Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences

This workshop was held on Sunday, November 17, 2013 as part of Supercomputing 2013. Some 60 people attended, although I am sorry to say I don’t think astronomy was well represented. The aim of the workshop was to discuss challenges best practices in developing and maintaining scientific software, in the following areas, which roughly follow  NSF’s “A Vision and Strategy for Software for Science, Engineering, and Education: Cyberinfrastructure Framework for the 21st Century (2012)”:

  • The development process that leads to new software
  • The support and maintenance of existing software, including
  • The role of open source communities or industry
  • Use of the software
  • Policy issues
  • Education and training

There were two keynote addresses, one by Philip E. Bourne: A Recipe for Sustainable Software:

and Arfon Smith: Scientific Software and the Open Collaborative Web

The web site posts an impressive collection of contributed papers divided into the following areas:

  • Development Experiences
  • Development, Support, and Maintenance of Existing Software
  • Best Practices, Challenges, and Recommendations
  • Policy:
  • Modeling Sustainability
  • Credit, Citation, Impact
  • Reproducibility
  • Implementing Policy
  • Communities
  • Industry & Economic Models
  • Education & Training

You can read the collaborative notes and there is a technical report at

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