Conducting geoscientific research today is unthinkable without research software. However, there are different views on the importance of research software and its role in science. The proposals to improve research software touch on all aspects of academia, such as funding, credit and reward systems, job descriptions and career paths, or evaluation schemes (of papers, people, projects). A growing community of researchers and software developers gather under the umbrella of Research Software Engineering (RSEng) and argue that research software is not merely a by-product of science, but effective and sustainable development of research software needs a skillset and resources beyond current academic education or management plans. This great debate puts the questions, problems, challenges, and opportunities around research software in geosciences to the center of EGU, as it is a topic that concerns every researcher who uses computers.
Daniel S. Katz
The conveners team behind the first Great Debate on Research Software
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Reading material and resources to learn more abour research software - will be updated after the debate!