Software Source Code Identification WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Andrew Treloar
WGs Producing deliverables (~6-12 months after RDA endorsement)

Software, and in particular source code, plays an important role in science: it is used in all research fields to produce, transform and analyse research data, and is sometimes itself an object of research and/or an output of research.

Unlike research data and scientific articles, though, software source code has only very recently been recognised as important subject matter in a few initiatives related to scholarly publication and archiving. These initiatives are now working on a variety of plans for handling the identification of software artifacts.

At the same time, unlike research data and scientific articles, the overwhelming majority of software source code is developed and used outside the academic world, in industry and in developer communities where software is routinely referenced, in practice, through methods that are totally different from the ones used in scholarly publications. 
The objective of this working group is to bring together a broad panel of stakeholders directly involved in software identification.

The planned output will be concrete recommendations for the academic community to ensure that the solutions that will be adopted by the academic players are compatible with each other and especially with the software development practice of tens of millions of developers worldwide.

PDF icon RDA SCID WG-CaseStatement.pdf125.58 KB

Recent Activity

06 Dec 2019

RDA Plenary 15 Announcements - Registration and Calls for Co-located Events and Posters Now Open 

RDA is excited to announce several important pieces of information related to RDA Plenary 15: Data for Real-World Impact, which will be held from 18-20 March 2020 in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, MCEC (

29 Nov 2019

Ten years reproducibility challenge: call for participation

Dear all,
I'm delighted to share an interesting initiative that calls for authors to
try to reproduce their own results, dating back 10 years or more, involving
source code they wrote.
There are so many reasons why one may fail: for a starter, one might not even
find the (right version of) the source code of the software written back then!
You can find the details of the call at

28 Nov 2019

Deadline For P15 Group Session Submissions Extended To 5 December 2019

Dear RDA members, 


RDA's 15th Plenary meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 18-20 March 2020 


The deadline to submit session proposals for Plenary 15 in Melbourne, Australia has been extended to 5 December 2019, midnight UTC.

27 Nov 2019

draft Software Source Code Identification WG session proposal for RDA P15

A number of us have now completed a draft proposal for a session submission for the 15th RDA plenary (Melbourne, March 2020), to be submitted by the Software Source Code Identification WG:
I plan to submit this in 12 hours, as it's due tomorrow, which is a US holiday.
If you have any comments, please add them to the document.

12 Nov 2019

Deadline for P15 Group Session Submissions Fast Approaching

Dear Group Members, 

The deadline for group session submissions for Plenary 15 is 28 November 2019, midnight UTC – just two weeks away.

If your group is interested in submitting a session for a working group, interest group or joint meeting session, submissions will only be accepted from your group chairs, so be sure to coordinate with them to ensure proper communication of the submission.   

If you are a chair and submitting for a joint meeting session, all chairs involved in that joint session must be notified of the submission. 

23 Oct 2019

[softwarecitation][SCID][software-source-code-ig] FORCE2019's Research Software Hackathon recap

Hello to the great research software community,
I'm sending this email via three mailing lists, hopefully it doesn't create
duplicates in your email account :-)
Last week we had 35 participants at the Research Software Hackathon working
hard on making software a first class citizen in the scholarly world with
representatives from the three working groups:
- the RDA's Software Source Code IG [SSC IG]
- the joint Force11 & RDA Software Source Code Identification WG [SCID WG]
- the Force11 Software Citation Implementation WG [SCI WG]

22 Oct 2019

Re: [scid] RE: [software-source-code-ig][scid] [scid] Re: [software...

On 9/16/19 2:02 PM, rdicosmo via Software Source Code Identification WG
> Dear Peer,
> thank you for your interest, we'll definitely share information on what
> happens at the hackaton, and I may give a live update to the BoF if I manage
> to come to Helsinki.
> All the best