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

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

16 Oct 2019

Announcing the Software Heritage Acquisition Process: Rescuing and preserving landmark legacy source code

Dear all,
software is a recent newcomer in the history of humankind, and while
we still have the unique chance to be able to talk to most of the people
that wrote landmark source code, we have not much time left, and huge
amount of legacy to rescue. I belive that our only chance to succeed is to
foster a collective effort, and to do that, we need to offer actionable
guidelines to those that are willing to help.
Today I'm delighted to announce an important step in this direction, with

14 Oct 2019

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

Hello everyone,

I know that many of you can't join us tomorrow at the Research Software Hackathon.

If you want to see what is happening, you can follow the work on the FORCE11 SCID WG github repository [1] or on our hackathon gitter room [2].

Unfortunately it is complicated to put in place remote access to the different activities.

Feel free to chat on gitter[2], open issues [3] and questions on the repository [1] or comment the working google docs (access to the google docs is possible from the Hackathon README).

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