US Research Software Sustainability Institute

URSSI's mission is to improve the recognition , development, and use , of software for a more sustainable research enterprise.

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Applications now open for the 2024 URSSI Summer School in Research Software Engineering

Do you develop software for your research? Do you have some basic skills but desire more? If so, you might be interested in the upcoming URSSI Summer School in Research Software Engineering. Building off our pilot workshop in December 2019 and a recent winter school held in January 2024, we are hosting a three-day workshop on research software engineering skills over 24–26 June 2024 in Washington, DC, on the campus of George Washington University. → More

A pathway for participation in research open source

In planning for the University of Texas at Austin Open Source Program Office (UT-OSPO), funded by the Sloan Foundation in 2023, we worked to think about the impacts that we hoped to have on campus (and beyond). In this effort, we were inspired by models of increasing engagement, sometimes broadly called “maturity models.” This approach helped bring together our OSPO team from across campus around the idea of a Participation Pathway. → More

Upcoming community calls and events

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on workshops, training events, conferences and more.

Core URSSI Projects

As we get started on the institue, we have launched a series of core projects to improve the sustaniability of research software and the people who produce it.

Characterizing Research Software from NSF Awards

This EAGER project will investigate the development and maintenance of software produced in research projects funded by the National Science Foundation. The goals of this project are: 1 To understand what factors influence software sustainability by gathering data from grant-funded research projects; 2 To describe current models of sustainability planning and suggest potential new models that could increase the likelihood of achieving long-term software sustainability; and 3 To develop new …

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New School in Research Software Engineering

As part of a set of connected activities under the banner of the US Research Software Sustainability Institute, this grant funds an effort by Kyle Niemeyer, Associate Professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, to develop and run four, weeklong “beyond introductory” winter/summer schools for researchers who want to deepen their software engineering skills. Beyond directly training researchers in sustainable software development, Niemeyer will develop, hone, and release a …

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Charting the Course: Policy and Planning for Sustainable Research Software

Welcome to “Charting the Course: Policy and Planning for Sustainable Research Software,” a Sloan Foundation-funded project dedicated to supporting the future of research software through evidence-informed policy work. This section will help you stay updated with our latest news, research, and community engagement activities.

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