In our  RSSE Africa community meetup on 15 March, one of our community members asked, “How can I hone my skills as a research software engineer?”

Read our blog post to get some ideas how you could grow your skills and embed yourself in a community for support and mentorship.


Community News

4th Big Data Africa School hosted in Cape Town


The 4th Big Data Africa School hosted by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory took place from 5 - 11 March 2023. The UK Newton Fund funded the initiative under the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) Big Data project. Participants hailed from South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya, Algeria, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Read more…

(Image credit: Big Data Africa School)

Feedback from the April RSSE Africa meetup

On Wednesday, 12 April 2023 Ayton Meintjies from the H3ABioNet team shared his experiences and 'musings' during a talk titled “RSE: lessons from 10 years of H3ABioNet”.

The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) consortium facilitates fundamental research into diseases on the African continent while developing infrastructure, resources, training, and ethical guidelines to support a sustainable African research enterprise – led by African scientists for the African people.

H3ABioNet worked to develop human capacity through training and support for data analysis and facilitating access to informatics infrastructure by developing or providing access to pipelines and tools for human, microbiome and pathogen genomic data analysis specifically for the H3A project. The project recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary.

Important dates

New events page on RSSE Africa website!

The RSSE Africa website now features events from around the globe that may be of interest to folks in the research software and systems space. Advertise your event here or sign up for any of these amazing opportunities!
View all events now!

African Carpentries Community Meetups
20 April 2023
12 - 13pm SAST/10 - 11am UTC

We meet every 4th Thursday of the month to discuss topics related to workshops, resources, opportunities, and events. Read more about The Carpentries in Africa.  

  Click here to sign up!   

Community member spotlight 

Every month, we will spotlight one African community member in this newsletter. This is an opportunity to showcase important work and build your online presence.

Each showcase will be shared as an interview — we will share a list of questions about your career, day-to-day work, aspirations, and more.

Nominate yourself or someone to be featured

March Spotlight: Clinton Nkolokosa

Geospatial Analyst at Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust


“One thing that is difficult to explain is the importance of supportive and collaborative networks. I have always tried to play an open hand and encourage....”

Read more about Clinton Nkolokosa

Nominations for presentations

This year's meetups will intensely focus on showcasing African research software developers and their work to encourage networking and discussion.

We'd like to invite you to do a short informal presentation about your work. Tell us about your projects, the infrastructure you use, the languages you code in, or the challenges and successes you've experienced.

Sign-up to present here

Interesting open access publications

 An Exploration of the Mentorship Needs of Research Software Engineers

Milewicz, R., & Mundt, M. (2021)
ArXiv. /abs/2110.02251 

Read the article online

A mentorship and incubation program using project-based learning to build a professional bioinformatics pipeline in Kenya

Nanjala R, Nyasimi F, Masiga D, Kibet CK (2023)
PLoS Comput Biol 19(3): e1010904
Read the article online

Exciting open educational resources

The Turing Way Handbook to Reproducible, Ethical and Collaborative Data Science

An open book that includes information about version control, licensing, code quality, reusable code, code review, continuous integration and more.
Read this free, open book online...

News from ReSA

For Funders and Policy Makers

The Research Software Alliance (ReSA) is supporting a task force on institutional policies that supports research software. Access their database here to learn more about other institutions’ research software policies. Learn more about the task force on the ReSA website.

Looking for funding for research software?

ReSA maintains an open database of funding opportunities related to research software and those developing it. Explore the database here

"To ensure the reproducibility of research outcomes and therefore the reliability of, and trust in, research and scholarship, it is vitally important to guarantee the sustainability of research software by integrating it into the research process as a whole.."

— Amsterdam Declaration on Funding Research Software
Sustainability (10.5281/zenodo.7330541)

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