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NL-RSE brings together the community of people writing and contributing to research software from Dutch universities, knowledge institutes, companies and other organizations to share knowledge, to organize meetings, and raise awareness for the scientific recognition of research software.

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  • What Open Science can learn from Free Software

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    Lieke de Boer / Netherlands eScience Center

    Javier de la Cueva does not like slideshows – "it limits the ways we communicate, like squeezing thoughts into 140 characters", but for the NL-RSE meetup, he made one anyway. De la Cueva is a lawyer, philosopher, and Open Science advocate, with expertise in free software and intellectual property. During the meetup on Friday, 11 June 2021, he gave a passionate talk about what the Open Science movement can learn from the Free Software movement, blending the topics of software development and science in a way not unfamiliar to those identifying as RSEs.

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  • A demo in the life of an RSE

    Photo by Shane Aldendorff on Unsplash

    Lieke de Boer / Netherlands eScience Center

    If you’re curious about the kinds of things a Research Software Engineer (RSE) can get done when employed in that capacity, you’d have enjoyed the April 2021 NL-RSE meetup, where we saw the demos of two RSE software projects. Paul Konstantin Gerke, RSE from the diagnostic imaging analysis group (DIAG) at Radboud UMC, gave a demo of the Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge is a Python-based platform where researchers and engineers can annotate and analyze medical images to, for example, judge the likelihood that a patient has a COVID-19 infection, based on a CT scan of that patient’s lungs. The platform also allows users to compare their own medical imaging machine learning algorithms to those of others. The Grand Challenge website lists different leaderboards for several “challenges”, or medical imaging machine learning problems, and ranks the performance of competing algorithms for each challenge.

    Casper Kaandorp, RSE from Utrecht University, presented the second demo: NIDM (Networking during Infectious Disease Model). NIDM is an Elixir web application that can be used for running social experiments. Casper demonstrated a social risk-taking behavioral experiment, which consisted of the simulation of an infectious disease spreading through a social network. Study participants are supposed to earn money by befriending others in their network, while minimizing connections with infected individuals. Believe it or not, the app was conceptualized before the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The demos were followed by a panel, where the meeting chair Carlos Martinez-Ortiz asked the two RSEs how their respective RSE groups are set up, and what challenges they have faced. Below is a summary of their conversation. Read more

  • What is really needed for software reusability?

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    Faruk Diblen / Netherlands eScience Center
    Barbara Vreede / Netherlands eScience Center
    Daniela Gawehns / Leiden University
    Carlos Martinez / Netherlands eScience Center

    Writing software has become one of the most important parts of the research process. In its simplest form, research software is a single script that can, for example, be used for collecting, processing and/or visualising data. Complex analyses and workflows are consolidated into larger pieces of software that are often the result of research and the subject of papers. The increasing importance of computer code in research is highlighted by the growing level of attention to software from the European Open Science Cloud1 and the OECD Recommendation on Access to Research Data which now includes software2. Read more

  • How to make research software a first-class citizen in the Netherlands?

    Image credit: Clive Warneford / CC BY-SA

    TL;DR – Read our recommendations to make research software a first-class citizen.

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  • Looking back at NL-RSE19

    Ben van Werkhoven and Niels Drost (Netherlands eScience Center, NL-RSE)

    The first RSE conference in the Netherlands was held Wednesday 20 November 2019 at the Johan Cruijff Arena Amsterdam!

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  • FAIR Software at the 2019 eScience Symposium

    Ben van Werkhoven (Netherlands eScience Center, NL-RSE) James Meakin (Radboud UMC, NL-RSE) Anna-Lena Lamprecht (Utrecht University) Stephan Druskat (DLR, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) Pablo Rodriguez-Sanchez (Netherlands eScience Center)

    FAIR data has been on everybody’s lips for a while. Many think that FAIR software will become “the next big thing” in eScience. Reasons enough to devote a session at the National eScience Symposium to the discussion of FAIR and its meaning for research software.

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  • Request for comments -- Raising the Profile of Research Software

    Image credit: EHT Collaboration


    Read our paper and share your comments.

    This blog post was also is also poster here.

    In March 2019, a group of active members of the research software community in the Netherlands had a meeting with NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) to discuss the importance of research software in contemporary research and its relationship to research data, open science, and reproducibility in research (please see Making Research Software a First-Class Citizen in Research).

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  • Call for contributions - NL-RSE19

    Following the meetup in 2018, and the growing number of RSE events in the UK and Germany, NL-RSE is organizing the first full day event this year: NL-RSE19! The conference will take place on the 20th of November, at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam.

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  • RSE Survey 2018 Results are in!

    By Ben van Werkhoven, NL-RSE

    The results from the yearly International RSE Survey have been published already, but we haven’t actually shared the results for RSEs in the Netherlands yet! In this article, we’ll give you a brief summary of the results specific to the Netherlands!

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  • deRSE 2019: First conference for Research Software Engineers in Germany

    Written by Carlos Martinez-Ortiz and Florian Huber


    What: First Conference for Research Software Engineers (RSE) in Germany
    When: 4-6 June 2019
    Where: Albert Einstein Science Park in Potsdam

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