Agenda (updated 2/24)

Day 1 - Monday February 24 (F. Scott Fitzgerald A-B Meeting Room - 2nd Floor):

8:009:00  Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30  Introduction and welcome

Welcome and introduction.  Beth Plale, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University

Remarks on SI2, Dan Katz, National Science Foundation

9:30 – 10:45 Attribution, Citation, and Reproducibility : Doug Thain Session Chair

Invited Speaker

Neil Chue Hong, Director Software Sustainability Institute, UK.  "Software Papers;  improving the reusability and sustainability of scientific software"

Breakout discussions on topic of attribution, citation, and reproducibility

Report back

 10:45 – 11:00 break

 11:00 – 12:15   Software Sustainability : Doug Thain Session Chair

Invited Speaker  

Craig A. Stewart, Executive Director, Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute.  "Initial Findings from a Study of Best Practices and Models for Cyberinfrastructure Software Sustainability", NSF EAGER 1147606 Update on EAGER: Best Practices and Models for Sustainability for Robust Cyberinfrastructure Software

Breakout discussions on topic of software sustainability

Report back

 12:15 – 1:30 Lunch

 1:30 – 2:45  The Community of SI2 : looking at SI2 as a community : Matthew Jones Session Chair


Arfon Smith, Chief Scientist, GitHub Inc. "Building Successful GitHub Communities" With more than 5 million users and over 10 million repositories GitHub offers enormous potential to those individuals looking to create an open source community and yet some projects are much more successful that others at generating sustained community interest. In this talk I'll highlight some popular (and not so popular) open source GitHub projects and offer some recommendations to those wishing to share software online.

Inna Kouper, Data To Insight Center, Indiana University.  "Communities of Practice: a Brief Introduction"  (slides)

Breakout Discussions on topic of SI2 as a community

   Report back

 2:45 – 3:00  break

 3:00 – 4:15 Panel Discussion: Conceptualizing Software Institutes : Matthew Jones Moderator

The panel will discuss the role that software institutes might play in facilitating and organizing broad communities that develop and use scientific software. NSF envisions S2I2 institutes that would facilitate collaboration and common approaches among multiple different SSI and SSE awards to achieve new levels of software innovation that sustainably benefit science.  The panel will feature several different S2I2 efforts as well as representatives from SSI projects to discuss mechanisms for building effective software institutes. Each panel member will give a ignite presentation of their perspective, followed by a moderated audience discussion.


    • Stephanie Hampton, Institute for Sustainable Earth and Environmental Software (ISEES)
    • Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, Science Gateway Institute (SGI)
    • Daniel CrawfordSustainable Software for Chemistry and Materials (SICM2)
    • Stanley Ahalt, Water Science Software Institute (WSSI)
    • Teresa Head-Gordon, SSI: Chemical Software
    • Shaowen Wang, SSI: CyberGIS
    • Anthony Aufdenkampe, SSI: Critical Zone Observatory
 5:30 – 7:30  Poster Session (Ernest Hemingway Salon)

Poster session organized over 2 phases.   Light appetizers. Cash bar. 

Day 2  - Tuesday February 25, 2014 (F. Scott Fitzgerald A-B Meeting Room - 2nd Floor)

8:00 - 9:00 breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 Career Paths   Short overview of objectives of recently funded Sloan/Moore project (20 min) : Beth Plale Session Chair

        Joshua Greenburg, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Slide 14 from this talk was presented during meeting
            Chris Mentzel, Program Officer, Data-Driven Discovery Initiative, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

   Invited Speakers (35 min)

  Claudio Silva, School of Engineering and Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University

  David W. Hogg, Department of Physics, New York University; Executive Director, Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment at NYU

   Panel Discussion  (35 min)
: Beth Plale Moderator


    • Claudio Silva, NYU
    • Matthew Turk, Columbia University
    • Stan Ahalt, RENCI
    • Matthew Jones, UCSB 
Q1 -  How is your SI2 project implementing career paths?
Q2 -  In the meeting we have tossed about the problem of the software researcher’s career path.  What is the ideal skill set of this person? That is, what are appropriate competencies?  
Q3 -  It is suggested that creating new titles (beyond "programmer") could boost respect for the position and person. What should this title be?
Q4 -  How can SI2 leverage the work being carried out at the Sloan/Moore Data Science universities (and vice versa) to advance its career path objectives?

10:30 – 10:50 break

10:50 - 11:15 Von Welch, "Service model of the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure"

 11:15 – 12:00 Synthesis/Consensus

 The workshop organizers will write a workshop summary which will summarize the "sense of the community" on the issues discussed and be made available to NSF personnel and the community at large.

We focused on the following topics:
- Community building.
- Citation, attribution, reproducibility.
- Software institute conceptualization and security center
- Career paths
- Sustainability

Questions for session

Q1 - Are there other pressing issues in the SI2 community that we did not discuss?
Q2 - What can NSF do to help the SI2 community address these challenges?
Q3 - What can the SI2 community do for itself to address these challenges?
Q4 - What should be addressed at next year's PI meeting?

What can community do for itself:  
    inter-project collaboration; few new collaborations established at meeting

Next year:  appreciate meeting not being series of talks; add 1 min-1 slide talks so know what each other does; poster session not quite enough.  Seeks more material: from project on technical side:  30% of audience; from management side 20% of audience  Organizers will upload copies of posters to   Could include as topic "How to get started;  tutorial for new SSE projects"; at PI meeting.

In upcoming call, NSF should be explicit on what is not within scope. 

Community of practice: 
    we have best practice nuggets (some emerge in CASC) - need broader forum to discuss (e.g., governance models, economics, hiring.)   WSSSPE workshop tried to discuss some of these items.  WSSSPE next year (likely SC) will have session

    how to bring personnel up to speed? biology student can go to software carpentry workshop and learn something.  Where does CS student go go come up to speed on biology?  Successful example of turning mathematics person into boundary scientist.  Pairing CS student with science discipline student brings knowledge transfer/learning on both sides.

Sustainability:  large fraction of work is service oriented.  e.g., refactor code, user comments.  who does that and how recognized?   No sustainability without having this. 

What community? :  software creation, development and maintenance as critical to advancing science.  Software developed is that which is in service of science that NSF cares about. 

 12:00 Conclude and depart
  • Grab and go boxed lunch
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