NeSC Public Lecture: Software Sustainability: Looking Past the Myths by Neil Chue Hong

29 October, 2009 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh

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Neil Chue Hong
Director of OMII UK

The National e-Science Centre is delighted to host a public lecture by Neil Chue Hong. The public lecture is open to all interested parties in academia and industry. There is no need to register for this event and those attending the lecture are invited to join us for tea and coffee at 17:00.

This Public Lecture is scheduled to be webcast live. For further information see below.

Neil Chue Hong


Sustainability is the ultimate goal for any software. If a future for software is not secured, the time and money invested in its development is wasted. With this level of importance placed on software sustainability, it is no surprise that a number of myths have sprung up around how to achieve it.

In this entertaining lecture, Neil Chue Hong, Director of OMII-UK, will challenge five myths that surround the goal of software sustainability. Neil will call upon OMII-UK’s long history of working with projects from the UK research community, achieving software sustainability and participating in sustainable projects. After discussing the misconceptions that led to the five sustainability myths, Neil will describe OMII-UK’s route for achieving software sustainability through engagement with the research community.


Neil Chue Hong is Director of the OMII-UK, a collaborative e-Science project between the universities of Southampton, Edinburgh, and Manchester. OMII-UK provides sustainable software and solutions to the UK research community and its international collaborators, by providing support, integrating components, improving and hardening software and working with the community to promote best practice.

Neil is a member of the Open Grid Forum (OGF), active in a number of data area working groups and previously a Board Member and Chair of NomCom. He led the successful Engage initiative to help UK research groups take better advantage of e-Infrastructure. Neil is a member of the advisory board of the nanoCMOS and ADMIRE projects, and a member of the Globus Incubator Management Project for nurturing new grid software.

Before taking on his current role, Neil was data programme manager at EPCC, based at the University of Edinburgh. He was responsible for the coordination of a number of data-centric grid and e-Science projects, including EPCC’s successful OGSA-DAI software. Before this, Neil worked as a consultant at EPCC, where he provided various Scottish SMEs with software in the areas of machine vision and image processing.

Neil originally trained as a Computational Physicist. He has worked for Unilever, in their business systems department, and taught courses on Software Development and Scientific Visualisation. He is also an active member of the Scottish film community, where he promotes better access to films in all communities.


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