WSSSPE members recognise the value of good practice in software development and the benefits of robust and reproducible code in research. The adoption of such practice requires an investment of time, energy, and money, and unfortunately it can be difficult to convince research scientists that this investment is worthwhile. Several initiatives already aim to encourage good practice in research software development, for example, Software Carpentry, the Software Sustainability Institute, the internal Software Engineering Initiative at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and the Bio-IT project at EMBL. However, some research groups have remained difficult to reach.
Different approaches can be targeted at different levels and career stages. The majority of these share a common theme of support for the local research community.
For those at an early career stage, adoption of good practice can be encouraged by the availability of training, resources, and tools…Continue Reading