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

Anzt, Hartwig ORCID iD icon; Bach, Felix; Druskat, Stephan; Löffler, Frank; Loewe, Axel ORCID iD icon; Renard, Bernhard Y.; Seemann, Gunnar; Struck, Alexander; Achhammer, Elke; Aggarwal, Piush; Appel, Franziska; Bader, Michael; Brusch, Lutz; Busse, Christian; Chourdakis, Gerasimos; Dabrowski, Piotr Wojciech; Ebert, Peter; Flemisch, Bernd; Friedl, Sven; ... mehr


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. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000134666
Veröffentlicht am 04.07.2021
DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.23224.2
Zitationen: 10
Zitationen: 29
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Scientific Computing Center (SCC)
Universität Karlsruhe (TH) – Zentrale Einrichtungen (Zentrale Einrichtungen)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2046-1402
KITopen-ID: 1000134666
HGF-Programm 46.21.02 (POF IV, LK 01) Cross-Domain ATMLs and Research Groups
Erschienen in F1000Research
Verlag F1000Research
Band 9
Seiten 295
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 26.01.2021
Schlagwörter Sustainable Software Development, Academic Software, Software Infrastructure, Software Training, Software Licensing, Research Software
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