German RSE Survey 2017: Invitation to participate

Posted by s.aragon on 27 October 2017 - 10:13am

As part of our on-going effort to collect information about RSEs in different countries, the SSI and de-RSE have created a specific version of the UK RSE survey for Germany (more information can be found here). 

Participants are needed for this survey on research software and people writing scientific software for Germany. If you are coding in and for academia in Germany then complete the survey and help us spread the word. You can also access a german version of the survey.

As of now there is not much knowledge about the community of those in research and science who develop software. This survey aims to gain valuable insights into this community in order to support research funders and other institutions to develop strategies and funding programs as well as policies.

Last and this years’ UK surveys [1, 2] allowed to gain valuable insights. To continue our success with this campaign, we need to track how the community evolves at other places. Simultaneously, similar surveys will be conducted in Canada, Australia, Norway, the Netherlands, the USA and South Africa. For reasons of comparability, this survey was closely coordinated with the others.

This survey gives German researchers and scientists the opportunity for their point of view and experiences to be heard and thus be part of the development of this community. It would be also very helpful if you could spread the word to others who develop software in the German research landscape, or anyone who employs software experts in German academia.

There are ca. 80 questions in this survey. It takes about 20 minutes to complete. Please note that this survey is not compulsory and even if you decide to participate you can withdraw at any moment.

The study is conducted by the University of Southampton on behalf of the Software Sustainability Institute and complies with University of Southampton ethics guidelines (reference no.: ERGO/FPSE/30440). The investigators are Simon Hettrick and Olivier Philippe. The survey is hosted on Limesurvey servers in Germany and respects the provisions of the Data Protection Act. These records are anonymised and access is strictly protected and granted to the main researchers only. The results of the survey will be released publicly but only after they have been processed to ensure that individual respondents can not be identified.

The survey results will be published under a CC BY-NC license, and will be announced via this and the de-RSE blogs [3].

If you have any questions, please contact Martin Hammitzsch or Stephan Janosch.

We look forward to your participation in the survey!

[1]: See RSE State of the Nation Report 2017, page 21.

[2]: See UK-RSE Survey 2017: Invitation to participate.

[3]: See the de-RSE blog.

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