The National Science Foundation has recently funded a project to conceptualize a Geospatial Software Institute (GSI) as a long-term hub of excellence in software infrastructure that can serve diverse research and education communities. To achieve the goal and associated aims, the project will design a community organization called the Geospatial Innovation Consortium for High-Performance Software and Discovery to mobilize and serve pertinent communities and stakeholders in a sustainable way. In connection with this initiative, broad community input is being sought to help design the GSI for:
- Transforming geospatial software contributed by communities into open software for geospatial big data;
- Establishing best practices for computational reproducibility in computation- and/or data-intensive scientific research and education that are dependent on geospatial software; and
- Advancing high-performance geospatial software while making synergistic contributions to the National Strategic Computing Initiative.
The project team, based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is seeking community input via an online survey. The survey aims to gain in-depth understanding of geospatial software challenges and opportunities with regard to requirements for the GSI from various science communities, and should take about 15 minutes. The team is requesting responses to the survey by January 25, 2018.