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Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences

Alex Granovsky

Dear Firefly users,

I was asked to post the CFP below on the Firefly's web server.

Kind regards,
Alex Granovsky

            First Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science:
                    Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE)
                       (in conjunction with SC13)
                  Sunday, November 17, 2013, Denver, CO

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.
This workshop will provide a forum for discussion of the challenges, including
both positions and experiences. The short papers and discussion will be archived
as a basis for continued discussion, and we intend the workshop to feed into the
collaborative writing of one or more journal publications.

In practice, scientific software activities are part of an ecosystem where key
roles are held by developers, users, and funders.  All three groups supply
resources to the ecosystem, as well as requirements that bound it.  Roughly
following the example of NSF's Vision and Strategy for Software
(, the ecosystem
may be viewed as having challenges related to:

 * the development process that leads to new software
    - how fundamental research in computer science or science/engineering
      domains is turned  into reusable software
    - software created as a by-product of research
    - impact of computer science research on the development of scientific
 * the support and maintenance of existing software, including
    - software engineering
    - governance, business, and sustainability models
    - the role of community software repositories, their operation and sustainability
 * the role of open source communities or industry
 * use of the software
    - growing communities
    - reproducibility, transparency needs that may be unique to science
 * policy issues, such as
    - measuring usage and impact
    - software credit, attribution, incentive, and reward
    - career paths for developers and institutional roles
    - issues related to multiple organizations and multiple countries,
      such as intellectual property, licensing, etc.
    - mechanisms and venues for publishing software, and the role of publishers
 * education and training
This workshop is interested in all of the above topics.  We invite short
(4-page) position/experience reports that will be used to organize panel and
discussion sessions.  These papers will be archived by a third-party service,
and provided DOIs. We encourage submitters to license their papers under a
Creative Commons license that encourages sharing and remixing, as we will
combine ideas (with attribution) into the outcomes of the workshop.  An
interactive site will be created to link these papers and the workshop
discussion, with options for later comments and contributions.  Contributions
will be peer-reviewed for relevance and originality before the links are
added to the workshop site; contributions will also be used to determine
discussion topics and panelists. We will also plan one or more papers to
be collaboratively developed by the contributors, based on the panels and


6 September 2013 (any time of day, no extensions)


Submissions of up to four pages should be formatted to be easily readable
and submitted to an open access repository that provides unique identifiers
that can be cited, for example,, etc.
The submitter should then email the URL and identifier (or any questions) to


 * Daniel S. Katz,, National Science Foundation, USA
 * Gabrielle Allen,, Skolkovo Institute of Science and
   Technology, Russian Federation
 * Neil Chue Hong,, Software Sustainability
   Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK
 * Manish Parashar,, Rutgers University, USA
 * David Proctor,, National Science Foundation, USA

Program Committee: 
 * David Abramson, University of Queensland, Australia
 * Aron Ahmadia, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia
 * Samuel Arbesman, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, USA
 * Lorena A. Barba, Boston University, USA
 * Phil Bourne, University of California, San Diego, USA
 * Karen Cranston, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, USA
 * Ewa Deelman, University of Southern California, USA
 * David De Roure, University of Oxford, UK
 * Alberto Di Meglio, CERN, Switzerland
 * Anshu Dubey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
 * Victor Eruhimov, Itseez, Russian Federation
 * David Gavaghan, University of Oxford, UK
 * Paul Ginsparg, Cornell University, USA
 * Alexander A. Granovsky, Firefly project, Russian Federation
 * Josh Greenberg, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, USA
 * Sol Greenspan, National Science Foundation, USA
 * James Herbsleb, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
 * James Hetherington, University College London, UK
 * James Howison, University of Texas at Austin, USA
 * Frank Löffler, Louisiana State University, USA
 * Greg Madey, University of Notre Dame, USA
 * Chris A. Mattmann, NASA JPL & University of Southern California, USA
 * Lois Curfman McInnes, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
 * Chris Mentzel, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, USA
 * Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge, UK
 * Cameron Neylon, PLOS, UK
 * Mark Plumbley, Queen Mary University of London, UK
 * Andreas Prlic, University of California, San Diego, USA
 * Morris Riedel, Juelich Supercomputing Centre, Germany
 * Jennifer M. Schopf, IEEE Computer Society, USA
 * Edgar Spalding, University of Wisconsin, USA
 * Victoria Stodden, Columbia University, USA
 * Matthew Turk, Columbia University, USA
 * Greg Watson, IBM, USA
 * Scott Wilson, OSS Watch, UK
 * Theresa Windus, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory, USA

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