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www.software.ac.ukCommunicatingtrust, enablingcriticismCommunicating Computational Research4 April 2013, Columbia Universi...
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“Lady and the Tramp”Photo by Joe ShlabotnikCC-BY-NC-SA                                                                    ...
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Communicating trust, enabling criticism

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Talk given at the Research Without Borders panel on Communicating Computational Research at Columbia University on 4th April 2013.

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Communicating trust, enabling criticism

  1. 1. www.software.ac.ukCommunicatingtrust, enablingcriticismCommunicating Computational Research4 April 2013, Columbia University, New YorkNeil Chue Hong (@npch)ORCID: 0000-0002-8876-7606N.ChueHong@software.ac.ukSustainability Institute Software Where indicated slides licensed under
  2. 2. The Software Sustainability Institute www.software.ac.ukA national facility for cultivating world-class research through software• Better software enables better research• Software reaches boundaries in its development cycle that prevent improvement, growth and adoption• Providing the expertise and services needed to negotiate to the next stage• Developing the policy and tools to support the community developing and using research software Supported by EPSRC Software Sustainability Institute Grant EP/H043160/1
  3. 3. “Episodis Critics”Photo by Camilay el ArteCC-BY-NC-SA www.software.ac.uk www.software.ac.uk If we cannot be critical, we cannot be researchers Software Sustainability Institute
  4. 4. www.software.ac.uk www.software.ac.ukBut systems are complex “Paint by Particle – aerosol movement” Photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video Software Sustainability Institute CC-BY
  5. 5. Function … and software is always growing www.software.ac.uk Library / Suite / Package AlgorithmProgram … Software Sustainability Institute
  6. 6. Water SwapReaction Coordinate www.software.ac.uk A water-swap reaction coordinate for the calculation of absolute protein-ligand binding free energies Woods CJ, Malaisree M, Hannongbua S, Mulholland AJ J. Chem. Phys. (2011) vol. 134, pp. 054114 Software Sustainability Institute http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3519057
  7. 7. How can I trust this code? www.software.ac.uklam = Symbol("lambda")S_sym = Symbol("S")S_scl = S_sym - 4*(S_sym-1)*(lam-0.5)**2 Opennessligand_bound_nrg_sym = Symbol("E_{ligand:bound}")ligand_bound_nrg = ligand_intraclj.components().total() + ligand_intraff.components().total() + bound_ligand_mobile.components().total(0) + Reviewbound_ligand_fixed_nrgswap_bound_nrg_sym = Symbol("E_{swap:bound}")swap_bound_nrg = ((S_scl) * swap_interclj.components().coulomb()) + Testsswap_interclj.components().lj() + bound_swap_fixed_nrg bound_swap_mobile.components().total(0) + bound_nrg_sym = Symbol("E_{bound}") Automationbound_nrg = bound_bound_nrg_sym + ((1-lam) * ligand_bound_nrg_sym) + (lam * swap_bound_nrg_sym)free_nrg_sym = Symbol("E_{free}")free_nrg = free_free_nrg_sym + (lam * ligand_free_nrg_sym) + ((1-lam) * swap_free_nrg_sym)total_nrg_sym = system.totalComponent()total_nrg = bound_nrg_sym + free_nrg_symsystem.setComponent(total_nrg_sym, total_nrg) Software Sustainability Institute
  8. 8. “Social Media Information Overload”Photo by Joe Intersection ConsultingCC-BY-NC Increase www.software.ac.uk the amount of information on the software (without drowning in it) increase the trust Software Sustainability Institute
  9. 9. Academic Software Should Not Suck www.software.ac.ukCourtesy of C. Titus Brown Software Sustainability Institutehttp://ivory.idyll.org/blog/ladder-of-academic-software-notsuck.html
  10. 10. 5 Stars of Research Software www.software.ac.uk • Community  There is a community infrastructure C • Open R O  Software has permissive license • Defined  Accurate metadata for the software E D • Extensible  Usable, modifiable for my purpose c.f. • Runnable 5 Stars of Linked Data (Berners-Lee)  I can access and run software 5 Stars of Online Journals (Shotton)“Golden Star”Originally bySsolbergjCC-BY Software Sustainability Institute
  11. 11. “Scared”Photo by Capture QueenCC-BY www.software.ac.uk www.software.ac.uk Isn’t sharing scary? Software Sustainability Institute
  12. 12. There is only one thing in life www.software.ac.uk www.software.ac.ukworse than beingtalked about, andthat is not beingtalked about. – Oscar Wilde Software Sustainability Institute
  13. 13. Journal of OpenResearch Software www.software.ac.uk http://openresearchsoftware.metajnl.com Software Sustainability Institute
  14. 14. “Lady and the Tramp”Photo by Joe ShlabotnikCC-BY-NC-SA www.software.ac.uk www.software.ac.uk The stigma of sharing will disappear Software Sustainability Institute
  15. 15. Communication www.software.ac.ukisn’t just questions + answers http://bit.ly/datasharingpanda… it’s about sharing knowledge Software Sustainability Institute
  16. 16. SSI Organisation www.software.ac.uk• Community Engagement (Lead: Shoaib Sufi)  Fellowship Programme  Events and Roadshows• Consultancy (Lead: Steve Crouch)  Open Call for Projects / Funded Collaborations  Software Evaluation• Policy and Publicity (Lead: Simon Hettrick)  Guides and Case Studies  Best Practice and Policy• Training (Lead: Mike Jackson)  Software Carpentry (500+ students/year)  Software Surgeries• Collaboration between universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford and Southampton. 9.5 FTEs for 5 yrs supplemented by additional project funding. Software Sustainability Institute

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