It’s a familiar problem: open-source software is widely acknowledged as crucially important in science, yet it is funded non-sustainably. Support work is often handled ad hoc by overworked graduate students and postdocs, and can lead to burnout.
This is a great article, found via Scott Nesbitt’s fantastic Monday Kickoff newsletter.
Open-source work is work. People depend upon it, yet it’s not in many institutions’ budgets. I work in a large public university system and I’m fairly certain there’s no way for us to contribute money to an unaffiliated open source project.
The article gets into all of this and it’s worth a read because a lot of people are suffering while this challenge isn’t being solved.