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Progress in scientific research is dependent on the quality and accessibility of software at all levels and it is now critical to address many new challenges related to the development, deployment, and maintenance of reusable software. In addition, it is essential that scientists, researchers, and students are able to learn and adopt a new set of software-related skills and methodologies.

Established researchers are already acquiring some of these skills, and in particular a specialized class of software developers is emerging in academic environments who are an integral and embedded part of successful research teams.

WSSSPE provides a forum for discussion of the challenges, including both positions and experiences, and a forum for the community to assemble and act.

Learn more about WSSSPE

Community & Channels

Mailing List
  • There is a Slack team for WSSSPE
    • including channels for various working groups
  • To join the main team
  • Once you have joined the main team, join other channels through slack

WSSSPE2 on Sunday!

WSSSPE2, the Second Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experience is coming up on Sunday (at the New Orleans Convention Center, rooms 275-277, 8:45 am – 5:30 pm), and we’re looking forward to seeing the WSSSPE community and friends there. If you are attending SC14 in New Orleans, and you will be there […]

second WSSSPE2 keynote and agenda update

We’re pleased to announce that Neil Chue Hong will be giving the 2nd WSSSPE2 keynote ( Also, we’ve now grouped the accepted papers ( into five themes: Exploring Sustainability Software Development Experiences Policy Reproducibility & Reuse & Sharing Code Testing & Code Review Each of these topics will be used to form breakout groups in […]

help needed in organizing WSSSPE2 breako...

Hi, As you have probably seen, we have 29 accepted papers for WSSSPE2 (, coming up in about a month at SC14 in New Orleans. We are planning a fairly interactive program, with lots of breakouts and discussions. For two of the sessions, we are trying to use the community of authors, PC members, and […]

First WSSSPE2 keynote set, and rough age...

The first WSSSPE2 keynote is set – Kaitlin Thaney from the Mozilla Science Foundation. We also have a rough agenda posted, and are working through a process to determine the topics of the breakouts in sessions 2 and 3, based on the contributed papers.  If you are on the WSSSPE mailing list, you will soon […]

WSSSPE2 travel support available

Travel support for attending and contributing to the WSSSPE2 discussion is available – see for details.  Applications are due Sept. 15.

WSSSPE2 accepted papers posted

The list of the 29 accepted WSSSPE2 papers is now available at The organizers are now working to create a schedule, including plenaries and discussion sessions, based on these papers.

WSSSPE2 deadline extended to July 21

Hi, We’ve decided to extend the WSSSPE2 submission deadline to July 21 (any time of day). see or Thanks, the WSSSPE2 organizers


The WSSSPE1 summary paper has been accepted by JORS, and will appear in a special issue of WSSSPE1 papers.  A preprint is available at WSSSPE1.1 will be at SciPy in Austin on July 10 – see for details WSSSPE2 will be at SC14 in New Orleans on November 16 – see for details, and note: the […]

WSSSPE1 workshop report

The WSSSPE1 workshop report has now been submitted to the JORS special issue to be assembled of extended WSSSPE1 papers.  A pre-print is available at   Dan (on behalf of all the report authors)

2014 WSSSPE workshops

Hi, I want to let you know about 2 upcoming WSSSPE meetings: We will hold WSSSPE1.1 at SciPy 2014 in Austin, TX, on Thursday, July 10.  This will be a somewhat specialized workshop, focusing on the SciPy community: “We are proud to announce that this year on Thursday afternoon of the conference, we will be […]