Neil Chue Hong comments on work of SSI to improve software development in academia for Nature

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Expert comment in article in Nature about the quality of academic code in the aftermath of the Climate Research Unit hack.

There are signs that scientific leaders are now taking notice of these concerns. In 2009, the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council put out a call for help for scientists trying to create usable software, which led to the formation of the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) at the University of Edinburgh. The SSI unites trained software developers with scientists to help them add new lines to existing codes, allowing them to tackle extra tasks without the programs turning into monsters. They also try to share their products across disciplines, says Neil Chue Hong, the SSI's director. For instance, they recently helped build a code to query clinical records and help monitor the spread of disease. They are now sharing the structure of that code with researchers who are trying to use police records to identify crime hot spots. "It stops researchers wasting time reinventing the wheel for each new application," says Chue Hong.

Period13 Oct 2010

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  • TitleComputational science: ...Error
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNature
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Description…why scientific programming does not compute.
    Producer/AuthorZeeya Merali
    PersonsNeil Chue Hong