Obtaining Credit for Research Software

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A talk from 11 Febrary 2013, part of the University College London “Research Programming in Practice” seminar series. Brian Hole, founder of Ubiquity Press and creator of the Journal of Open Research Software wspeaks about a thorny problem for computationally-focused researchers: how do you best build a publication record and enhance your academic reputation when your primary output as a researcher is software? The Journal of Open Research Software is one potential solution, associating a software entity with a peer-reviewed journal publication.

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Obtaining Credit for Research Software

  1. 1. Obtaining Research Credit for Creating software:The Journal of Open Research SoftwareBrian Hole (UP & UCL)Research Programming in Practice , UCL, 11 February 2013 brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  2. 2. Overview: why, how, where 1. Why share software? 2. How to share 3. Where: JORS & PRIME brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  3. 3. Two questions to beginAs a research software engineer, …what motivates you? …what are your biggest career challenges? brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
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  6. 6. The Social Contract of Science • Research requires an effective, efficient distribution model • Research funders are now demanding this – it will become the main modelbrian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
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  10. 10. Journal of Open Research Software brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  11. 11. Citation • Software is already citable but this is not something researchers are familiar with doing. • Handles, URIs, DataCite DOIs, etc. cannot currently be used for citation tracking. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  12. 12. What is a software paper? A software paper… • … describes the methodology with which software was created. • … describes the software itself. • … details the reuse potential of the software. • … is often authored by a software engineer. • … is citable, enabling reuse to be tracked. A data paper is not… • … a research paper. A software paper only describes the software. But it will reference research papers that rely on the software. • … simply replication of the information in a software repository.brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  13. 13. Peer review 1. The paper contents a. The methods section of the paper must provide sufficient detail that a reader can understand how the software was created. b. The software must be correctly described. c. The reuse section must provide concrete and useful suggestions for reuse of the software. 2. The deposited software a. The repository must be suitable for the software and have a sustainability model. b. Open license permits unrestricted access (e.g. GPL). c. A version in an open, non-proprietary format. d. code should be documented to a level that enables others to get started. e. Where relevant both binary and source code should be included.brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  14. 14. PRIMEPublisher, Repository and Institutional Metadata ExchangeUCL LIBRARY SERVICES INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY 2012 75 YEARS OF LEADING GLOBAL ARCHAEOLOGY brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  15. 15. PRIME: Project focus • Developing a system to exchange metadata between: • the UCL Discovery EPrints institutional repository • the Archaeology Data Service subject repository • the Journal of Open Archaeology Data (JOAD) • Focusing on archaeology data only to pilot the system • Building on other successful JISC projects: • DryadUK • REWARD • SWORD-ARM brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
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  17. 17. PRIME: Use Case #1• A UCL Researcher deposits data in an external subject repository.• The subject repository sends the metadata and DOI of the data to the UCL institutional repository so that it has a record of the output. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  18. 18. PRIME: Use Case #2• A UCL Researcher deposits data in their institutional repository.• The institutional repository sends the metadata and DOI of the data to the appropriate subject repository so that it has a record of the output. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
  19. 19. PRIME: Use Case #3• A UCL Researcher submits an article to a journal, and is asked to archive the data as a precondition of publication.• The journal sends the metadata to the subject repository so that the author does not have to re-enter it.• The subject repository sends the metadata and DOI of the data to the institutional repository so that it has a record of the output, and the DOI back to the journal to link the article with the data. brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress
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  23. 23. Questions?Links http://www.openresearchsoftware.metajnl.com http://www.metajnl.com http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prime http://www.ucl.ac.uk/reward brian.hole@ubiquitypress.com www.ubiquitypress.com / @ubiquitypress

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