Business, technology and sustainability strategies for your research software project - 11-12 June 2018

Posted by n.chuehong on 26 April 2018 - 4:03pm

Are you working on a research software project, and would like to develop and scale your work? Would you like to create a business plan, understand cybersecurity, and learn about alternative funding models?

The SGCI are running an intensive workshop for leaders of research software projects, science gateways and virtual research environments (VREs) in Edinburgh on the 11-12 June 2018, immediately before IWSG2018. Participants will engage in hands-on activities to help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders and to create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan. Workshop participants will work closely with one another and, as a result, have the opportunity to network and establish relationships with people who are engaging in similar activities.

Participants will learn:

  • Core business strategy skills as they apply to leading an online digital presence, such as understanding stakeholder and user needs; business, operations, finance, and resource planning; and project management;

  • Technology best practices, including the principles of cybersecurity; software architecture, development practices, and tools that ensure implementation of strong software engineering methods; usability do’s and don’ts; and

  • Long-term sustainability strategies, such as alternative funding models; case studies of successful gateway efforts; licensing choices and their impact on sustainability; planning for and measuring your impact.

Participants will also build relationships with other participants engaged in creating gateways/VREs/research software.Although we can't cover it all in two days, you'll learn about sustainability best practices, understanding your audience and key stakeholders, market development, goal setting and budgeting, and user-centered design and usability.

For more information, and to register, go to:

Please note that the deadline for applications has been extended to 7th May 2018.