December 8, 2023

Connecting publications and software with SoFAIR

We are thrilled to share the news that Software Heritage is participating in the SoFAIR project, awarded through the CHISTERA Open Research Data & Software Call. This collaborative initiative is geared towards elevating the discoverability and reusability of open research software, aligning with our commitment to advancing the accessibility of software source code artifacts.

The SoFAIR project, derived from Making Software FAIR, is dedicated to addressing a critical issue in research by interconnecting publications with the software they use, develop or share, improving the findability and accessibility of research software, two of the FAIR principles, originally designed for data. Leveraging the existing capabilities of open scholarly infrastructures operated by project partners, SoFAIR is a €499k international collaboration coordinated by (1) The Open University, in conjunction with (2) Inria, France; (3) Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic; (4) the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), Poland; and (5) The European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), United Kingdom.

The SoFAIR Project Partners

Software Heritage’s key contribution to the SoFAIR project will be to ensure that software mentioned in research articles, as detected through advanced machine learning processes, will be preserved in the Software Heritage archive, and persistently referenced using the SWHID identifier that will be exposed alongside the publications, enhancing reproducibility of research results. Software Heritage will also collect all the metadata created during the process, to enhance the quality of the information available about software preserved in its archive.

December 8, 2023