Most modern-day research involves the use of software, and research software itself is increasingly recognised as a key output of research by the research community. Software requires maintenance to remain useful, and that calls for a long-term, sustained investment.
Demonising researchers who publish their code discourages openness, say Neil Chue Hong and Simon Hettrick.
By Rachael Ainsworth, Neil Chue Hong and Shoaib Sufi
The Software Sustainability Institute is hiring!
The Institute is looking for a Communications Officer and a Project Manager to help it deliver its tagline of “better software, better research”.
With All Hallows Eve upon us once more, as the souls of the dead come to haunt us, it’s time to recount terrifying tales and scary stories… about software. You might think that research software is safe from such gruesome goings-on but you would be wrong, for there are many undead projects out to devour us.
By Neil Chue Hong, founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Software Sustainability Institute
Why do open source research software projects appear to have a low rate of success? Is it because we lack appropriate models for sustaining research software development or is it because the community isn’t seeing the results?