WoSSS Goals

Goal 1: To bring together a broad range of research communities with a focus on the long term software sustainability of existing, new and future code.

Objectives

To effectively engage with the following communities:

  • Research Software Engineering
  • Researchers who use, write or advocate for research software
  • Data Stewards
  • The cultural heritage sector (e.g. national libraries, archives and broadcasters)
  • HPC service providers
  • Those who represent large codes used in science
  • Research funding agencies
  • Policy makers with influence on research software
  • Publishers

Goal 2: To Share best practices and case studies to cultivate cross-pollination of ideas and approaches in the research community.

Objectives

To:

  • enable best practices presented at the workshop to be shared
  • enable Case studies presented at the workshop to be shareable
  • collected evidence to show that the cross pollination of ideas is happening
    • e.g. via a Longer term survey e.g. 6 months after workshop iterations
  • tracking how the workshops reports are being used/cited

Goal 3: To Identify current hurdles and problems the research community is facing to make their software sustainable

Objectives

To:

  • Tackle problems as a community
  • Identify joint strategies to tackle problems identified
  • Identify gaps where funding and/or activity is needed

Objectives

To influence and inform:

  • the formulation of funding calls to allow the exploration of problems and the implementation of best practices identified
  • organisational policies to implement/mandate best practices identified

Goal 5: To share terminology and definitions in the software sustainability space.

Objectives

To share definitions and conceptualisations of software related matter. This is to guide the applicability of ideas from one area to another. This includes (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Research software
  • Software preservation and conservation
  • Cultural heritage

Goal 6: To become a sustainable activity

This is an internal objective of WoSSS, whereas goals 1-5 are outward facing objectives.

Objectives

To:

  • ensure efforts and results are balanced.
  • develop a website for the WoSSS efforts and associated workshops
  • develop a way to onboard/offboard the delivery team and the oversight team at WoSSS
  • to have relevant governance documents and processes in place
  • e.g. A code of conduct