Workshop on Sustainable Software Sustainability 2021 (WoSSS21) - #WoSSS21

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The Workshop on Sustainable Software Sustainability 2021 (WoSSS21) #WoSSS21 organised by the WoSSS partners -

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The Workshop on Sustainable Software Sustainability 2021 (WoSSS21) will be held online from Wednesday 6th October to Friday 8th October 2021. It is the 4th workshop in a series that started in Berlin in 2015. In 2017 and 2019 the event took place in The Hague. Reports on the previous workshops are available here:

The overall aim of the series is to bring together participants from a broad range of communities that are interested in how to deal with software sustainability, primarily from the perspective of scholarly and scientific research. WoSSS provides a meeting place to identify and discuss the hurdles and challenges we are facing. After Open Access to publications and FAIR data, software as a research output worthy and in need of preserving and sharing is only recently receiving more attention from policy makers and research funding organisations. With the new Horizon Europe programme just starting, during WoSSS21 we will discuss how we can best organise and support the community and emerging infrastructure for software sustainability. This year we will pay special attention to software as heritage and compare the challenges of sustaining software in the domains of cultural heritage and research.

WoSSS21 is not only oriented to research software developers, researchers who code, and specialists in digital preservation and research infrastructure, but also to policy makers in open science, research funders, and others who want to learn about the issues at stake and who have something to contribute. This year we especially welcome participants involved in digital heritage.


There will be four sessions taking place of PM, AM, PM, AM slots , divided over three days to maintain focus and momentum while being structured to allow adequate breaks and participation from compatible time zones. Every session will address a specific topic and will be introduced by a series of presentation. The four topics are:

Session 1: Sustaining software in cultural heritage (October 6, 14:30 BST)

Session 2: Open Science & applying the FAIR principles to software (October 7, 08:00 BST)

Session 3: Human factors and new development in preserving and sustaining research software (October 7, 14:30 BST)

Session 4: Sustaining the community and promoting (human) infrastructures for software sustainability (October 8, 08:00 BST)


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A note on registration

At registration time we ask for information about gender, country of residence, nationality and ethnicity - this is to better understand the diversity of people who attend the WoSSS workshops (we aim to be improving the diversity of those who participate in the WoSSS workshop series over time); all questions are optional and information will be used for the publication of single facet (e.g. ethnicity) statistics only so as not to be identifying.

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For further information about the workshop see the main WoSSS21 page.

For further information about the WoSSS initiative, please see the WoSSS site.

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Organiser DANS, SSI & Netherlands eScience Center

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Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) - is an organisation that encourages researchers to make their digital research data and related outputs Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.

The Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) - is a UK national facility for cultivating and improving research software to support world-class research.

The Netherlands eScience Centre - is the Dutch national center of excellence for the development and application of research software to advance academic research.

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