In August 2010, I was invited to take part in the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshops on Distributed Computing, Multidisciplinary Science, and the NSF’s Scientific Software Innovation Institutes Program. The workshops were chaired by Miron Livny, Ian Foster, Ruth Pordes, Scott Koranda and J.P. Navarro. Our goal was to make recommendations to the NSF on strategies for assuring long-term maintainability of software.
Our primary recommendation was the creation of “A US Software Infrastructure Institute that provides a national center of excellence for community based software architecture, design and production; expertise and services in support of software life cycle practices; marketing, documentation and networking services; and transformative workforce development activities.” Its goals are similar to those of the Software Sustainability Institute in the U. K.
Download the full report here: WorkshopReportSubmittedtoNSF