Introduction to Software Licensing
Dec 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The IDEAS Productivity project, in partnership with the DOE Computing Facilities of the ALCF, OLCF, and NERSC and the DOE Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has resumed the webinar series on Best Practices for HPC Software Developers, which we began in 2016.

As part of this series, we offer one-hour webinars on topics in scientific software development and high-performance computing, approximately once a month. The next webinar is titled Introduction to Software Licensing, and will be presented by David Bernholdt (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm ET.


Software licensing and related matters of intellectual property can often seem confusing or hopelessly complicated, especially when many present their opinions as dogma. This presentation takes a different approach: getting you to think about software licensing from the standpoint of what you want others to be able to do (or not do) with your software. We will start by developing a common understanding of the terminology used around software licenses. Then we’ll consider various scenarios of what you might want to accomplish with a software license, and what to look for in the license. We’ll also discuss some pragmatic issues around actually applying a license to your software. A list of resources will be provided to help with further explore these topics.

The webinar will be conducted with WebEx. You will receive a confirmation email with the connection details the day before the webinar. (Note that spam filters occasionally flag this type e-mail, preventing it from going into the Inbox and redirecting it to Spam.)