News from OSEC 2022: towards the software pillar of Open Science

02 Mar 2022

Dear all,
many of us have been working for years to raise awareness about the
importance of software as a pillar for (Open) Science. At Software
Heritage, by building the universal archive of software source code, we are
contributing a key common infrastructure for software in Open Science, and
do our best to advance this subject. This appeared clearly during the
event on November 30th at UNESCO headquarters

where software and Open Science were on the center stage, with a
presentation of the second french National Plan for Open Science

and the UNESCO recommendation on Open Science
approved by the member states just a few days before (if you missed the
event, here is a dedicated page with all the recordings and the
presentations ).
Today, I'm delighted to report that software was squarely put forward as a
key enabler for Open Science at the Open Science European Conference
(OSEC 2022) that took place on February 4th and 5th
2022. Organised in the framework of the french presidency of the European
Union, with the participation of top level personalities
, this very high level event had a full
session on *software as a pillar of Open Science*. I opened this session,
in my capacity as chair of the open source software group in the french
national committee for open science, with a keynote
that provided an overview of the many issues
we need to tackle in order to properly support software in Open Science.
The session was comprised of a talk by Ulrike Lucke
focused on software and infrastructure, a talk
by Melissa Harrison focused on the
connection with the publishers, and a talk by Sayeed Choudhury
on the importance of institutional support.
The session was followed by the announcement of the results of the *french
national awards for open source software in research*
, that for the first time recognized, at the
highest national level, key software contributions in a broad spectrum of
research domains. I'm sure you will recognize, among the 4 prizes and 6
accessits, at least one software project that is used in your area.
Going beyond software, OSEC 2022 was the occasion to unveil the Paris Call
on Research Assessment , that will have
far reaching impact on the way research is evaluated, and I encourage you
to have a look at it.
All the videos and presentations from OSEC 2022 are now available online on
the website of the conference .
Computer Science Professor
(on leave at Inria from IRIF/Université de Paris)
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