June roundup – where has the eScience Center been this month?

The answer is everywhere! The eScience Center has been actively engaging with the scientific community through various events and conferences, showcasing the impact we make through the application of research software. Check out what we’ve been up to this month!  

A gathering of digital humanities experts  

From 4-7 June, our general director, Joris van Eijnatten and colleagues Valentina Azzarà, Carsten Schnober and Erik Tjong Kim Sang attended the DH Benelux 2024 conference in Leuven, Belgium. Joris gave an inspiring presentation on methods to automatically extract book titles from digitized newspapers and Erik presented a hybrid approach to transcribing civil records from Curaçao. The conference brought together scholars working in digital humanities in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. 

Fostering collaboration for projects

On 11 June, we organized a workshop with the University College London as part of the Digital Twins for Disaster Early Warning Systems project, exploring the needs of communities concerning digital twins for Disaster Early Warning Systems. The team fostered collaboration between relevant groups at the forefront of research into digital twins and disaster management in the Netherlands.

TDCC-NES provides support for researchers 

The TDCC-NES project Best Practices for Sustainable Software, led by Carlos Martinez-Ortiz, organized ‘walk-in sessions’ at the University of Twente. These sessions allow researchers to share their code with software experts from the eScience Center, receiving suggestions on how to make their code more reliable, easier to reuse and overall, more effective. They also receive guidance on Software Management Plans (SMPs) for their projects.

Keep an eye out for more upcoming ‘walk-in sessions’ at the University of Groningen on 3 July and Tilburg University on 19 September.

Exchanging knowledge at SURF Research Day 2024 

At the tail end of May (but we’ll still count it in this month’s roundup) we joined SURF in Amersfoort for their SURF Research Day! The day was dedicated to fostering connections, exchanging knowledge, and celebrating advancements in research, IT and support. We were able to cultivate partnerships between researchers, advocates of research, and the researchers that fuel innovation. Our RSE Carlos Murilo Romero Rocha (see photo) was invited to participate in the panel discussion “Challenges of maintaining a community research software package”. Nicolas Renaud presented an overview of the activities of the Quantum Applications Lab (QAL), Sarah Alidoost and Ou Ku gave a demo on doing machine learning with the Deployable Analysis EnvironemenT (DAT) and Deekshitha presented part of her PhD research into research software maturity.

Teaching early career researchers about machine learning  

Sven van der Burg, Malte Lüken, Carsten Schnober and Flavio Hafner taught “Machine learning with Python using scikit-learn” at the SICSS-ODISSEI summer school 2-week intensive programme earlier this month. On the second day of the summer school, there was a special assignment on predicting fertility using registry data from CBS and the ODISSEI secure supercomputer  

Leading a workshop on green and efficient data science 

On 17 June, Alessio Sclocco and Stijn Heldens taught a workshop at the BioSB 2024 PhD retreat event. BioSB is the Dutch research school for bioinformatics and this year’s PhD retreat revolved around green and efficient data science. Alessio and Stijn taught a workshop titled “Green and efficient data science” where they discussed GPU and energy-efficient programming. 

Research software management onboarding day  

At the research software support onboarding and networking day on June 20, we assisted new and seasoned software support personnel at digital competence centres (DCCs) in sharing resources, building connections and addressing challenges. The day included interactive elements where participants had the opportunity to interact with one another and with various communities that promoted research software. Jaro Camphuijsen introduced the eScience Center Research Software Support Masterclass, which is designed to help professionals in research software support gain the skills they need. 

Who are we?   

The eScience Center is a research organization dedicated to applying research software to answer research questions in any scientific domain through project collaborations. It has the largest concentration of dedicated, high-level research software expertise in the Netherlands. The eScience Center also has a Fellowship Programme and makes all of its software and training materials openly available online. For more information about what we offer, visit esciencecenter.nl.