Water science software institute: Agile and open source scientific software development

Stan Ahalt, Larry Band, Laura Christopherson, Ray Idaszak, Chris Lenhardt, Barbara Minsker, Margaret Palmer, Mary Shelley, Michael Tiemann, Ann Zimmerman

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An Open Community Engagement Process (OCEP) applies open source mechanics and software engineering to water science research. To operationalize OCEP, the authors conceptualize a Water Science Software Institute whose mission is to support and accelerate water science by transforming both the software and research cultures of the water science community. This article describes the OCEP open source community amplification principle as well as the authors' experiences, lessons learned, and challenges with operationalizing OCEP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6728937
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalComputing in Science and Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Agile
  • hackathon
  • open community engagement process
  • open source
  • scientific computing
  • scientific software development
  • water science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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