Science Needs a Software Upgrade

When it comes to code, many scientists lack rigor. That carelessness could have disastrous effects on our ability to achieve reliable breakthroughs in a range of fields.

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Man sitting in front of laptop with headphones on
Software in science can be frustratingly messy. Photo by Wes Hicks on Unsplash

Industry versus academia

Woman sitting at table, working at laptop
Woman sitting at table, working at laptop
The scientific world needs to invest in proper software, instead of building buggy software over and over again. Photo by Surface on Unsplash

The academic publication economy

The shaky status quo of software in academia

Solutions for practicing scientists

One man standing, other man sitting at desktop computer
One man standing, other man sitting at desktop computer
Scientific code needs to be reviewed like the research that it’s used for. Photo by Blackcreek Corporate on Unsplash

Solutions for scientific institutions

Signs of hope

Sepia-tinted picture of man working on old-fashioned computers
Sepia-tinted picture of man working on old-fashioned computers
It’s about time that scientific software catches up with today’s standards. Photo by NOAA on Unsplash

The bottom line: Science is messy, but scientific code doesn’t have to be

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Building a startup. Also doing a PhD at Sorbonne Université and an MBA at Collège des Ingénieurs. Writing featured on TheNextWeb, HP Enterprise, and Built In.

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