Software Source Code Identification WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Andrew Treloar
WGs Getting started (~0-6 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

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

24 Jan 2019

P13 Session Accepted - Software Source Code Identification WG: Identifying, referencing and citing the source code of research software: a state of the art

Dear group,
Congratulations! Your session application  - Software Source Code
Identification WG: Identifying, referencing and citing the source code
of research software: a state of the art - has been approved and will
appear in the RDA Plenary 13 Programme.  Please consider this your
official notification of acceptance.
The detailed Plenary 13 programme will be published online by 11
February, 2019, and your scheduled session time will be published in the
programme. The programme will also include the link to your meeting web

26 Oct 2018

Identifiers of Digital Objects (IDOs) and Digital Identifiers of Objects (DIOs): a conceptual framework for identifiers

[ I'm cross-posting this message to several groups that may be interested in these results: I hope that by sending only one mail to several mailing list will allow the mailing list server to send just one message to each recipient.
My apologies for the duplicate messages if this is not the case ]
Dear all,

26 Oct 2018

News on our Working Group

Dear all,
a short message to update you on the status of our working group.
As some of you may know already, we have been asked to review our case statement
by the TAB, and I have submitted, on behalf of all the co-chairs, a revised
case statement that is now under TAB review.
I have also confirmed that many of us will not be able to attend the RDA 13th
Plenary in Botswana, this coming November 18th, so we will not have our kick-off
on November 8th as originally planned, and we'll need to adapt our workplan.