Software Curation in Research Libraries: Practice and Promise

Authors: Alexandra Chassanoff, Yasmin AlNoamany, Katherine Thornton, John Borghi

Abstract: Research software plays an increasingly vital role in the scholarly record. Academic research libraries are in the early stages of exploring strategies for curating and preserving research software, aiming to facilitate support and services for long-term access and use.

In 2016, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) began offering postdoctoral fellowships in software curation. Four institutions hosted the initial cohort of software curation fellows. This article describes the work activities and research program of the cohort, highlighting the challenges and benefits of doing this exploratory work in research libraries.

Chassanoff, A., AlNoamany, Y., Thornton, K. and Borghi, J., 2018. Software Curation in Research Libraries: Practice and Promise. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 6(1), p.eP2239. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2239

 

Source: Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

Archiving Software Surrogates on the Web for Future Reference


Authors: Helge Holzmann, Wolfram Sperber, Mila Runnwerth

Abstract: Software has long been established as an essential aspect of the scientific process in mathematics and other disciplines. However, reliably referencing software in scientific publications is still challenging for various reasons. A crucial factor is that software dynamics with temporal versions or states are difficult to capture over time. We propose to archive and reference surrogates instead, which can be found on the Web and reflect the actual software to a remarkable extent. Our study shows that about a half of the webpages of software are already archived with almost all of them including some kind of documentation.

Holzmann H, Sperber W & Runnwerth M. (2017). Archiving Software Surrogates on the Web for Future Reference. arxiv

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