[WSSSPE] Second Call for Participation: 3rd Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE3)

Daniel S. Katz dsk at uchicago.edu
Mon Aug 3 04:56:21 PDT 2015

Second Call for Participation:
3rd Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE3)

September 28-29, 2015, Boulder, CO
 <http://wssspe.researchcomputing.org.uk/wssspe3/>(Co-located with 10th Gateway Community Environments (GCE15) Workshop <http://sciencegateways.org/upcoming-events/gce15/>)

Progress in scientific research is dependent on the quality and accessibility of software at all levels and it is now critical to address many new challenges related to the development, deployment, and maintenance of reusable software. In addition, it is essential that scientists, researchers, and students are able to learn and adopt a new set of software-related skills and methodologies. Established researchers are already acquiring some of these skills, and in particular a specialized class of software developers is emerging in academic environments who are an integral and embedded part of successful research teams. WSSSPE provides a forum for discussing these challenges, including presenting both positions and experiences, as well as a forum for the community to assemble and act.

The WSSSPE1 workshop (http://wssspe.researchcomputing.org.uk/wssspe1 <http://wssspe.researchcomputing.org.uk/wssspe1>) engaged the broad scientific community to identify challenges and best practices in areas relevant to sustainable scientific software.  WSSSPE2  (http://wssspe.researchcomputing.org.uk/wssspe2 <http://wssspe.researchcomputing.org.uk/wssspe2>) invited the community to propose and discuss specific mechanisms to move towards an imagined future practice of software development and usage in science and engineering.

WSSSPE3 will organize self-directed teams that will collaborate prior to and during the workshop to create vision documents, proposals, papers, and action plans that will help the scientific software community produce software that is more sustainable, including developing sustainable career paths for community members. These teams are intended to lead into working groups that will be active after the workshop, if appropriate, working collaboratively to achieve their goals, and seeking funding to do so if needed.

Potential WSSSPE3 team activities, based on the breakout groups in WSSSPE2 and additional community suggestions, are:

Development and Community
Writing a white paper/review paper about best practices in developing sustainable software
Documenting successful models for funding specialist expertise in software collaborations
Creating and curating catalogs for software tools that aid sustainability (perhaps categorized by domain, programming languages, architectures, and/or functions, e.g., for code testing, documentation)
Documenting case studies for academia/industry interaction
Determining effective strategies for refactoring/improving legacy scientific software
Determining principles for engineering design for sustainable software
Create a set of guidance giving examples of specific metrics for the success of scientific software in use, why they were chosen, what they are useful to measure, and any challenges/pitfalls; then publish this as a white paper
Writing a white paper on training for developing sustainable software, and coordinating multiple ongoing training-oriented projects
Developing curriculum for software sustainability, and ideas about where such curriculum would be presented, such as a summer training institute
Hacking the credit and citation ecosystem (making it work, or work better, for software)
Developing a taxonomy of contributorship/guidelines for including software contributions in tenure review
Documenting case studies of receiving credit for software contributions
Developing a system of awards and recognitions to encourage sustainable software
Developing a categorization of journals that publish software papers (building on existing work), and case studies of alternative publishing mechanisms that have been shown to improve software discoverability/reuse e.g., popular blogs/websites
Determining what journals that publish software paper should provide to their reviewers (e.g., guidelines, mechanisms, metadata standards, etc.)
Reproducibility and testing
Building a toolkit that could allow conference organizers to easily add a reproducibility track
Documenting best practices for code testing and code review
Develop landing pages on the WSSSPE website (or elsewhere) that enable the community to easily find up-to-date information on a WSSSPE topic (e.g., software credit, scientific software metrics, testing scientific software)
Workshop Format: 

Opening keynote TBA
Lightning talks – submissions welcome (via EasyChair, see below)
Team sessions – list of possible sessions above
Team progress report-back to plenary group
At the end of the workshop, teams will “pitch” their ideas to the audience, possibly including some funders (who would not committed to funding anything, just providing feedback), including e.g., Moore, Sloan, Digital Science, NSF, NIH.
Call for Participation / Actions:

Save the dates for WSSSPE3: 28-29 September, 2015, Boulder, CO
Submit lightning talks – submit a 1-page PDF containing the talk title, author names, affiliations, and a short abstract via Easychair, http://bit.ly/wsssep3-submit <http://bit.ly/wsssep3-submit>, by 7 August, 2015
Get started on discussing and planning for team sessions by commenting on them at https://github.com/danielskatz/WSSSPE/issues <https://github.com/danielskatz/WSSSPE/issues> (note: they are listed as GitHub issues, so you will need to signup for a GitHub account <https://github.com/join> if you don’t have one)
Join the WSSSPE mailing list to be sure to get further information on WSSSPE3 – via http://bit.ly/wssspe-list <http://bit.ly/wssspe-list>
Travel Support:

Some limited travel support is likely to be available; please check the workshop web page <http://wssspe.researchcomputing.org.uk/wssspe3/travel-support/>.

Important Dates:

Lightning talk submissions: 7 August 2015 (any time of day, no further extensions)
Workshop: 28-29 September 2015
Post-workshop report writing (participation is open to all): 30 September 2015

Daniel S. Katz, d.katz at ieee.org, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Gabrielle Allen, gdallen at illinois.edu, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Sou-Cheng (Terrya) Choi, sctchoi at uchicago.edu,  NORC at the University of Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Neil Chue Hong, N.ChueHong at software.ac.uk, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK
Sandra Gesing, sandra.gesing at nd.edu, University of Notre Dame, USA
Lorraine J. Hwang, ljhwang at ucdavis.edu, University of California, Davis, USA
Manish Parashar, parashar at rutgers.edu, Rutgers University, USA
Erin Robinson, erinrobinson at esipfed.org, Foundation for Earth Science, USA (local organizer)
Matthew Turk, matthewturk at gmail.com, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Colin C. Venters, colin.venters at googlemail.com, University of Huddersfield, UK
Daniel S. Katz
University of Chicago
(773) 834-7186 (voice)
(773) 834-6818 (fax)
d.katz at ieee.org <mailto:d.katz at ieee.org> or dsk at uchicago.edu <mailto:dsk at ci.uchicago.edu>
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