Imperial College Research Software Community Newsletter - December 2022

Hello and welcome to our December newsletter. This month’s newsletter is a bit special because not only is it the last issue of 2022, but it also marks four full years of newsletters since the first edition in January 2019.

The RSE community at Imperial has grown a lot throughout this past four years and 2022 proved to be another great year for research software. Looking back, we can recall celebrating the 10th anniversary of the RSE movement in March, the return of the RSLondonSouthEast community workshop in July and the return of the in-person RSECon in September. Indeed 2022 brought us a lot be happy about, but the year is not quite over yet and in this issue of the newsletter we bring you the usual set of events, news, blog posts and fun activities to keep you entertained over the coming weeks.

On behalf of the Research Software Community committee I wish you all the best for the holidays and 2023!

🎄 ⛄ Dates for your diary ⛄ 🎄

🎄 ⛄ Research Software of the Month ⛄ 🎄

Our Research Software of the Month feature is taking a break for this end-of-year edition of the newsletter but it will be back in 2023 so look out for our next Research Software of the Month in January 2023.

We’re on the look out for research software to feature as Research Software of the Month in 2023. If you are involved with a code that you’d like to see featured, get in touch with us at with a quick overview of what the code does, links to a web page/source code and why you think it should be featured as RSotM.

🎄 ⛄ RSE Bytes ⛄ 🎄


Blog posts, tools & more

🎄 ⛄ Some reminders… ⛄ 🎄

RS Community Slack

The Imperial Research Software Community Slack workspace is a place for general community discussion as well as featuring channels for individuals interested in particular tools or topics. If you’re an OpenFOAM user, why not join the #OpenFOAM channel where regular code review sessions are announced (amongst other CFD-related discussions…). Users of the Nextflow workflow tool can find other Imperial Nextflow users in #nextflow. You can find other R developers in #r-users and there is the #DeepLearners channel for AI/ML-related questions and discussion. Take a look at the other available channels by clicking the “+” next to “Channels” in the Slack app and selecting “Browse channels”.

If you want to start your own group around a tool, programming language or topic not currently represented, feel free to create a new channel and advertise it in #general.

Research Computing Tips

See the Research Computing Service’s Research Computing Tips series for a variety of helpful tips for using RCS resources and related tools and services.

Research Software Directory

Imperial’s Research Software Directory provides details of a range of research software and tools developed by groups and individuals at the College. If you’d like to see your software included in the directory, you can open a pull request in the GitHub repository or get in touch with the Research Software Community Committee.

🎄 ⛄ Get in Touch, Get Involved! ⛄ 🎄

Drop us a line with anything you’d like included in the newsletter, ideas about how it could be improved, or even offer to guest-edit a future edition!

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This issue of the Research Software Community Newsletter was edited by Yasel Quintero. All previous newsletters are available in our online archive.