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2024 International Research Software Funders Workshop

Towards a monitoring framework to benchmark the ADORE.software recommendations and improve the sustainability of research software

Save the dates: September 11-13, 2024, in Uppsala, Sweden 

The SciLifeLab Data Centre and the Research Software Alliance (ReSA) are hosting an international workshop in Uppsala September 11-13, 2024. We are discussing pre-workshop and collocated events during the same week and recommend blocking the week. 

The workshop will focus on operationalizing the  Amsterdam Declaration on Funding Research Software Sustainability (ADORE.software) by developing a monitoring framework to benchmark how funders are currently supporting the sustainability of research software using the recommendations as a starting point. Additionally, the workshop will examine how such a  monitoring framework can be leveraged by funders and the community to prioritize critical areas for improvement. 

As the importance of research software – and the people who develop and maintain it – has become increasingly apparent, so has the need to sustain it. Funders can play a crucial role by ensuring structural support. During the workshop, participants will work together to explore how they can support the advancement of research software, and how they can measure this support. 

The workshop will build on the first (2022) and second (2023) international funders workshops, and Research Software Funders Forum, involving 60+ funding organisations from across the globe. The 2022 workshop initiated the drafting of the Amsterdam Declaration on Funding Research Software Sustainability (ADORE.software), which was released for signing at the 2023 workshop. 

Workshop Outline and Agenda

The workshop, focusing on monitoring and evaluating (M&E) of research software impact will be divided into three parts. 

  • Day 1 will focus on existing data and research on the impact of research software to help establish what is already known from previous monitoring, evaluation and research (e.g., see CZI’s post for some initial related thoughts). What should be our goals with M&E focusing on research software impact? What is ‘research software impact’? What do we already know about effective ways of measuring and surfacing research software impact? Why are these outcomes being measured and how? This part of the workshop focuses on sharing key lessons and insights from existing evidence and how they are used by funders, which will serve as a foundation for the discussions in Day 2. 
  • Day 2 will be a hands-on workshop to discuss the priority monitoring and evaluation questions for research software funding to be addressed in the future. What insights will help to elevate research software’s impact? What gaps in evidence about research software impact need to be addressed, and what data is needed to address them? This part of the workshop will clarify potential shared priorities for outcomes to be measured across different research software funders.  Based on these discussions, 
  • Day 3 will focus on planting the seeds for monitoring and evaluation frameworks addressing shared needs and interests of research software funders. The workshop will be facilitated by monitoring and evaluation expert, Eric Jensen.

For further details, please refer to the draft agenda.

Digital Follow-up Article and Workshops

Blog article

The results coming out of the workshop will be publicised via a blog article. An initial draft will be prepared focusing on describing the workshop and its key outcomes. Those who volunteer to join as co-authors will be invited to contribute to the draft with suggested text/edits and comments. 

Follow-up Zoom Sessions 

Eric Jensen will facilitate three follow-up Zoom sessions (90 minutes per session) to dig deeper into measurement approaches for the top (most widely agreed) priority research software impacts that were identified in Day 2 and carried through into Day 3. These sessions may include methodological and technical considerations, as well as addressing the topic of responsible and inclusive metrics. These sessions will each be offered twice to accommodate different time zones.

  • Follow-up Session A focuses on steps required to refine impact planning and theory of change for research software funding programs and initiatives (building on Day 2 discussions).
  • Follow-up Session B will focus on shared indicators for the priority outcomes identified in the workshop, starting with the indicators discussed in Day 3 and working to further clarify useful indicators to provide a set of options for research software funders to use to address these priority research software impacts.  

Follow-up Session C will focus on implementing shared indicators. The task of implementing indicators may be undertaken at a variety of levels, including work by research funders, research infrastructure providers, research-performing organisations or individual researchers. Therefore, this session is expected to draw in a wider range of relevant groups, including staff at research institutions and individual researchers with an interest in this topic.

Organisers and Steering Committee 

This event is being jointly organised by The SciLifeLab Data Centre and the Research Software Alliance (ReSA).

ReSA advances the research software ecosystem by collaborating with decision makers and key influencers. ReSA’s vision is that research software and those who develop and maintain it are recognised and valued as fundamental and vital to research worldwide. 

SciLifeLab is a national infrastructure of unique technologies and expertise available to life scientists, closely intertwined with our community of researchers in areas such as biomedicine, ecology and evolution. We bring scientists together across traditional boundaries and foster collaborations with industry, health care, public research organisations and international partners.

The vision of SciLifeLab Data Centre is to position Sweden at the global forefront of data-driven life sciences research.  Their mission is to facilitate world class research and enhance research quality by offering a suite of impactful services. They contribute to open science and removing barriers to reuse of research outputs, and  participate at the highest international level in technology development and shaping best practices and standards for data-driven life sciences research. Supporting research software is critical to advancing data-driven life sciences research and by supporting ADORE and ReSA, SciLifeLab looks to learn from these initiatives and how best to sustain research software. 

Steering & Programme Committee

Johan Rung, Hanna Kultima, Chris Erdmann, Anna Henriksson, Parul Tewatia, Harshita Gupta, Jonas Windhager (SciLifeLab) 

Daniel S. Katz, Eric Jensen (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign & ReSA) 

Michelle Barker, Kim Hartley (ReSA) 

Colette Bos, Maaike de Jong (Netherlands eScience Center)

Laetitia Bracco (Université de Lorraine)

Melissa Harrison (EMBL-EBI)

Maria Cruz (NWO Dutch Research Council)

Andrew Treloar (Australian Research Data Commons)

Dario Taraborelli (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative)

Josh Greenberg, Liz Vu (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)

Richard Gunn (UK Research and Innovation)

Qian Zhang (Digital Research Alliance of Canada)

Caxton Murira (Science for Africa Foundation)

Giulia Malaguarnera (OpenAire)

Accessibility

If you have any accessibility requirements or requests, please let us know by contacting res-soft-forum-uppsala@googlegroups.com.

Venue

The workshop will take place in person at Uppsala University (and some sessions will be hybrid – details forthcoming). 

Contact 

Please note this workshop is open to funders of research software, open science, and open-source research software, as well as a few guests. If you are interested in attending but have not received an invitation, please contact us at res-soft-forum-uppsala@googlegroups.com or info@researchsoft.org (if you encounter issues with the first email).

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