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RSE: supporting software or supporting equality?

Richard Darst

Research Software Engineering: it's obviously about software, right? It could be, but I believe we can adopt a broader viewpoint. We have all heard countless times about the systematic factors affecting inequality in science, but how much does access to computing, or computing training, contribute to this? In this talk, I will first outline some factors contributing to inequality of computing which I have noticed after years of supporting researchers. I will relate this to the services which can be provided by RSEs, and present a vision for addressing this by developing our own skills and promoting RSE services to our institutions.