EGU 2013: Splinter Meeting: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the Geosciences

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Introduction to the splinter meeting on "Free and Open Source Software in the Geosciences", held on April 10 2013 at the European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna.

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EGU 2013: Splinter Meeting: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the Geosciences

  1. 1. Splinter Meeting: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the GeosciencesWednesday, April 1017:30 – 19:00 hoursRoom R10 • DOI: 10.1038/nature10836
  2. 2. Working withFree and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Science ? Welcome home !
  3. 3. Its time to talk about FOSS -in Science Close Up “To every age its SCIENCE. To SCIENCE its freedom.” Sezession-Museum, Karlsplatz, Vienna
  4. 4. 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!
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Overview Available FOSS Software ToolsFOSS Your work,Organisations Your needs Impact on Science
  8. 8. Benefits from Free Software (according to the Free Software Foundation)
  9. 9. 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”
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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 ...
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. http://live.osgeo.org
  15. 15. http://live.osgeo.org
  16. 16. Microsoft Windows Installers at http://live.osgeo.org
  17. 17. Apple Installers at http://live.osgeo.org
  18. 18. Information Sources on FOSS in Science and Applications• OSGeo portal: www.osgeo.org• Project Websites• Blogs• Slideshare• Youtube
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. Tasks for FOSSIS● Knowledge ● advancing, ● sharing and ● Preservation● Follow the scientific method ● “Reproducible research vs. non-reproducible research”
  21. 21. 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 !
  22. 22. 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 ?
  23. 23. 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 !
  24. 24. Its time to talk about FOSS -in Science “To every age its SCIENCE. To SCIENCE its freedom.” Close Up Sezession-Museum, Karlsplatz, Vienna
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. Nature• DOI: 10.1038/nature10836
  28. 28. 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!
  29. 29. Thanks for coming ! See you atFOSSGIS 2013 (Rapperswill)FOSS4G 2013 (Nottingham)FOSS4GCEE 2013 (Bucarest) AGU 2014 EGU 2014 …
  30. 30. 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.

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