The Netherlands Research Software Engineer community
The increasing use of data and digital technology in academia has gone hand in hand with a strong growth in people who write and contribute to research software. Positions like data steward, information manager, research data officer, research software engineer, research supporter and other titles are increasingly recognized as intrinsic positions in the academic system.
Following the great initiatives in the UK and Germany, we plan to bring together the community of people writing and contributing to research software from Dutch universities, knowledge institutes, companies and other organizations to share knowledge, to organize meetings, and raise awareness for the scientific recognition of research software.
We are planning to organize a meetup of Research Software Engineers in 2018. Signup to our mailing list to stay informed about any activities!
Research Software Engineers (RSEs) are the people that closely collaborate with researchers to understand the challenges they face, and then develop research software to provide the answers. Some have started as researchers who spent a lot of time developing software to do their research. Others have started as software developers who have developed a strong affinity with scientific research.
While the RSEs are extremely valuable to the scientific community, they currently lack a formal place in the academic system. This means there is no easy way to recognise their contribution, to reward them, or to represent their views.
Without a name, it is difficult for people to rally around a cause, that is why the term Research Software Engineer was created. We are now working, together with RSE associations in the UK and Germany, to raise awareness of the role, and to bring the RSE community in the Netherlands together.