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Computer Sciences | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Software Engineering


Software plays a central role in scientific discovery. Improving how we develop and use software for research can have both broad and deep impacts on a spectrum of challenges and opportunities society faces today. The emergence of the research software engineer (RSE) role correlates with the growing complexity of scientific challenges and the diversity of software team skills. In this article, research software science (RSS), an idea related to RSE and particularly suited to research software teams, is described. RSS promotes the use of scientific methodologies to explore and establish broadly applicable knowledge. Using RSS, we can pursue sustainable, repeatable, and reproducible software improvements that positively impact research software toward improved scientific discovery.