Berlin Calling

After having lived more than half my life in Scotland, it is time to pack our bags and move on. In the summer we are going to relocate to Berlin where I will take on a new position at the Charité hospital. Unsurprisingly, this is a very difficult decision with …

Setting up a Globus Online Service

The School storage is continuously increasing and datasets of many terrabytes are no longer exceptional. One of the big problems with large datasets is how to transfer them from one system to another. One of our research groups collects micro tomography datasets of the order of tens of terrabytes. These …

Fighting Community

Here we go again, we are preparing for another round of strikes. The issues we have been fighting over have not changed: our pensions are still threatened and our working conditions have still not improved. The three day strike before Christmas was just a warm up for this round. We …

The Deliberate Consumer

In the small town where I grew up there were essentially two places where you could buy records and CDs. They also sold personal stereos, TVs and washing machines. They had a pretty good selection but nothing unusual. I had to go to the city for a specialist record shop …

2021 - An Uneventful Year

Another year in the grip of the pandemic has passed. In many ways it was a very uneventful year filled with work and local walks. We seem to be getting the hang of the pandemic and ended up with 3 1-day self-isolation periods while we waited for our test results …

On University Pay and Inflation

Despite of the relatively high Covid19 incidence numbers, the UK is returning to some form of normality. The year is coming to an end and the Christmas Market is absolutely packed. We are also preparing for another 3 day strike followed by further industrial action on the Four Fights and …

Publishing Scientific Software

So you are writing scientific software and are wondering how to tell the world about it. In this blog post I briefly list the things you can do to make your software more visible. Use version control to manage your code. These days that is probably git. Depending on complexity …

Deleting too many files

CephFS is now an integral part of the School of GeoScience's IT infrastructure. It provides both personal and group storage for windows, mac and linux users. Since our first disaster due to running out of resources it has been running very reliably and it provided all the benefits we had …

Coding Confession of a Research Software Engineer

We all make mistakes. But they are quite often invisible. Especially when we are programming. Once we know that we have made a mistake we tend to fix it and move on to the next problem. Mistakes are a learning opportunity. Sharing them thus helps others. The Software Sustainability Institute …

Conda on LCFG Managed Ubuntu systems

Conda is the name of the package manager used with the data science distribution anaconda. It is available for Linux, Windows and Mac systems and is heavily used for managing scientific software environments. In the past we required our users to download and install conda themselves. Earlier versions of conda …