Best practices in Research Software

Best practices in Research Software

Target Audience:
Clemenspoort Gent

Overwale 3
9000 Ghent
Belgium

15 May 2019

General context

In recent years, scientific research has become more data driven and data intensive and it is no longer possible to carry out the analysis without the use of computers and research software. Unfortunately, software is not always developed following best practices that ensure its quality and sustainability. 

Objectives

Four simple recommendations to encourage best practices in open research software is a publication that addresses this issue by providing a simple, yet robust framework of recommendations that encourage the adoption of existing best practices in research software development. These recommendations are designed around Open Science values, and provide practical suggestions that contribute to making research software and its source code more discoverable, reusable and transparent.

These recommendations recognise that not everyone can or want to make their software open from day one, but we encourage you to learn from the recommendations and adapt them to your needs. For example, you can have a private repository, you can and should still have a license, make contributions clear, and have a registry of your software.

Approach

Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below)

Recommendations to make your research software open

Required skills

The course is aimed at graduate students and researchers, who have or will have in the near future code to share or want to collaborate with open source software. For this workshop we recommend you to be familiar with (at least) one programming language, Markdown and GitHub. This workshop will not teach you how to program, nor will you need to program during the workshop.

Software demonstrated

To participate this workshop, you will need working copies of the software described below. Please make sure to install everything and try opening it to make sure it works before the start of your workshop. If you run into any problems, please feel free to email the instructor or arrive early to your workshop on the day. Participants should bring and use their own laptops to insure the proper setup of tools for an efficient workflow once you leave the workshop.

Platform-specific Notes

This workshop will be using the software outlined in the install instructions below. Please see the section for your operating system for those directions.

Windows

Please go through all the installation steps below and make sure that you not only installed them, but start them up to make sure they're working. If you have any problems, don't hesitate to email the instructors to ask for help, or arrive early on the first day of the workshop to get help.

Mac

Please go through all the installation steps below and make sure that you not only installed them, but start them up to make sure they're working. If you have any problems, don't hesitate to email the instructors to ask for help, or arrive early on the first day of the workshop to get help.

Linux

Please go through all the installation steps below and make sure that you not only installed them, but start them up to make sure they're working. If you have any problems, don't hesitate to email the instructors to ask for help, or arrive early on the first day of the workshop to get help.

Trainers

Mateusz Kuzak

Mateusz Kuzak is a Scientific Community Manager at Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences, where he works at the interface of training, technology and data platforms and the research community in the Netherlands.

Toby Hodges

Toby Hodges is a bioinformatician turned community coordinator, working on the Bio-IT Project at EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany.

Practical info

Clemenspoort Gent

Overwale 3
9000 Ghent
Belgium

Parking

We offer parking lots (1.20 € per hour). GPS address: Sint-Denijslaan 251.
Please take the neem the exit SPORTHAL HoGent (not Campus HoGent) and drive all the way to the end, so past the parking slots of HoGent.

Public transport

The train station Ghent St-Pieters is only 250 m away. We have 40 bike lots.

Contact

VIB training
Tel: +32 9 244 66 11
Mail: training@vib.be