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Advocating for Equality of Contribution: The Research Software Engineer (RSE) (Heliophysics Decadal Survey 2024)
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  • Rebecca Ringuette,
  • Nicholas Murphy,
  • Maksym Petrenko,
  • Kevin Reardon,
  • Josh Rigler,
  • Leila Mays,
  • Silvina Guidoni,
  • Darren De Zeeuw,
  • Robert Weigel,
  • Thomas Y Chen,
  • Mike Liemohn,
  • Ryan Timmons,
  • Yihua Zheng,
  • Alexa Halford,
  • Jeff Klenzing,
  • Lutz Rastaetter,
  • Sam Schonfeld,
  • Micah Weberg
Rebecca Ringuette
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, ADNET Systems Inc

Corresponding Author:rebecca.ringuette@gmail.com

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Nicholas Murphy
Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Maksym Petrenko
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Kevin Reardon
University of Colorado, National Solar Observatory
Josh Rigler
USGS, Geomagnetism Program
Leila Mays
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Silvina Guidoni
American University, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Darren De Zeeuw
Catholic University of America, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Robert Weigel
George Mason University
Thomas Y Chen
Columbia University
Mike Liemohn
University of Michigan
Ryan Timmons
Yihua Zheng
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Alexa Halford
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Jeff Klenzing
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Lutz Rastaetter
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Sam Schonfeld
Institute for Science Research, Boston College
Micah Weberg
George Mason University


Synopsis: (limit of 400 characters) Heliophysics depends on RSEs to properly engineer software. However, RSEs receive unequal treatment compared to their science counterparts, resulting in unsustainable talent loss. These restrictions include lack of credit for their contributions and insufficient training. This paper describes what a RSE is and proposes solutions, including implementing appropriate recognition standards.
14 Jan 2023Submitted to ESS Open Archive
17 Jan 2023Published in ESS Open Archive