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Mr. Neil Chue Hong

System Development Team Director, Director, Software Sustainability Institute

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Physics, University of Edinburgh
Simulations of B Physics

Professional Qualifications

2014PRINCE2 Foundation


I am the PI and Founding Director of the Software Sustainability Institute, a national facility for research software users and developers whose mission is to cultivate better, more sustainable, research software to enable world-class research.

From 2007-2010 I was Director of the OMII-UK, based at the University of Southampton, which provides and supports free, open-source software for the UK e-Research community. During this period, I was Technical Manager of the JISC-funded NeISS social simulation project, and Project Manager of the JISC-funded ENGAGE initiative, which interviewed 50+ researchers across the UK and commissioned 14 exemplar projects which addressed the current barriers to the use of e-Infrastructure in research domains including chemistry, Earth systems modelling, digital humanities, and medicine.

Previous to this, I worked at EPCC firstly as a technology transfer consultant working with Scottish SMEs and latterly as a Project Manager leading data access and integration projects (OGSA-DAI and DAIT), and collaborating with many other e-Science projects, including the EU FP6 NextGRID project.

I am the current Chair of the Software Carpentry Foundation Advisory Council, a co-author of Best Practices for Scientific Computing and An Open Science Peer Reviewers Oath, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Open Research Software.

Current Research Interests

My current research interests are in community engagement and development, software sustainability and the research software ecosystem. I work with research communities across the UK and globally to promote and enable the improvement of important research software through consultative advice; collaborative partnerships; and long-term engagement.


Highlighted research outputs

  1. Best Practices for Scientific Computing

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Software citation principles

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. An Open Science Peer Review Oath

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Digital preservation and curation: the danger of overlooking software

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. Chair, Software Carpentry Foundation Advisory Council

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

  2. EPSRC Research Infrastructures e-Infrastructure Strategic Advisory Team

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

  3. Journal of Open Research Software (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

  4. Journal of Cloud Computing: Advances, Systems and Applications (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

  5. EPSRC (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

  6. IAEA Workshop on Software Sustainability for Safeguards Instrumentation

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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