EGU 2013: Splinter Meeting: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the Geosciences
Splinter Meeting: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the GeosciencesWednesday, April 1017:30 – 19:00 hoursRoom R10 • DOI: 10.1038/nature10836
Working withFree and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Science ? Welcome home !
Its time to talk about FOSS -in Science Close Up “To every age its SCIENCE. To SCIENCE its freedom.” Sezession-Museum, Karlsplatz, Vienna
Free Open Source Software in Science A success story !• One year ago: – EGU 2012: First Splinter Session on FOSS – Many attendees, very positive feedback• AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2012: – First full session on FOSS in Science – Reach Out Meeting between AGU and OSGeo• EGU 2013: – Second Splinter Meeting (right now) – Reach Out Meeting with OSGeo (afterwards) – Coverage by Austrian Public Radio ORF. – Session ESSI2.7 tommorrow: • People got travel money for EGU just because of their FOSS work!
Session ESSI 2.7:Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Geoinformatics and Geosciences Thursday, April 11 Oral Presentations: 10:30 – 12:00 hours Room R14
Agenda• What is this FOSS exactly ? – Software ? Where to get it ? – A way to do (better) research ? Lifestyle ? Ideology ? – Significance of FOSS for EGU / ESSI – Showcases• Discussion: Challenges / Issues / Road ahead• Opportunity: Meet with local FOSS people at SCHWEIZERHOF Restaurant (19:30 hours) for more discussions.
Overview Available FOSS Software ToolsFOSS Your work,Organisations Your needs Impact on Science
Benefits from Free Software (according to the Free Software Foundation)
How are scientists using FOSS ? ESSI 2.7 Thursday:● Scientists apply and communicate FOSS: 10:30, ● To “forge” new research tools R14 ● FOSS to implement algorithms ● To extend existing tools & apply them for new uses ● To share their work in the scientific and FOSS communities● Scientists arent professional programmers. They create ● “tools which work (well enough)” ● “proof of concept”
Introducing FOSS Software• There are many FOSS • There is FOSS data (e.g.: tools for Science Open Street Map) available. • Most tools are „ready to• Most of the are on the use“ (available as executables, Web source code is provided anyway)• FOSS tools are available • FOSS tools can be used for together with propietary Microsoft/Mac/Linux/And software. roid/etc. • They can interact with propietary data formats.
FOSS-Communities• People using and • Geospatial Example: developing FOSS are – OSGeo: Worldwide organized in multiple Umbrella Organisation ways (which are compatible. since mid2000s Ist no one-or-the-other) – Community and licence• Example: R (Statistics) appliance testing – CRAN Archive – Conferences – Mailing Lists – Books
Reaching Critical Mass• One main benefit of FOSS tools is the Freedom to combine them into any kind of workflow.• Problem: It would be good to know what tools exist and where to find them ...
http://live.osgeo.org• A „swiss army knife“ collection of Geospatial tools (+ data + documentation)• Linux based• Can be used standalone (leaves no footprint)• Or for installation• DVD/UsbStick/ISO- Image
Information Sources on FOSS in Science and Applications• OSGeo portal: www.osgeo.org• Project Websites• Blogs• Slideshare• Youtube
FOSS in Science: “FOSSIS”● Communicate findings, learn from others● Connect & network with FOSS practioners from all scientific fields● Support the “next generation” of scientists using and promoting FOSS in Science.● Everybody can participate – not limited to Scientists● Everbody will benefit
Tasks for FOSSIS● Knowledge ● advancing, ● sharing and ● Preservation● Follow the scientific method ● “Reproducible research vs. non-reproducible research”
FOSSIS Issue: Code Citation● Recognition of scientific work by peers: Reviewed Articles, Conferences like EGU● Recognition for FOSS code by peers @ EGU ? ● Not there yet● Recognition of advances in “FOSS in Science” is needed !
Example● Current research leads to new database tools,● these are shared and become used worldwide.● This DOES NOT improve ones citation record - yet. Is community-accepted FOSS-code peer-reviewed ?
Ideas for EGU 2013 ESSI 2.7 Thursday● A ESSI-session for “FOSSIS technical solutions” (derived from other topical sessions) ?● A FOSSIS price for young scientists ? TBD ● Innovative FOSS use in a scientific field ? ● Unheard of combined use of FOSS tools ?● Tangible web-presence/contact point for FOSSIS at EGU● EGU 2014: Tutorials on FOSS Software ? Mailing List: Give use your contact email to join !
Its time to talk about FOSS -in Science “To every age its SCIENCE. To SCIENCE its freedom.” Close Up Sezession-Museum, Karlsplatz, Vienna
FOSS in Science● Communicate findings, learn from others● Connect & network with FOSS practioners from all scientific fields● Support the “next generation” of scientists using and promoting FOSS in Science.●● Everybody can participate – not limited to Scientists● Everbody will benefit
Burning Issue: Code Citation● Recognition of scientific work by peers: Reviewed Articles, Conferences like EGU● Recognition for FOSS in Science by peers @ EGU ? Not there yet● Recognition of advances in “FOSS in Science” is needed
Let‘s move to: Schweizerhaus• U1 Subway Exit: Praterstern• Address: Prater 116, 1020 Wien www.schweizerhaus.at Because for technical reasons at the moment we do not accept credit cards!
Thanks for coming ! See you atFOSSGIS 2013 (Rapperswill)FOSS4G 2013 (Nottingham)FOSS4GCEE 2013 (Bucarest) AGU 2014 EGU 2014 …
Splinter Meeting:Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the Geosciences Wednesday, April 10 17:30 – 19:00 hours Room R10This splinter meeting allows geoscientists to discuss theopportunities and challenges of Free and Open Source(FOSS) Software in their respective fields.