Workshop 9th October 2012 9 a.m. Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
First Workshop on Maintainable Software Practices in e-Science | Software Sustainability Institute
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First Workshop on Maintainable Software Practices in e-Science (SoftwarePractice12) 9 October 2012 Co-located with 8th IEEE International Conference on eScience, Chicago, USA October 8-12, 2012
The 1st Workshop on Maintainable Software Practices in e-Science, co-located with the 8th IEEE International Conference on eScience, provides a dedicated forum for the research community to discuss new research, experiences and best practice in developing and maintaining software within an e-Science context.
One of the most pressing issues for computational science is the creation of software and data that is sustainable and reusable. Today’s researchers are using more and more complex software stacks that is produced in increasingly ad hoc ways [Mer10]. Software development has become more and more common (current estimates state that 45% of scientists spend more time developing software now than they did 5 years ago [Han09]), particularly within e-Science projects which often have a mix of research and software development roles. At the same time, stakeholders are asking researchers to consider their software sustainability as part of their data management plans, with “Software as Infrastructure” being adopted as a model [EPSRC11, NSF11]. The management, curation and development of scientific software – which has often started life as a rough prototype –is a key area to support to enable high quality research.
This workshop will focus on the issues relating to the development and maintenance of software that can endure past the limited periods of defined project durations and project funding, and go beyond software engineering best practice to address aspects of cultural, organisational and policy change. By bringing together all those with an interest in ensuring the longer term development and use of software for research, including researchers, developers, research computing specialists, software engineers, infrastructure providers, facilitators, and funders, the goal of this workshop is to understand what software practices can be successfully applied and which lead to long-term improvements in the development of software for e-Science.
As part of the workshop we will also be running a panel on the topic of culture change in software management for research, featuring invited speakers from a variety of disciplines who have experienced or instigated these changes, to talk about their real life experiences of scientists of what worked and didn’t work for them.
Topics of Interest We invite the submission of work that is related to the topics below. The papers can be either short (4 pages) position/experiences abstracts, or full (8 pages) research papers featuring original, unpublished work.
Topics of interest include:
•software engineering and software product management best practice as applied to e-Science and computational science;
•community development, collaborative development, and widening adoption;
•licensing, funding, and business models for eScience and research software;
•managing governance and organisational change during the software lifecycle;
•measuring and analysing the impact of software and software processes;
•software attribution, citation, and credit;
•interaction between researchers, developers and stakeholders;
•transferable software practices from industry.
Authors are invited to submit abstracts summarising a position or set of experiences (up to 4 pages) or full research papers with unpublished, original work (not more than 8 pages). All papers should double column text using single spaced 10 point size on 8.5 x 11 inch pages, as per IEEE 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines.
Templates are available from http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html
As we would like to ensure that as many experiences are shared at the workshop, short papers may contain work that has been partially presented elsewhere, or that is still work in progress. These abstracts will not be published as papers in the proceedings.
Authors should submit a PDF file that will print on a PostScript printer to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=softwarepractice2012
It is a requirement that at least one author of each accepted paper attend the conference.
•Papers Due: July 20th, 2012
•Notification of Acceptance: August 24th, 2012
•Camera Ready Papers Due: September 5th, 2012
•Neil Chue Hong, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK
•Jennifer M. Schopf, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution & National Science Foundation, US
•G. Bruce Berriman, California Institute of Technology, USA
•Ann Borda, VeRSI, Australia
•Sky Bristol, USGS, USA
•Duncan Brown, Syracuse University, USA
•Chris Cannam, SoundSoftware, QMUL UK
•Ewa Deelman, USC Information Sciences Institute, USA
•Michel Drescher, EGI.eu
•David Gavaghan, Oxford University, UK
•Jill Gemmill, Clemson, USA
•James Howison, UT Austin, USA
•Michael McLennan, Purdue University, USA
•Cameron Neylon, PLoS
•Alexander Papaspyrou, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany
•Morris Riedel, FZJ, Germany
•Judith Segal, Open University, UK
•Yoshio Tanaka, AIST, Japan
•Doug Thain, U Notre Dame, USA
•Greg Wilson, Software Carpentry, Canada