Software Source Code IG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Andrew Treloar
IG Established

Software source code plays a critical role in all fields of modern research, where source code is written and developed to address a variety of needs, like cleaning, processing and visualising data.


Software source code is a necessary component for research reproducibility and reusability. 


Thus software source code should be properly curated in the same way as other research inputs and outputs such as research data and paper publication. Software source code developers and organisations that sponsor software development should also be properly credited and attributed.


This interest group will provide a forum to discuss issues on management, sharing, discovery, archival and provenance of software source code. It will pay special attention to source code that generates research data and plays an important role in scientific publications.


Information about sessions held at RDA Plenary Meetings can be found on the Group Wiki.


Recent Activity

13 Sep 2019

Re: [software-source-code-ig][scid] [scid] Software Source Code activities this fall (Was: Re: ...

On 9/13/19 9:44 AM, andrew treloar via Software Source Code
I won't be able to attend the Hackaton too but will be in Helsinki. So,
since I'm a newcomer, I'd be glad to meet members of the WG/IG there.
Tovo J. Rabemanantsoa
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13 Sep 2019

Software Source Code activities this fall (Was: Re: [software-source-code-ig] Plenary 14)

Hi Tovo, all,
as Julia said, it was not clear that one of the group chairs would be able to
attend P14, so we did not submit a proposal for the IG meeting.
For the SCID working group, which is a joint effort with FORCE11, after the
Philadelphia kickoff at P13 this time the meeting will be at FORCE2019 in
Edimbourgh, where we organize a full day hackaton, see:

06 Sep 2019

Guidelines for archiving and referencing (research) software in Software Heritage

Dear all,
one of the core goals of Software Heritage
is to support reproducible research, and
to this end it provides two essential and unique functionalities:
- a *universal archive* of software source code, because research
software depends on a myriad software components, that need all be archived
and referenced
- a *uniform identifier schema* that abstracts away the details of
source code provenance and version control, based on *intrinsic
identifiers* that are *compatible with git commit hashes *

05 Sep 2019

[softwarecitation][SCID][software-source-code-ig] Hackathon on October 15th FORCE19

Dear all,
We are happy to announce that a full day hackathon about Research Software
has been accepted to the Force2019 [1] conference and it will be held on
Oct. 15th 2019 in Edinburgh [2] .
The main theme will be about “Making software a first-class citizen in the
scholarly world” [3] and we hope bringing together a large group of
stakeholders who are actively working to improve the status of research
software in the scholarly environment.
This is a great opportunity for FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation WG

24 Jun 2019

Plenary 14 Session Submission Deadline Is Thursday!

With Plenary 14 (P14) scheduled to occur from October 23-25, the deadline for session submission is this Thursday, 27 June at 16:00 UTC.

Submissions for meeting sessions are open to working groups, interest groups, joint groups and birds of feather (BoF) meetings.

Please note, however, submissions are accepted from group chairs only. If you submit a session request for a group, please notify the other chairs of that group.

11 Jun 2019

Attributing and Referencing Research Software: Best Practices and Outlook from Inria

Dear all,
I'm delighted to share with you the following article containing the first
results of a working group that has been studying the complex issues one has to
face when taking into account software as a first class research output:
"Attributing and Referencing Research Software:
Best Practices and Outlook from Inria"
available from
This article, currently submitted to a journal, is a contribution to the ongoing

16 May 2019

Plenary 14: Call for Sessions, Collocated Events, Posters and Registration Now Open! 

Taking place from 23-25 October 2019, the 14th RDA Plenary will take place in Dipoli, the nature-immersed building of Aalto University, Helsinki, in Finland, “one of the happiest countries in the world”, states Per Öster, CSC-IT Center For Science Director and Co-Chair of the P14 Programme Committee.