By Stephan Druskat (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
On 26 October 2017, the Force11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group and Force11 Hackathon was hosted at the Force2017 Conference in Berlin, Germany, and led by Neil Chue Hong (Software Sustainability Institute), Lars Holm Nielsen (Zenodo) and Martin Fenner (DataCite). Participants took a full day to exchange, discuss, plan, and hack towards implementations of the software citation workflow.
Software citation is at the very heart of the process to create recognition for software as a scholarly product, and finding and implementing a working solution for this issue is the key to attribution and credit for the creators of scientific software. At the same time, the possibility of citing a software also helps to unlock its potential for sustainability by boosting its accessibility, and by fostering a software’s persistence through the encouragement of tagging its published versions with unique identifiers, such as DOIs. Thus, software citation also becomes a natural path to the reproducibility of research results in the context of open science, where not only the data, but also the complete toolchain employed in a research endeavour, is made openly available.
Software citation is still hard
However, software citation is hard, and for diverse reasons. It is…Continue Reading