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EMMC-CSA Expert Meeting “Sustainable economic framework for materials modelling software”

Date(s) - Wednesday, July 4, 2018
All Day



The EMMC-CSA is organising a ‘invitation-only’ Software Owner community meeting

on “Sustainable economic framework for materials modelling software”.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Granta Design Limited
Rustat House, 62 Clifton Road
Cambridge, CB1 7EG
United Kingdom


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Successful software for materials modelling has an expected lifetime of many decades. This long-term nature requires a sound legal and business foundation: the ownership of software must be clearly established and the license models need to be carefully thought through to ensure a sustainable development and maintenance of the software and impactful exploitation by both academic and industrial end-users. Solutions need to be considered for different forms of software including individual software components, comprehensive codes and software platforms. Various business models should be analysed ranging from those built on services around open source software to proprietary solutions.

Meeting Format

Given the potentially sensitive nature, the so-called Chatham House Rules[1] will apply.

Two sessions are planned:

  1. Business models and value creation
  2. Sustainable software development, maintenance and life cycle management

Each session will include a number of short presentations from SWOs, planned so that different types of business model etc will be covered and discussed.

Aim of the discussion is to further probe pros and cons and make recommendations about good practice for each type. The aim is not to give any value judgement but rather to provide more insights and recommendations that will help to support future sustainable software deployment, speeding up the transition from academia to industry, ensuring long term sustainability and growth of the software sector.

[1] Chatham House rules state that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Draft Agenda

09:30 – 10:00 Arrival/Coffee

10:00 – 10:20 Welcome, Introductions, Ground Rules

10:20 – 10:40 The market for materials modelling software and services: Overview (G. Goldbeck)

10:40 – 11:00 Discussion on markets and trends

11:00 – 11:50 Impulse talks on: Experiences with different business models, including

  • License/distribution type
    • Proprietary, owned by company
    • Closed source, distributed by company
    • Open Source, developed by company
    • Open Source, not developed but distributed by company
  • Software type:
    • Individual codes/components
    • User Interfaces
    • Integrated environments
    • Platforms
  • Revenue types
    • Software license sales
    • Maintenance
    • Software license subscriptions
    • Software as a Service
    • Services: Software installation/implementation/customization

Address the question of where value is created (and hence people pay)

11:50 – 12:40 Discussion on business models and value creation

12:40 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:20 Impulse talks on: Experience with sustainable development, maintenance and life cycle management of software

14:20 – 15:20 Discussion on sustainability, maintenance and product life cycle management

15:20 – 15:40 Break

15:40 – 16:20 Formulating summary and recommendations

16:20 – 16:30 Conclusions and Close of meeting

Event Funding

This event has received funding via the EMMC-CSA Project from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 723867

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