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The Conceptualization of URSSI - How You Can Engage

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Many science advances have been possible thanks to use of software. This software, also known as "research software,",has become essential to progress in science and engineering. The scientists who develop the software are experts in their discipline, but not necessarily experts in software engineering and may lack sufficient understanding of the practices that make software development easier, and the software more robust, reliable, maintainable and sustainable. This project will work with these scientists and software engineering experts to understand how the research community can best work together to design and maintain better software with lower effort, so that they and others can continue to use it over long periods of time. This project will conduct several workshops and a survey in order to gather and understand the community's needs addressing the diversity in software expertise of its members. These needs will be widely disseminated via newsletters and via a website. The primary deliverable of this project will be a design and strategic plan for a US Research Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI) which will serve as a community hub and provide services to scientists that will help them create improved, more sustainable software. This software in turn will accelerate the progress of science.

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The Conceptualization of URSSI - How You Can Engage

  1. 1. The Conceptualization of URSSI – How You Can Engage Sandra Gesing sandra.gesing@nd.edu July 24, 2018
  2. 2. Conceptualizing a US Research Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI)
  3. 3. Conceptualizing a US Research Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI)
  4. 4. URSSI Team
  5. 5. URSSI Team
  6. 6. Research Software http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.843607
  7. 7. Research Software http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.843607 > 50% neither formal nor informal training in software engineering
  8. 8. Research Software http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.843607 Lack of career paths
  9. 9. Research Software http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.843607 How to cite software?
  10. 10. Areas of Concern • Functioning of the individual and team • Functioning of the research software • Functioning of the research field itself
  11. 11. Functioning of the Individual and Team • Training & education • Ensuring appropriate credit for software development • Enabling publication pathways for research software • Fostering satisfactory and rewarding career paths for people who develop and maintain software • Increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in software engineering
  12. 12. Functioning of Research Software • Supporting sustainability of the software • Growing community, evolving governance, and developing relationships between organizations, both academic and industrial • Fostering both testing and reproducibility • Supporting new models and developments (e.g., agile web frameworks, Software-as-a-Service) • Supporting contributions of transient contributors (e.g., students)
  13. 13. Functioning of the Research Field Itself • Growing communities around research software and disparate user requirements • Cataloging extant and necessary software • Disseminating new developments • Training researchers in the usage of software • Understanding and improving pipelines of diverse developers and maintainers
  14. 14. URSSI and Other S2I2 Projects
  15. 15. URSSI and Other S2I2 Projects Goal: Close collaboration and fill in gaps on each axis
  16. 16. Conceptualization • Workshops • First workshop took place in April in Berkeley
  17. 17. Conceptualization • Workshops • First workshop took place in April in Berkeley • Next workshop will take place in October in Chicago • Software credit workshop • Incubator workshop • Survey • Ethnographic studies • Mission and vision working group
  18. 18. Initial Straw Man
  19. 19. How to Connect • Website http://urssi.us/
  20. 20. How to Connect • Website http://urssi.us/ • Materials https://github.com/si2-urssi
  21. 21. How to Connect • Website http://urssi.us/ • Materials https://github.com/si2-urssi • Blog posts http://urssi.us/blog/
  22. 22. How to Connect • Website http://urssi.us/ • Materials https://github.com/si2-urssi • Blog posts http://urssi.us/blog/ • Mailing list http://urssi.us/
  23. 23. How to Connect • Website http://urssi.us/ • Materials https://github.com/si2-urssi • Blog posts http://urssi.us/blog/ • Mailing list http://urssi.us/ • Discuss https://discuss.urssi.us/
  24. 24. How to Connect • Website http://urssi.us/ • Materials https://github.com/si2-urssi • Blog posts http://urssi.us/blog/ • Mailing list http://urssi.us/ • Discuss https://discuss.urssi.us/ • Twitter https://twitter.com/si2urssi
  25. 25. Thanks! • Website http://urssi.us/ • Materials https://github.com/si2-urssi • Blog posts http://urssi.us/blog/ • Mailing list http://urssi.us/ • Discuss https://discuss.urssi.us/ • Twitter https://twitter.com/si2urssi • Workshops http://urssi.us/workshops/ Join us for our next workshop in October in Chicago!

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