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Research Software Engineers: State of the Nation Report 2017

Brett, Alys; Croucher, Michael; Haines, Robert; Hettrick, Simon; Hetherington, James; Stillwell, Mark; Wyatt, Claire


Most research would be impossible without software, and this reliance is forcing a rethink of the skills needed in a traditional research group. With the emergence of software as the pre-eminent research tool used across all disciplines, comes the realisation that a significant majority of results are based, ultimately, on the skill of the experts who design and build that software. 

The UK has led the world in supporting a new role in academia: the Research Software Engineer (RSE). This report describes the new expert community that has flourished in UK research, details the successes that have been achieved, and the barriers that prevent further progress. 

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