Second URSSI Workshop

US Research Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI)


October 23, 2018 to October 24, 2018
9:00am to 5:00pm
Chicago, IL


This will the the second workshop in the URSSI conceptualization. Similar to our first workshop in Berkeley, the event will be primarily participant driven. In addition to a few keynotes and lightning talks, the agenda will feature open discussions around topics suggested by participants prior to and during the meeting. The primary goals of this gathering will be the following:

  • Help attendees meet each other and understand their goals
  • Get answers for our survey and encourage further distribution of the survey
  • Talk about ethnographic studies
  • Present a set of topics that we think will be potential areas of work in a future institute
  • Identify a subset of these, plus additional topics that are potentially important to the community, to discuss further
  • Refine, merge, discard topics
  • Document the workshop’s results

Participants will leave this workshop with:

  • An informed and enthused set of attendees (including a group photo)
  • A list of candidate topics for an institute, some of which may be well-understood
  • Thoughts on institute roles - what could an institute do to address the topics?
  • Thoughts on institute organization - how could an institute be organized to do this?

URSSE welcomes participation from anyone interested in issues and challenges facing research software sustainability. Approximately 90 applicants will be chosen to participate, a size that will allow for dynamic discussions in small breakout groups. If you are keen to participate or have suggestions for us, please fill out the application form as soon as possible. There will be limited travel support for the meeting - contact URSSI before September 30th if you require support. All applicants will be notified about their registration status by October 2nd.

Anyone interested in research software sustainability who would like to see specific topics covered in a community-driven discussion can suggest them in the URSSI discussion forum.

BIDS Research Scientist Karthik Ram is the Principal Investigator for URSSI.


Karthik Ram

Senior Research Data Scientist

Karthik Ram’s interests are focused on reproducible research, especially as it applies to global change.  Much of his recent work focuses on building tools and services around open data and growing diverse data science communities.  He contributes regularly to various projects including Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry, and occasional blogs at Inundata.  He leads rOpenSci, a non-profit initiative founded in 2011 (with Scott Chamberlain and Carl Boettiger) to make scientific data retrieval reproducible through an ecosystem of open source tools, annual unconferences, and community developed software.  Dr. Ram graduated with a PhD in Ecology and Evolution from UC Davis and has since held postdoc positions at UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley.