Inspired by the success of the UK Research Software Engineer (RSE) Association, there are active plans to start an Australian Chapter of the RSE Association.
Together with international bodies and support from national organisations including ANDS, Nectar and RDS, the aim is to campaign for the recognition and adoption of the RSE role within academia, alongside the need for appropriate reward and career opportunities for RSEs. This will include regular events to allow RSEs to meet, exchange knowledge and collaborate.
The term RSE, originally coined by the UK RSE Association, says the following about RSEs:
"A growing number of people in academia combine expertise in programming with an intricate understanding of research. Although this combination of skills is extremely valuable, these people 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, so we created the term Research Software Engineer. We are now working to raise awareness of the role and bring the community together."
An initial Expression of Interest survey among Australian and New Zealand researchers found that a majority of the respondents considered increased recognition of the RSE role and collaborative events amongst RSEs as the highest priorities.
Round table meeting 19 Oct (Brisbane): Forming an Australian Chapter of Research Software Engineers Association
A round table discussion has been organised to discuss the formation of an Australian Chapter of Research Software Engineers Association. This will take place at the eResearch Australasia 2017 conference in Brisbane, during the Thursday lunch break (12:50-2pm, Room P7 of the conference centre).
- Manodeep Sinha (Swinburne)
- Steven Manos (Melbourne)
- Michelle Barker (Nectar)
Please join us at this event to:
- discuss how this community can work for you
- see how you can be involved
- add your input (especially if you consider yourself a research software engineer).
Together, we can build a sustainable community that benefits research software engineers (RSE), and ultimately contributes to more efficient and reproducible research.
If you are not attending the eResearch Australasia conference, you can support this community by expressing your interest through the Expression of Interest for an Australia and New Zealand chapter of the Research Software Engineers (RSEs) survey or by contacting Manodeep Sinha.