Towards a project community approach to academic scientific software development

Scott Loynton, David Sloan, Jean-Marie Burel, Catriona MacAulay

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    Abstract

    Academic scientific software development projects aim to provide valuable research tools to aid the scientific community in the process of discovery. The need for those tools to meet wider expectations of usability and good user experience design is critical to success; however the nature of academic e-science software development projects means they are often constrained by too narrow an understanding of the potential user base, and a focus on development at the expense of broad user research. We introduce the concept of the Project Community as a way of addressing these limitations in capacity to support effective "user research" that informs and influences longer-term marketing and outreach strategy as well as supporting the development of usable and useful scientific software.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicatione-science 2009
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2009 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science Workshops
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Pages120-124
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9781424459452
    ISBN (Print)9781424459469
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
    Event2009 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science Workshops - Oxford, United Kingdom
    Duration: 9 Dec 200911 Dec 2009
    http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=5400052

    Conference

    Conference2009 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science Workshops
    Abbreviated titlee-science 2009
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityOxford
    Period9/12/0911/12/09
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • Computer software
    • Research
    • Software design
    • e-science

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    Loynton, S., Sloan, D., Burel, J-M., & MacAulay, C. (2009). Towards a project community approach to academic scientific software development. In e-science 2009: proceedings of the 2009 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science Workshops (pp. 120-124). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/ESCIW.2009.5407962