octobre 23, 2019

Research Software Hackathon at FORCE2019

Last week, we had the pleasure to participate in the Research Software Hackathon during the FORCE2019 conference.

It was remarkable to see so many people interested in the same goal: making software a first class citizen in the scholarly world.

The day started with engaging presentations about the different working groups involved and the challenges we are facing when dealing with software. Software source code is different from other research outputs and should be recognized with all its complexity.

Roberto Di Cosmo tackling the challenges when it comes to Research Software Artifacts [full presentation]

The Research Software Hackathon regrouped the three following groups: Force11’s Software Citation Implementation Working Group [SCIWG], the joint RDA & Force11 Software Source Code Identification Working Group [SCID WG] and the RDA’s Software Source Code Interest Group [SSC IG].

If you are interested, you can always join each group’s mailing list and follow the scheduled calls and updates.

Neil Chue Hong presenting the Software Citation Implementation Working Group [full presentation]

After the first hour, the participants split into different tracks:

  1. Identifiers for software,
  2. Metadata interoperability,
  3. Data quality and curation,
  4. Policies and incentives.

Track 3 and 4 started as one big group, but soon after the introduction rounds the participants decided to split into two activities: comparing the research software guidelines (track 3) and reviewing the pain points and « known unknowns » in software archiving practices (track 4).

The four tracks for the Hackathon’s activities [full agenda presentation]

Each group was devoted to the task at hand, having lively discussions, sharing and collecting knowledge and even implementing creative tools.


Discussions and demonstrations during the Research Software Hackathon #FORCE2019

We ended the day with a few demonstrations of the work that was achieved during the day:

All the final outcomes are available on the SCID WG repository.

Finaly, the Research Software Hackathon was a great step forward in our quest to promote software as a research output. Let’s continue together this path on making software a first class citizen in the academic ecosystem.

octobre 23, 2019