There was plenty of discussion in the RSE pre conference workshop: Recognition and Career Development for Researchers who Code that was held at eResearch Australasia on the 16th of October. There was even more at the BoF the next day. These discussions resulted in two realisations. The first one was that while our main focus is helping researchers who code get recognised, we also need to do the same for ‘generalists’, people who bring communities together and can engage with both researchers and technical staff. The second realisation was that we are still in an embryonic phase and we need to get more people involved to get a critical mass.

rse-workshop

To have a look at the simple slides we created for the BoF, click here.

What was great about both meetings was that we had a range of people from all over Australia and New Zealand all willing to help grow the community.

If you would like to help out, there are a number of things you can do: