Last year at and around PDW, a bunch of people were talking about doing software discovery for software projects – especially Python-related – in planetary science. We were hoping to get information that might guide development efforts and help make believable claims about software needs. The project as a whole didn’t end up going as far as we’d liked, but we did conduct a survey. I wrote a summary and analysis report in October that I’ve just been sitting on, and I figured I might as well release it in case it’s of any use to anyone. It, along with the raw text of the survey, are on github here: https://github.com/MillionConcepts/software-survey-2019. I’m also going to briefly discuss some of these results at the OP lunch next week.
Because the project wasn’t finalized, we didn’t collect formal authorship information, but I believe the major contributors to survey design were Michael Aye, Angeline Burrell, Trent Hare, Jason Laura, Andrew Annex, MaryJon Barrineau, Chase Million, and me. I should note that Andrew conducted a software usage survey a few years prior that was part of the motivating impulse for this project. I should also note that the report is mine and does not necessarily represent the opinions of any of those contributors or their affiliate organizations. Let me know if I’m missing any names.