Software has a crucial role in the research process across many disciplines. As it continues to underpin our science and help push the boundaries of what is achievable, it becomes increasingly important that the sustainability of our software is given sufficient attention to ensure it can continue to evolve and grow to meet ever-changing research goals.
In this webinar we’ll explore the importance of research software, and the practices we can employ to develop it to help ensure its sustainability in the short, medium, and long term. We’ll also look at the different and emerging styles of Management Plans for software, and how software evaluation can identify areas for improvement and assist in the shaping of future development goals, and the potential for automation to allow evaluation to be conducted at scale.
Steve Crouch Research Software Group (RSG) Lead Software Sustainability Institute (SSI)
Steve leads the SSI’s RSG activities to help researchers improve their research software. His PhD in Computer Science, awarded by Southampton in 2001, focused on modelling development processes to support the capture of software requirements. He also teaches Large Scale Distributed Systems as part of Southampton’s BSc in Computer Science.
Steve’s work at the Institute involves assisting researchers and their communities by consulting on software that is integral to their work. This includes managing the Institute’s Open Calls, developing best practice guides and assessing software developed by researchers to drive improvement. He is also involved in teaching at Software Carpentry workshops as part of the Institute’s training activities, having instructed at and assisted in the organisation of a dozen workshops across the UK, Europe and the US, and became a Carpentry Trainer in 2016.
Before joining the Institute, he worked as a software architect at OMII-UK and was involved in the RICES project that investigated information inconsistency problems in enterprise systems. He has also been involved in development and implementation for the Open Grid Forum, where he co-chairs two working groups in the areas of interoperability and data movement. Steve was also a workpackage leader for the IGE and OMII-Europe EU-funded projects.