Scholarly infrastructures and quality requirements of software source code

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26 Jan 2021
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Meeting objectives: 

This meeting is an opportunity for RDA members, who are interested in software and in particular in software source code, to discuss different aspects of software in the scholarly ecosystem. At VP17 our main topics are:

  • the recently published EOSC SIRS report[1] on Scholarly infrastructures and 
  • a mini-workshop on code quality assessment.


Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes:

The agenda will be roughly as follow:

  • Short introduction to the group and its aims (5 minutes)
  • Presentation of the EOSC SIRS report: Scholarly infrastructures for research software  (20 mins)
  • Summary of the activity in the FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group including the ongoing task forces (CodeMeta, journals, repositories...)(15 mins)
  • Overview of other ongoing working groups related to software in RDA (10 mins)
  • A mini-workshop session on code quality assessment (40 mins)
  • Conclusion of group activity (10 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.

Participants should familiarise themselves with current efforts in preserving source code (such as Software Heritage), describing software (e.g. CodeMeta) and citing software (the FORCE11 Software Citation Principles).

Group chair serving as contact person: 
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 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. 

At the last plenary (VP16) we have presented the SCID WG output and other outputs and activities from different RDA and FORCE11 working groups that discuss software. We have also collected software practices in the academic community.

Short Group Status: 

Ongoing Interest Group open to discussion about software source code in different domains and for different use cases.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 
Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Meeting presenters: 
Roberto Di Cosmo, Morane Gruenpeter and Neil Chue Hong