Second URSSI Workshop in Chicago, IL (October 23-24, 2018)

Second Research Software Sustainability Institute Workshop in Chicago, IL (October 23-24, 2018)


We are excited to announce the second workshop in the URSSI conceptualization which will take place October 23 and 24 at the Illini Center in Chicago, IL. Similar to our first workshop in Berkeley, the event will be mostly participant driven. In addition to a few keynotes and lightning talks, the agenda will mostly be open discussions around topics suggested by participants prior to and during the meeting.

We’ve summarized this workshop in a blog post.

In this workshop, we want to:

  • Help attendees meet each other and understand their goals
  • Get answers for our survey and encourage further distribution of the survey
  • Talk about ethnographic studies
  • Present a set of topics that we think will be potential areas of work in a future institute
  • Identify a subset of these, plus additional topics that are potentially important to the community, to discuss further
  • Refine, merge, discard topics
  • Document the workshop’s results

We want to come out of this workshop with:

  • An informed and enthused set of attendees (including a group photo)
  • A list of candidate topics for an institute, some of which may be well-understood
  • Thoughts on institute roles - what could an institute do to address the topics?
  • Thoughts on institute organization - how could an institute be organized to do this?

We welcome participation from anyone interested in issues and challenges facing research software sustainability. Specific topics can be suggested in GitHub.

Please find below the preliminary agenda

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Time Session Speakers
8:30-9:00am Arrival
9:00-9:15 Introduction and overview of URSSI Karthik Ram and Dan Katz
9:15-9:30 URSSI: Survey, Ethnography, Outreach and Engagement Jeff Carver, Nic Weber and Sandra Gesing
9:30-10:30 Four invited talks Lorraine Hwang, Tanu Malik, Henry Neeman and Rick Johnson
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-12:00 Interactive sessions/breakouts
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Lightning Talks Juliane Schneider, Tuan Do, Matthew Krafczyk, Rinku Gupta, Holly Bik, Dan Scholler, Sudhakar Pamidighantam, Sandra Gesing
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-17:00 Interactive sessions/breakouts
17:00-20:00 Reception at Kimpton Hotel Allegro

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time Session Speakers
8:30-9:00am Arrival
9:00-9:15 Recap from first day Sandra Gesing
9:15-10:30 URSSI: Strawhorse Dan Katz
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-11:00 Lightning talks Asif Imran, Julian Pistorius, Birgitta Sipocz
11:00-12:00 Interactive sessions/breakouts
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Interactive sessions/breakouts
15:00-15:30 Adjourn and closing remarks Karthik Ram

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