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In the Aston Webb Building near to the registration/reception desk, a cloakroom is available in room G30 along with a quiet room in G31.
Tuesday, September 17 • 13:30 - 14:10
#2C1 - Policy and Culture - Software development best practices - Why aren’t we implementing them?

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Software developer guidelines have been around for a while now. Many groups and communities have created custom guidelines and teaching has increased throughout all disciplines, with dedicated projects leading the mission to encourage uptake. Nevertheless, adoption is slow.
In most cases, research projects produce prototypes or demonstrators. In the quest to create and innovate new tools and solutions, software quality is often overlooked. This causes a cemetery of research software produced through grants that never reached a state of technological stability and quality that enables reuse and reproducibility.
At the same time, awareness of existing best practices and quality criteria is rising throughout the community, with limited uptake for many practices. This discrepancy is being felt by the panellists in various positions.
The aim of the panel if to identify reasons for this and sketch possible scenarios to change this status quo. It is becoming more and more clear that only by recognising and crediting software as a dedicated research product as well as defining and enforcing requirements any change is possible. These aspects need to be implemented from the individual level up to enforcement by policy makers and funders.

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Anna Krystalli

Research Software Engineer, University of Sheffield
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Stephan Druskat

RSE, SER, PhD candidate, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
I'm a Research Software Engineer, working in linguistics, and a PhD candidate in Software Engineering at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Computer Science Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Berlin, Germany. In my work, I focus on research software sustainability... Read More →
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Carsten Thiel

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Lucy Whalley

PhD candidate, Imperial College London
I'm a PhD candidate in computational materials science, and much of my time is spent writing post-processing scripts to analyse the output of supercomputer calculations (turning numbers --> physics). Before my PhD I taught mathmatics in a variety of contexts: prisons, primary schools... Read More →

Tuesday September 17, 2019 13:30 - 14:10
5. Nuffield Building, Room G17 Nuffield Building