We are delighted to introduce our 8th ambassador, Neal Fultz, principal data scientist of njnm consulting, a staff statistician for the UCLA Social Sciences division. He has authored a number of Python, R, and Java libraries, and adopted several other orphaned open source projects.
Neal says that “Software Heritage is more than just an archive – its knowledge graph will enable new types of research into the software development lifecycle, over thousands of projects and decades of history, and ultimately lead to higher-quality software. It’s important that this data is preserved and kept open so that all can benefit from it”.
And also adds: “Conway’s Law says that the design of a software package reproduces the structure of the organization building it. As a social scientist, I’m excited that SWH is preserving not just the final source code, but the full edit history documenting the collaboration network of software production at a very granular level, which we can use to empirically ground studies on sustainable development practices, contextualize legacy code, and build better software tools”.
Any questions about the Software Heritage archive? In addition to the other ambassadors already announced, you can also contact Neal to learn more about our mission at nfultz at gmail.com.
And if you too want to become an ambassador, do not forget: we are looking for enthusiastic organizations and individuals to volunteer as ambassadors to keep growing the Software Heritage community! Tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in our mission.