Whitepaper #148 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: infrastructure/workforce/other programmatic. Additional topics: state of the profession; research tools and infrastructure.
Most space physicists have little or no formal training in computer science or software engineering. This leads to shortcomings in software development efforts, harming the reliability of the software and the reproducibility of research. In addition, poor understanding of software licensing leads to license violations and misleading statements about software licenses.