I have a feature in this month’s Physics World on the role of free-and-open-source software in physics research.
Do read it and let me know what you think!
@RaoOfPhysics Nice article! A student in our group will probably be sending a paper to JoSS in the next few months.
@bstacey Thank you! And good luck with the submission. It seems to be to be unlike any other journal one night deal with.
@RaoOfPhysics excellent article, very clear and well told story.
Particularly liked this, which is a great point: 'Whitaker offers a simple solution to the problem of acknowledgement. “Cite the freaking software! If everybody recognized all of the shoulders that they were standing upon every time they were doing any part of their work, and they saw what has traditionally been invisible labour, we’d get there immediately.” '
@RaoOfPhysics Excellent article! This resonates a lot with issues I've run into doing computational atmospheric physics work. Eg. as a PhD student I've been advised before to avoid spending too much time on programming/development because my efforts there wouldn't be recognized as much as my "physics work" would be. In any case, I do appreciate the overall movement towards open-source software; it's been very helpful in my research area and I'm seeing it become common practice.
@cryospheroid Glad you liked the article. Indeed, what you mention is not uncommon, sadly.
Which is one reason that it made such an impact on me to see Prof Bouman openly acknowledge 23k+ contributors to the black-hole image in the talk I attended back in 2019.
Things, with several caveats, are looking up.
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