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Scientific Software – the role of best practices and recommendations

Fritzsch, Bernadette and Bernstein, Erik and zu Castell, Wolfgang and Diesmann, Markus and Maas, Holger and Hammitzsch, Martin and Konrad, Uwe and Lähnemann, David and McHardy, Alice and Pampel, Heinz and Scheliga, Katharina Sara and Schreiber, Andreas and Steglich, Dirk (2017) Scientific Software – the role of best practices and recommendations. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017, 23.-28. Apr. 2017, Wien, Österreich.

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In Geosciences – like in most other communities – scientific work strongly depends on software. For big data analysis, existing (closed or open source) program packages are often mixed with newly developed codes. Different versions of software components and varying configurations can influence the result of data analysis. This often makes reproducibility of results and reuse of codes very difficult. Policies for publication and documentation of used and newly developed software, along with best practices, can help tackle this problem. Within the Helmholtz Association a Task Group “Access to and Re-use of scientific software” was implemented by the Open Science Working Group in 2016. The aim of the Task Group is to foster the discussion about scientific software in the Open Science context and to formulate recommendations for the production and publication of scientific software, ensuring open access to it. As a first step, a workshop gathered interested scientists from institutions across Germany. The workshop brought together various existing initiatives from different scientific communities to analyse current problems, share established best practices and come up with possible solutions. The subjects in the working groups covered a broad range of themes, including technical infrastructures, standards and quality assurance, citation of software and reproducibility. Initial recommendations are presented and discussed in the talk. They are the foundation for further discussions in the Helmholtz Association and the Priority Initiative “Digital Information” of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany. The talk aims to inform about the activities and to link with other initiatives on the national or international level.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/111499/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Scientific Software – the role of best practices and recommendations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Fritzsch, BernadetteAWIhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0690-7151
zu Castell, WolfgangHelmholtz Zentrum Muenchenhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2820-6564
Diesmann, MarkusForschungszentrum Jülichhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2308-5727
Hammitzsch, MartinDeutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZUNSPECIFIED
Konrad, UweHelmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorfhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8167-9411
Lähnemann, DavidHelmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschunghttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9138-4112
McHardy, AliceHelmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschunghttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2370-3430
Pampel, HeinzHelmholtz-Gemeinschafthttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3334-2771
Scheliga, Katharina SaraHelmholtz-GemeinschaftUNSPECIFIED
Schreiber, AndreasAndreas.Schreiber (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5750-5649
Steglich, DirkHelmholtz-Zentrum GeesthachtUNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2017
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Series Name:Geophysical Research Abstracts
Keywords:quality assurance, reproducibility
Event Title:European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017
Event Location:Wien, Österreich
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:23.-28. Apr. 2017
Organizer:European Geosciences Union (EGU)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben SISTEC
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institut of Simulation and Software Technology
Institut of Simulation and Software Technology > Distributed Systems and Component Software
Deposited By: Schreiber, Andreas
Deposited On:13 Sep 2017 14:44
Last Modified:13 Sep 2017 14:44

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