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Opening up to the world, and full speed ahead

Our ambition is to collect, preserve, and share the source code of all software ever written. In the very intense year 2018 that has passed since our last activity report we have moved forward at a steady pace, and now is a good moment to recall the key accomplishments, putting them in perspective in the […]

December 28, 2018

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You can “save code now”!

A enu reading "Features," "Search," "Vault," and "Save code now."

Software Heritage is now open for your source code submissions!   Search engines use something called a Web crawler to systematically “crawl,” or look through, the Web in order to create indexes that can be searched through. In order to populate the Software Heritage Archive we also use a crawler, but unfortunately, unlike for usual […]

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Welcoming FossID as the first member of the Software Heritage mirror network

We are excited to announce today that FossID, one of our early sponsors, has decided to work with us to establish the first independent mirror of the Software Heritage archive, a very important step forward in making Software Heritage a resilient common infrastructure. A mission at the service of humankind The clearly stated mission of […]

December 7, 2018

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GitLab joins the Archive

GitLab, a major web-based, public git repository forge, is now fully archived into the Software Heritage archive. We will continue to periodically update this section of the archive, to keep it up-to-date with changes pushed to repositories hosted on gitlab.com. GitLab is used by NASA, CERN, and the GNOME Foundation. The software powering gitlab.com is […]

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Read about us in CACM

We had an article published in the October 2018 edition of Communications of the ACM. Communications of the ACM is the Association of Computing Machinery’s print and online publication. With over 100,000 ACM members receiving Communications, it is one of the “leading print and online publication for the computing and information technology fields.” “Building the […]

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PyPI Available on Software Heritage

The PyPI logo, including the text "Python Package Index."

We’re pleased to share that the Python Package Index (PyPI) is now integrated with Software Heritage: all PyPI packages have been archived and PyPI is now being tracked to timely archive new Python package releases as they become available. PyPI is a volunteer run repository of nearly 1.5 million Python packages. All of these packages are now also […]

October 10, 2018

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Depositing scientific software into Software Heritage

Thanks to a collaboration between Software Heritage (SWH), HAL-Inria and the CCSD, HAL is opening its doors to a new type of scientific deposit: software. Researchers now have the ability to deposit source code while contributing to Software Heritage, the Library of Alexandria of Software. A testing phase, started in January, 2018, allowed users to […]

September 28, 2018

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Identifying billions of digital objects : a whitepaper

In the very broad scope addressed by digital preservation initiatives, a special place belongs to the scientific and technical artifacts that we need to properly archive to enable scientific reproducibility. For these artifacts we need identifiers that are not only unique and persistent, but also support integrity in an intrinsic way. They must provide strong […]

September 24, 2018

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Browsing the Software Heritage archive: a guided tour

The Software Heritage mission is to collect, preserve, and share the source code from all publicly available software. An important milestone for the project was enabling access and browsing of the Software Heritage archive, and a year ago we made a first step forward by enabling programmatic access via a RESTful API. On June 7th […]

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Software preservation: a stepping stone for software citation

This blog post was originally published on Generation R (https://doi.org/10.25815/0ZBH-2W14). In recent years software has become a legitimate product of research gaining more attention from the scholarly ecosystem  than ever before, and researchers feel increasingly the need to cite the software they use or produce.  Unfortunately, there is no well established best practice for doing […]

June 25, 2018

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