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By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director.

By Stephan Druskat, Daniel S. Katz, David Klein, Mark Santcroos, Tobias Schlauch, Liz Sexton-Kennedy, and Anthony Truskinger. Like the behemoth cruise ship leaving the harbour of Amsterdam that overshadowed our discussion table at WSSSPE 6.1, credit for software is a slowly moving target, and it’s a non-trivial task to ensure that the right people get due credit. In this blog post, we aim to review the current state of practice in terms of credit for research software. We also attempt to summarise recent developments and outline a more ideal state of affairs.

Dr Daniel S. Katz will talk at a Helmholtz Open Science Webinar in August about "Using citation to provide credit for software contributions". Most research today in many fields is dependent on software, but academic culture does not reward development, support, and maintenance of that software. A potential method to provide such credit is to insert software into the current publication/citation system. This talk will discuss an effort that is underway to do this, the FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation working group.

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The Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16) brings together researchers, developers, project leaders, funders, publishers and more to explore the space of software and credit, collect best practices, form collaborations and think about the future. CW16 will inform nascent research leaders and the wider community about what is necessary to sustain the future of  computationally powered research by supporting the people behind it for their indispensable contributions to research.

The Institute Software Credit Workshop took place on 19 October 2015 at the Natural History Museum, London; explore what happened.

Depsy helps build the software-intensive science of the future by promoting credit for software as a fundamental building block of science.

From the Depsy site:

The Software Sustainability Institute's Software Credit Workshop took place this Monday 19 October 2015 at the Natural History Museum in London. 

We had over 50 attendees and representation from funders, publishers, platforms, Institutes and research based organisations.

To catch up with what happened please check out our compilation of the best tweets from the events.

A big thank you for the guidance and support of our steering committee and organising committee:

Steering committee

Liz Allen, F1000

Kaitlin Thaney, Mozilla Science Lab

Abigail Cabunoc Mayes, Mozilla Science Lab

Dan Katz, University of Chicago

Geoffrey Bilder, CrossRef

By Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead

September was an active month. It’s funny as autumn enters in the UK, the academic world is in spring with new students, new projects and a re-invigoration after the traditional holiday period.

In this month's update read more about how Fellows 2016 is progressing, the rise of the Institute's Software Credit Workshop and other news from the Community.

However, before we start - the Community team is recruiting a Research Software Specialist. If you are keen to run events, support Fellows, build bridges to…

Here are some of the discussion topics that were collated for the workshop.

The topics are listed in 'short form | long form' format to make it easier to scan through.

The discussion topics are listed in this document.


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