Ottawa, Canada, June 23, 2014 – The Eclipse Foundation today announced the creation of a new Science Working Group — a global collaboration between industry, academia, and governments to create open source software used in basic scientific research. Founding members of the Eclipse Science Working Group include Oak Ridge National Labs, Diamond Light Source, Lablicate UG, Uppsala University, Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, MARINTEK, Kichwa Coders, Clemson University, and Tech’Advantage.
According to Battelle, approximately $1.6 trillion dollars are spent each year on scientific research and development. As with many industries, software is becoming increasingly important to the success of applied and basic scientific research. Due to the nature of scientific research, much of the software is created with a single, specific purpose or even a single experiment. The lack of reusable software components can lead to increased errors, costs and schedules. As software for simulation and visualization becomes an ever-greater part of basic scientific research, the need for well understood, well documented components increases. The Eclipse Science Working Group aims to create a set of open source software tools, components and systems that can be used by the wider scientific research community.
The founding Steering Committee level members of the Science Working Group (SWG) include Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge Tennessee, and Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire, UK. The group will collaborate on producing technologies used for interdisciplinary analysis of scientific data. The SWG plans to collaborate on open source software projects that will:
The first SWG open source projects are based on code contributions from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Diamond Light Source:
The Eclipse Science Working Group is open to any company, government agency, university and research institution that participates in basic scientific research. Details about the joining the working group are available at science.eclipse.org
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