From the grand problems that push the boundaries of human knowledge, to day-to-day research tasks, software has made an invaluable contribution to advancing research.
We believe that the full benefits of software in research will only be realised when software is accepted as a valid research output.
We call for all researchers to have access to basic software training to help them harness the power of software for their research.
We say that there must be reward and recognition for Research Software Engineers: the people who contribute to research by developing software.
Finally, we argue that good software practices create better software, and that better software improves the reproducibility and reusability of research.
The Software Sustainability Institute represents the needs of software users and developers in the research community. We lobby for the recognition of the role of software in research, better software education for the research community, recognition of the role of people who develop research software and better engineering of software to provide confidence in the results that software generates.
Recognition of software as a research output
Many researchers invest a considerable amount of time into the development of software for their research, but this time is not rewarded in the same way as time that is invested into writing papers. The metrics used for determining the quality of research must be updated to reflect the role of software in research, and to reward the time invested… Continue Reading