Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand

Date: 24 October, 2017, a 1-day workshop during IEEE eScience

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Progress in scientific research is dependent on the quality and accessibility of research software at all levels. It is critical to address many new challenges related to the development, deployment, maintenance, and sustainability of open-use research software: the software upon which specific research results rely. Open-use software means that the software is widely accessible (whether open source, shareware, or commercial). Research software means that the choice of software is essential to specific research results; using different software could produce different results.

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 these challenges, including both positions and experiences, and a forum for the community to assemble and act.

WSSSPE is an international community-driven organization that promotes sustainable research software by addressing challenges related to the full lifecycle of research software through shared learning and community action. WSSSPE5.2 is the eighth workshop convened since 2015 in an international series that provides opportunities for the community to come together to share and advance practices.

WSSSPE5.2 aims to facilitate the creation of a regional community focussed on sustainable research software, by sharing and building best practice both locally and internationally. The workshop will discuss topics relevant to building a sustainable future for open-use research software and the activities that are needed to get there. This includes discussion of practices and experiences in sustainable scientific software, with the goal of improving the quality of today’s research software and the experiences of its developers by sharing practices and experiences.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Development and Community
    • Best practices for developing sustainable software
    • Case studies of building regional WSSSPE communities
    • Models for funding specialist expertise in software collaborations
    • Software tools that aid sustainability
    • Academia/industry interaction
    • Refactoring/improving legacy scientific software
    • Engineering design for sustainable software
    • Metrics for the success of scientific software
    • Adaptation of mainstream software practices for scientific software
  • Professionalization
    • Career paths
    • Research Software Engineering as a brand
    • Initiatives for professionalization of Research Software Engineering
    • Increase incentives in publishing, funding and promotion for better software
  • Training
    • Training for developing sustainable software
    • Curriculum for software sustainability
  • Credit
    • Making the existing credit and citation ecosystem work better for software
    • Future credit and citation ecosystem
    • Software contributions as a part of tenure review
    • Case studies of receiving credit for software contributions
    • Awards and recognition that encourage sustainable software
  • Software publishing
    • Journals and alternative venues for publishing software
    • Review processes for published software
    • Software discoverability/reuse
  • Software reproducibility
    • – requirements in conferences and journals
    • – best practices
  • Proposal and case studies