Director, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh

Neil is the founding Director of the Software Sustainability Institute. Graduating with an MPhys in Computational Physics from the University of Edinburgh, he began his career at EPCC, becoming Project Manager there in 2003. During this time he led the Data Access and Integration projects (OGSA-DAI and DAIT), and collaborated in many e-Science projects.

From 2007-2010, Neil was Director of OMII-UK, which provided and supported free, open-source software to the UK e-Research community. During this period, he was also Technical Manager of the JISC-funded NeISS social simulation project and the Project Manager of the JISC-funded ENGAGE initiative to undertake small, directed interventions in the development of software supporting researchers.

His current research is in the use of cloud computing for research, software ecosystems, and digital repositories. He advises several related organisations including the ASEArch CCP, Future Compute, the Water Science Software Institute, the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyber-Infrastructure, and e-Research South. He is the editor of the Journal of Open Research Software, and an advocate for the Software Carpentry initiative to help researchers be more productive by teaching them basic computing skills

Experience

  • 2010–present
    Director, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh
  • 2007–2010
    Director, OMII-UK, University of Southampton

Education

  • 1999 
    University of Edinburgh, MPhys Computational Physics

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    SI2-CHE: Development and Deployment of Chemical Software for Advanced Potential Energy Surfaces
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    EPSRC
  • 2010
    SSI: The UK Software Sustainability Institute
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    EPSRC