staff from the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility in the School of Materials are now running two drop in sessions per week.

49 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.

50 Computing Insight UK comes to Manchester

Article Published: 17 Nov 2016, 4:37 p.m.

Computing Insight UK 2016 (CIUK) will take place in Manchester this year allowing for networking between users / researchers/ vendors and sales for various HPC architectures. There is also a full day of presentations where Martin Turner from Research IT will be presenting on 'Building a bespoke system for combined HPC and 3D Visualisation.

51 Git now Available on Managed Desktops

Article Published: 16 Nov 2016, 4:06 p.m.

Research IT has arranged for the latest version of Git (v.2.10.2) to be available on all staff managed desktops. Git is a version control system that allows software developers to have complete control and management of their code development ensuring that you can easily revert back to previous versions, share your code and collaborate with others.

52 Win Amazon vouchers by evaluating software

Article Published: 10 Aug 2016, 1:22 p.m.

The deadline for participation in the evaluation of visualization tools has been extended until the 18th of September 2016. Participants currently have an excellent chance of winning an Amazon voucher worth £250, £150 or £100!

Full details of the simple process to evaluate the software on offer and how to submit your feedback can be found on our visualization blog post.

53 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.

54 4th Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE4)

Article Published: 13 Jun 2016, 11:57 a.m.

The Call for Submissions for WSSSPE4 is now open. The event will be held at the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester 12th – 14th September 2016.

Progress in scientific research is dependent on the quality and accessibility of research software at all levels. It is now critical to address many new challenges related to the development, deployment, maintenance, and sustainability of open-use research software: the software upon which specific research results rely. Open-use software means that the software is widely accessible (whether open source, shareware, or commercial). Research software means that the choice of software is essential to specific research results; using different software could produce different results.

55 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.

56 An EU service to help improve performance of parallel software

Article Published: 28 Apr 2016, 11:11 a.m.

The EU funded "Performance Optimisation and Productivity (POP) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Computing Applications" currently provides various services to help improve performance of parallel software, including software written using MPI and OpenMP and for GPUs.

57 Emerging Technology ‘EMiT’ 2016 – Register now

Article Published: 22 Apr 2016, 10:52 a.m.

Registration is open for the upcoming third edition of the Emerging Technology ‘EMiT’ conference to be held on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. Building on the successes of the previous two years, EMiT 2016 aims to continue to provide a platform to discuss cutting edge advancements in emerging computing technologies and techniques.

58 Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) survey on citing software

Article Published: 21 Apr 2016, 10:16 a.m.

Even though 92% of academics say they use research software and 69% say that their research would not be practical without it[1], it is often the case that software is cited in academic literature in a haphazard fashion – if it is even cited at all.