Existing efforts and practices related to Software Source Code in academia

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28 Jul 2020
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Meeting objectives: 

The objectives of the meeting are:

  • Presenting working groups, initiatives and outputs related to software in academia.
  • Collecting existing practices
Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative Notes Link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1afJZM6MM-ewbmgGdPP0rvGSXZgiYBFVgdfNL...


  1. Short introduction to the group and its aims (5 minutes)
  2. Presentation of the SCID WG output: Use cases and identifiers schemes for software source code identification (15 mins)
  3. Introduction and Invite to join the discussion in the FAIR4RS WG (10 mins)
  4. Summary of the activity in the FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group including the ongoing task forces (CodeMeta, journals, repositories...)(15 mins)
  5. Overview of other ongoing working groups related to software in RDA (10 mins)
  6. Collecting existing practices when it comes to creating, using and preserving software in academia - group activity in separated subgroups (30 mins)
  7. Conclusion of group activity (5 minutes)
Target Audience: 

The target audience for this session comprises: repository managers, software project owners, software catalog maintainers, software source code researchers, software preservation and archival experts, and others with an interest in the discovery, description and preservation of software source code.

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Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

The Software Source Code IG was founded in 2017, after a BoF session at the 9th Plenary. It aims to discuss issues on identification, management, sharing, discovery, archival and provenance of software source code, review and revise metadata for describing and discovering source code, develop guidelines for managing, describing and publishing software source code, collect and publish use cases of current examples and practices, and contribute software related expertise to other groups in the RDA which have a software aspect.


During the P12 SSC IG session, a discussion to create a Working Group dedicated to software source code identification led to the creation of the Software Source Code Identification Working Group [SCID WG] which is a joint RDA and FORCE11 WG. This working group has completed its life-cycle with the supporting output:

“Use cases and identifiers schemes for software source code identification”.


At the last RDA plenary (VP15) we discussed the FAIR principles and started the process of creating a new working group, which was launched at the end of June 2020, the FAIR for research software working group [FAIR4RS WG]. The FAIR4RS WG is a joint initiative with ReSA and FORCE11. 

Short Group Status: 

Ongoing Interest Group.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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