The Foundations of Digital Research

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Talk given at ICERM Workshop on Reproducibility in Computational and Experimental Mathematics summarising various work that the Software Sustainability Institute has done in the areas (Skills and Capability, Recognition and Reward, Careers) that we believe underpin reusable, reproducible research.

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  • Some further resources:http://www.software.ac.uk/blog/2012-11-09-craftsperson-and-scholarhttp://software.ac.uk/blog/2012-08-16-what-research-software-community-and-why-should-you-carehttp://www.software.ac.uk/blog/2011-05-02-publish-or-be-damned-alternative-impact-manifesto-research-softwarehttp://www.software.ac.uk/software-evaluation-guidehttp://www.software.ac.uk/software-carpentryhttp://www.software.ac.uk/resources/guideshttp://www.software.ac.uk/training
  • Isn’t Software Just Data? http://beyond-impact.org/?p=175What we’re doing:Journal of Open Research Software: http://openresearchsoftware.metajnl.com- Role of Repositories: http://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/5905Publication for Discovery: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2012/11/innovation.aspxBoundaryWhat do we choose to keep: Workflow? Software that runs workflow? Software referenced by workflow? Software dependencies? What’s the minimum citable part?Granularity Library / Suite / Package Program Algorithm Function VersioningWhy do we version? To indicate a change To allow sharing To confer special status
  • C.f.5 Stars of Linked Data (Berners-Lee):Available w/ open license, machine-readable, non-proprietary format, open standards, linked to provide context 5 Stars of Online Journals (Shotton):Peer Review, Open Access, Enriched Content, Available Datasets, Machine-readable metadataWhat about community?
  • The Foundations of Digital Research

    1. 1. The Foundations of Digital Research www.software.ac.ukSoftware Sustainability InstituteN.ChueHong@software.ac.ukNeil Chue Hong (@npch) Re- Re-usable search Re-producible www.software.ac.uk/blog/ Software Careers 2012-11-09-craftsperson-and-scholar software.ac.uk/blog/2012-08-16-what-research- software-community-and-why-should-you-care Software Recognition / www.software.ac.uk/blog/2011-05-02- Reward publish-or-be-damned-alternative- impact-manifesto-research-software www.software.ac.uk/ software-evaluation-guideSoftware Skills and Capability resources/guides software-carpentry training slideshare.net/npch/the- Software Sustainability Institute foundations-of-digital-research
    2. 2. Isn’t software just data? http://beyond-impact.org/?p=175• Journal of Open Research Software • http://openresearchsoftware.metajnl.com/• Role of Repositories • http://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/5905• Publication for Discovery • JISC-funded Software Hub project And we haven’t talked about authorship yet…
    3. 3. 5 Stars of Software? www.software.ac.uk• Do we need a 5 stars for software?  Existence – there is accurate metadata that defines the software  Availability – you can access and run the software  Openness – the software has an open permissible license  Linked – the related data, dependencies and papers are c.f. 5 Stars of Linked Data indicated (Berners-Lee)  Assured – the software provides 5 Stars of Online Journals (Shotton) ways of assuring its “correctness” Software Sustainability Institute

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