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An environment for sustainable research software in Germany and beyond: current state, open challenges, and call for action

Anzt, Hartwig and Bach, Felix and Druskat, Stephan and Löffler, Frank and Loewe, Axel and Renard, Bernhard Y. and Seemann, Gunnar and Struck, Alexander and Achhammer, Elke and Aggarwal, Piush and Appel, Franziska and Bader, Michael and Brusch, Lutz and Busse, Christian and Chourdakis, Gerasimos and Dabrowski, Piotr Wojciech and Ebert, Peter and Flemisch, Bernd and Friedl, Sven and Fritzsch, Bernadette and Funk, Maximilian D. and Gast, Volker and Goth, Florian and Grad, Jean-Noël and Hermann, Sibylle and Hohmann, Florian and Janosch, Stephan and Kutra, Dominik and Linxweiler, Jan and Muth, Thilo and Peters-Kottig, Wolfgang and Rack, Fabian and Raters, Fabian H.C. and Rave, Stephan and Reina, Guido and Reißig, Malte and Ropinski, Timo and Schaarschmidt, Joerg and Seibold, Heidi and Thiele, Jan P. and Uekermann, Benjamin and Unger, Stefan and Weeber, Rudolf (2020) An environment for sustainable research software in Germany and beyond: current state, open challenges, and call for action. F1000Research, 9, p. 295. Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.23224.1. ISSN 2046-1402.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.23224.1

Abstract

Research software has become a central asset in academic research. It optimizes existing and enables new research methods, implements and embeds research knowledge, and constitutes an essential research product in itself. Research software must be sustainable in order to understand, replicate, reproduce, and build upon existing research or conduct new research effectively. In other words, software must be available, discoverable, usable, and adaptable to new needs, both now and in the future. Research software therefore requires an environment that supports sustainability. Hence, a change is needed in the way research software development and maintenance are currently motivated, incentivized, funded, structurally and infrastructurally supported, and legally treated. Failing to do so will threaten the quality and validity of research. In this paper, we identify challenges for research software sustainability in Germany and beyond, in terms of motivation, selection, research software engineering personnel, funding, infrastructure, and legal aspects. Besides researchers, we specifically address political and academic decision-makers to increase awareness of the importance and needs of sustainable research software practices. In particular, we recommend strategies and measures to create an environment for sustainable research software, with the ultimate goal to ensure that software-driven research is valid, reproducible and sustainable, and that software is recognized as a first class citizen in research. This paper is the outcome of two workshops run in Germany in 2019, at deRSE19 - the first International Conference of Research Software Engineers in Germany - and a dedicated DFG-supported follow-up workshop in Berlin.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/139917/
Document Type:Article
Title:An environment for sustainable research software in Germany and beyond: current state, open challenges, and call for action
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Anzt, HartwigUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bach, FelixUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Druskat, StephanStephan.Druskat (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4925-7248
Löffler, FrankUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Loewe, AxelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Renard, Bernhard Y.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Seemann, GunnarUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Struck, AlexanderUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Achhammer, ElkeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Aggarwal, PiushUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Appel, FranziskaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bader, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brusch, LutzUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Busse, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chourdakis, GerasimosUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dabrowski, Piotr WojciechUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ebert, PeterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Flemisch, BerndUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Friedl, SvenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fritzsch, BernadetteUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Funk, Maximilian D.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gast, VolkerUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Goth, FlorianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grad, Jean-NoëlUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hermann, SibylleUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hohmann, FlorianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Janosch, StephanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kutra, DominikUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Linxweiler, JanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Muth, ThiloUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Peters-Kottig, WolfgangUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rack, FabianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Raters, Fabian H.C.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rave, StephanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Reina, GuidoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Reißig, MalteUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ropinski, TimoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schaarschmidt, JoergUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Seibold, HeidiUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Thiele, Jan P.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uekermann, BenjaminUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Unger, StefanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Weeber, RudolfUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:27 April 2020
Journal or Publication Title:F1000Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:9
DOI :10.12688/f1000research.23224.1
Page Range:p. 295
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:2046-1402
Status:Accepted
Keywords:Sustainable Software Development, Academic Software, Software Infrastructure, Software Training, Software Licensing, Research Software
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben SISTEC (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute for Software Technology
Institute for Software Technology > Intelligent and Distributed Systems
Deposited By: Druskat, Stephan
Deposited On:04 Jan 2021 10:06
Last Modified:04 Jan 2021 10:06

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