Software Source Code Identification WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Andrew Treloar
WGs Producing deliverables (~6-12 months after RDA endorsement)

Software, and in particular source code, plays an important role in science: it is used in all research fields to produce, transform and analyse research data, and is sometimes itself an object of research and/or an output of research.

Unlike research data and scientific articles, though, software source code has only very recently been recognised as important subject matter in a few initiatives related to scholarly publication and archiving. These initiatives are now working on a variety of plans for handling the identification of software artifacts.

At the same time, unlike research data and scientific articles, the overwhelming majority of software source code is developed and used outside the academic world, in industry and in developer communities where software is routinely referenced, in practice, through methods that are totally different from the ones used in scholarly publications. 
The objective of this working group is to bring together a broad panel of stakeholders directly involved in software identification.

The planned output will be concrete recommendations for the academic community to ensure that the solutions that will be adopted by the academic players are compatible with each other and especially with the software development practice of tens of millions of developers worldwide.

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Recent Activity

11 Jun 2019

Attributing and Referencing Research Software: Best Practices and Outlook from Inria

Dear all,
I'm delighted to share with you the following article containing the first
results of a working group that has been studying the complex issues one has to
face when taking into account software as a first class research output:
"Attributing and Referencing Research Software:
Best Practices and Outlook from Inria"
available from
This article, currently submitted to a journal, is a contribution to the ongoing

03 Apr 2019

Slides of Source Code Identification WG now online!

Dear all,
many thanks for the active participation and discussion during the
kickoff of our Working Group in today's breakout session at Plenary 13.
The slides presented during the session are now available online in
our file repository, and you can get them here:
This includes:
- the presentation on ASCL by Alice Allen
- the slides of my presentation (updated with a few more references)

27 Feb 2019

Announcing the Paris Call on Software Source Code

Dear all,
I'm delighted to share the news of the publication of the "Paris Call on Software Source Code".
This Call results from months of intense work in collaboration with Unesco, culminating in a high level international expert meeting at Unesco headquarters in Paris on November 6th and 7th that I had the honor to coordinate.
You can find the official Unesco announcement at

29 Jan 2019

Kickoff of the Source Code Identification WG : your input is needed!

Dear all,
as you have seen, our session proposal for P13 has been accepted [1],
In the program of our session [2] we have a group activity dedicated to
document the state-of-the-art, with information on the relevant initiatives
and ongoing activities that have been taking place in the area of software
source code identification, and we would like to ask your help to make it
May you share on this mailing list pointers to relevant work you are aware