Conceptualizing a US Research Software Sustainability Institute

Datalab Faculty

Nic Weber

Project Description

This project is conceptualizing a US Research Software Sustainability Institute that will validate and address various classes of concerns impacting all software development and maintenance projects across all of NSF. URSSI conceptualization includes workshops and a widely-distributed survey that will engage important stakeholder communities to learn about the software they produce and use, and the ways they contemplate sustaining it, following the paths blazed by other successful software institutes. The workshops, survey, and community management approach allow the conceptualization project to iteratively build on existing, extensive understanding of the challenges for sustainable software and its developers. The project also addresses how URSSI could formalize, diversify, and improve the pipeline under which students enter universities, learn about and contribute to software, then graduate to full-time positions where they make use of their software skills, to increase the diversity of those entering research software development and to retain diversity over their university careers.


Carver, J. C., Gesing, S., Katz, D. S., Ram, K., & Weber, N. (2018). Conceptualization of a US Research Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI). Computing in Science & Engineering, 20(3), 4-9.