SIGDIUS Seminar - online -

February 10, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (CET)

Time: February 10, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (CET)
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The Special Interest Group Data Infrastructure offers a forum to interested working groups that want to set up or further develop an RDM infrastructure at working group or institute level. We invite you to a monthly SIGDIUS seminar, to which we invite internal and external experts for presentations and discussions. SIGDIUS members will have the opportunity to exchange their experiences with concrete RDM infrastructures.

We cordially invite all interested parties to our next meeting on 10 February 2021 at 2pm. Due to the current situation, this seminar will be held as an online seminar.  For participation, please send an e-mail to with the subject line "SIGDIUS seminar 10.02."

Jean-Claude Passy (MPI for Intelligent Systems):
"How to bring industry standards to your research software development"

A common denominator of most research areas is the increasing place taken by software systems. While any research project requires computer programs of some sort, using and producing performant and reliable software is nowadays almost a necessity. This new constraint led to the development of a new role in academia, the research software engineer (RSE), which has expertise in software engineering and understanding of research. The Software Workshop, an independent central scientific facility of the MPI for Intelligent Systems, is composed of people with such profile. In this talk, I will first present the Software Workshop and describe its tasks. I will then build on previous SIGDIUS seminars that introduced important software engineering concepts and provide concrete suggestions of software, tools, and techniques, that can be used to follow those concepts to build high-standard software.

Dorothea Iglezakis (IZUS, University of Stuttgart):
"ReSUS - Platform for Reusable Sofware at the University of Stuttgart"

In the DFG project ReSUS, the IAAS and the UB (FoKUS) aim to develop a platform, that helps the researchers of the University of Stuttgart (and beyond) to publish their self developed research software in a way, that it is easily reusable by other researchers. The platform will build on and combine existing components: the Winery to model the software and its dependencies, DaRUS to search and describe, and the TOSCA-Engine OpenTOSCA for the automatic provision of the software. A new license component basing on a license ontology will support researchers in choosing a non conflicting license for their software. With the help of this platform, researchers shall be enabled to model and pack their self developed research software with all necessary dependencies, links to data and publications. The packages will then be described with extensive metadata and published under an appropriate license and with a citable identifier. The platform builds on open standards (like TOSCA, Research Objects) and integrates a license component in form of a REST API. The packaged software in form of a research object is then available to potential subsequent users and can be automatically provisioned in various environments. ReSUS has just started in 2020. In this talk, we want to present and discuss the objectives and first results of the project and gain interesting use cases.

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