Development and Sustainability

The importance of software in research.
Based on data from the UK Research Software Survey 2014 
(S.J. Hettrick et al,​ DOI:10.5281/zenodo.1183562).

The importance of software in research cannot be underestimated. According to the UK Research Software Survey 2014 (S.J. Hettrick et al,​ DOI:10.5281/zenodo.1183562), 69% of researchers state that their research would no longer be practical if they could no longer use research software. 56% of the 417 polled researchers develop their own research software.

A formal training in software development is currently not part of the standard curriculum in academic education. The SSC aims to aid researchers at all levels in all aspects related to software development: We offer resources such as guidelines and project templates, and provide support (free of charge) for small development projects. Large-scale development projects, where one of the SSC's team members temporarily joins a research group and develops custom software, are supported through our Open call.