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Open Source Initiative for Scientific Development Tools (preliminary phase)

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The Science Working Group (SWG) works to solve the problems of making science programs inter-operable and interchangeable by defining standards, common principles, and software development collaboration. It helps permeate concepts and capabilities to different research areas which allows serendipitous discoveries to be made.

The SWG, hosted by the Eclipse Foundation, is a collaborative effort involving industry, academia, and government to develop reusable open source software for scientific research. The SWG provides governance and infrastructure to enable a collaborative approach to producing technologies used for interdisciplinary analysis of scientific data. The group may package components to regularly release a trusted distribution of software.

Interoperability is another significant bottleneck in scientific research. To address this issue, the SWG will strive to collaboratively develop well defined interfaces, models, definitions, algorithms, and reusable software libraries, services, and applications.

The SWG will strive to become an essential forum for engagement with industry including adoption of SWG output and contribution to SWG initiatives.

More specifically:

  • To provide an infrastructure for interoperability between various scientific applications
  • To prevent reinventing the wheel over and over again
  • To enable an interdisciplinary research and development
  • To solve problems as a community and hence to lower the costs of development
  • To inspire students and scientists to use and utilize open source software
  • To help industrial partners to get better products


Goal of this initiative is to establish an Industry Working Group with a scientific scope. At the current stage, we're collecting projects and interested partners. The aim is to find as much interested parties as possible. A wide range of applications and needs allows us to create a common roadmap that fits the needs of all of its participants.

  • Preliminary phase of collecting projects and partners (we are here)
  • Commit to write a proposal to establish a Science IWG
  • Start of an official Eclipse Industry Working Group
  • Recruiting of new participants and industrial partners
  • Being a proud part of the Eclipse Community
  • Being curious of what's coming next

Organization and Contact

For more information, please contact:

  • Matthew Gerring "matthew (dot) gerring (at) diamond (dot) ac (dot) uk"
  • Philip Wenig "philip (dot) wenig (at) openchrom (dot) net"
  • Andrew Ross "andrew (dot) ross (at) eclipse (dot) org"

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Science IWG Mailing List

Alphabetical List of Open Source RCP Projects

  • Atomic - Linguistics
  • Bioclipse - Biology, Chemistry, Bioinformatics
  • BioExtrac Biobank, Medical Research
  • Bio7 - Ecological Modeling, Scientific Image Analysis, Statistical Analysis
  • Control System Studio - Scientific Control Systems
  • DAWN - Physics
  • Elexis - Practice Management, EMR, Healthcare
  • GDA - data acquisition software for science facilities such as neutron and x-ray sources
  • GumTree - Physics
  • KNIME - Data and Image Analysis in Chemistry and Biology
  • Maltcms - Chemistry
  • NiCE - Integrated Computational Environment for advanced modeling and simulation
  • OpenChrom - Chemistry
  • openMASP - Chemistry
  • Pacx - Linguistics, uses Vex and Subversive
  • Passerelle - open workflow solution platform. Applied for data acquisition and control in synchrotron beamlines and similar facilities. Also integrated in DAWN for data analysis workflows.
  • PTP - Eclipse Parallel Tools Platform provides an IDE for parallel application development and an RCP application for launching/monitoring applications on HPC systems
  • Remote Component Environment (RCE) - Workflow-driven integration environment; aerospace and transport research
  • StatET - Integrated development environment (IDE) and GUI for R
  • STEM - Epidemiology, Healthcare
  • TextGrid - Humanities, uses Vex, funded by German government
  • uDig - Geospatial Information System (GIS), hosted by the Eclipse Foundation's LocationTech working group which focuses on location aware technology.
  • UOMo - Units of Measurement, UCUM (HL7)

Alphabetical List of Proprietary RCP Projects

Nonbinding List of Interested Partners

Alphabetical List of Miscellaneous Other Projects

Meeting Minutes

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