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It’s impossible to conduct research without software, say 7 out of 10 UK researchers

This is the the title of a blog post at the UK’s Software Sustainability Institute, which reports the results of a survey conducted amongst 417 UK researchers across many disciplines. This is the most extensive survey of its type conducted … Continue reading

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Software Carpentry Workshop at the 225th AAS Meeting

Many of you have heard of the Software Carpentry Foundation, started some years ago by Greg Wilson, a non-profit organization whose members teach researchers basic software skills. The organization exists to teach fundamental software engineering practices to scientists, who in … Continue reading

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Introduction to the National Data Service Consortium

This week, I am attending the National Data Service (NDS) Consortium workshop, hosted by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO on June 12 and 13 2014.  The NDS … Continue reading

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So exactly why do you blog, Bruce?

And does it provide any benefits? And is it a sink of time? I have been asked these questions on a number of occasions, even though the topic is a bit off the beaten track, I thought the questions merited … Continue reading

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dot Astronomy 5 Conference From A Distance

Last week, the fifth annual dot Astronomy conference was held in Cambridge, MA. This event is a little different from other conferences: its goal is to advance the use of new compute technologies in the service of astronomy, from computing … Continue reading

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Why you should write buggy software with as few features as possible (no, really!)

This is the title of a presentation by Brian Granger at last month’s SciPy2013 meeting (see also last week’s post). Now, I certainly concur that software should not be feature rich, but the idea that it should be buggy as … Continue reading

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Data Visualization from Data to Discovery: A One Day Symposium

On May 23, 2o13, Caltech, JPL and the Art Center College of Design held a one-day symposium on Data Visualization from Data to Discovery, and the talks  have recently been posted on YouTube. The thrust of this multidisciplinary conference was … Continue reading

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