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Community organizations: changing the culture in which research software is developed and sustained

Community organizations: changing the culture in which research software is developed and sustained
Community organizations: changing the culture in which research software is developed and sustained

Software is the key crosscutting technology that enables advances in mathematics, computer science, and domain-specific science and engineering to achieve robust simulations and analysis for science, engineering, and other research fields. However, software itself has not traditionally received focused attention from research communities; rather, software has evolved organically and inconsistently, with its development largely as by-products of other initiatives. Moreover, challenges in scientific software are expanding due to disruptive changes in computer hardware, increasing scale and complexity of data, and demands for more complex simulations involving multiphysics, multiscale modeling and outer-loop analysis. In recent years, community members have established a range of grass-roots organizations and projects to address these growing technical and social challenges in software productivity, quality, reproducibility, and sustainability. This article provides an overview of such groups and discusses opportunities to leverage their synergistic activities while nurturing work toward emerging software ecosystems.

research software, scientific software, software community culture, software ecosystems, software productivity, software sustainability
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Katz, Daniel S.
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Katz, Daniel S., McInnes, Lois Curfman, Bernholdt, David E., Mayes, Abigail Cabunoc, Hong, Neil P.Chue, Duckles, Jonah, Gesing, Sandra, Heroux, Michael A., Hettrick, Simon, Jimenez, Rafael C., Pierce, Marlon, Weaver, Belinda and Wilkins-Diehr, Nancy (2019) Community organizations: changing the culture in which research software is developed and sustained. Computing in Science & Engineering, 21 (2), 8-24. (doi:10.1109/MCSE.2018.2883051).

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Abstract

Software is the key crosscutting technology that enables advances in mathematics, computer science, and domain-specific science and engineering to achieve robust simulations and analysis for science, engineering, and other research fields. However, software itself has not traditionally received focused attention from research communities; rather, software has evolved organically and inconsistently, with its development largely as by-products of other initiatives. Moreover, challenges in scientific software are expanding due to disruptive changes in computer hardware, increasing scale and complexity of data, and demands for more complex simulations involving multiphysics, multiscale modeling and outer-loop analysis. In recent years, community members have established a range of grass-roots organizations and projects to address these growing technical and social challenges in software productivity, quality, reproducibility, and sustainability. This article provides an overview of such groups and discusses opportunities to leverage their synergistic activities while nurturing work toward emerging software ecosystems.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 6 December 2018
Published date: 1 March 2019
Keywords: research software, scientific software, software community culture, software ecosystems, software productivity, software sustainability

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Local EPrints ID: 431416
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/431416
ISSN: 1521-9615
PURE UUID: 816c5249-9649-4e19-8284-2da828bf80fb

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Date deposited: 31 May 2019 16:30
Last modified: 31 May 2019 16:30

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Author: Daniel S. Katz
Author: Lois Curfman McInnes
Author: David E. Bernholdt
Author: Abigail Cabunoc Mayes
Author: Neil P.Chue Hong
Author: Jonah Duckles
Author: Sandra Gesing
Author: Michael A. Heroux
Author: Simon Hettrick
Author: Rafael C. Jimenez
Author: Marlon Pierce
Author: Belinda Weaver
Author: Nancy Wilkins-Diehr

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