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

Software citation principles


Authors: Smith, A. M., Katz, D. S., Niemeyer, K. E., & Force11 Software Citation Working Group

Abstract: Software is a critical part of modern research and yet there is little support across the scholarly ecosystem for its acknowledgement and citation. Inspired by the activities of the FORCE11 working group focused on data citation, this document summarizes the recommendations of the FORCE11 Software Citation Working Group and its activities between June 2015 and April 2016. Based on a review of existing community practices, the goal of the working group was to produce a consolidated set of citation principles that may encourage broad adoption of a consistent policy for software citation across disciplines and venues. Our work is presented here as a set of software citation principles, a discussion of the motivations for developing the principles, reviews of existing community practice, and a discussion of the requirements these principles would place upon different stakeholders. Working examples and possible technical solutions for how these principles can be implemented will be discussed in a separate paper.

Citation: Smith AM, Katz DS, Niemeyer KE, FORCE11 Software Citation Working Group. (2016) Software citation principles. PeerJ Computer Science 2:e86 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj-cs.86 

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Linking Mathematical Software in Web Archives


Authors: Helge Holzmann, Mila Runnwerth, Wolfram Sperber

Abstract: The Web is our primary source of all kinds of information today. This includes information about software as well as associated materials, like source code, documentation, related publications and change logs. Such data is of particular importance in research in order to conduct, comprehend and reconstruct scientific experiments that involve software. swMATH, a mathematical software directory, attempts to identify software mentions in scientific articles and provides additional information as well as links to the Web. However, just like software itself, the Web is dynamic and most likely the information on the Web has changed since it was referenced in a scientific publication. Therefore, it is crucial to preserve the resources of a software on the Web to capture its states over time.

We found that around 40% of the websites in swMATH are already included in an existing Web archive. Out of these, 60% of contain some kind of documentation and around 45% even provide downloads of software artifacts. Hence, already today links can be established based on the publication dates of corresponding articles. The contained data enable enriching existing information with a temporal dimension. In the future, specialized infrastructure will improve the coverage of software resources and allow explicit references in scientific publications.

Citation: Helge Holzmann, Mila Runnwerth, Wolfram Sperber. (2017). Linking Mathematical Software in Web Archives. arxiv

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Citations for Software: Providing Identification, Access and Recognition for Research Software


Authors: Laura Soito, Lorraine J Hwang

 

Abstract: Software plays a significant role in modern academic research, yet lacks a similarly significant presence in the scholarly record. With increasing interest in promoting reproducible research, curating software as a scholarly resource not only promotes access to these tools, but also provides recognition for the intellectual efforts that go into their development. This work reviews existing standards for identifying, promoting discovery of, and providing credit for software development work. In addition, it shows how these guidelines have been integrated into existing tools and community cultures, and provides recommendations for future software curation efforts.

 

Citation: Soito, L, Hwang, L. (2016) Citations for Software: Providing Identification, Access and Recognition for Research Software International Journal of Digital Curation 11(2) doi:10.2218/ijdc.v11i2.390

 

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