Software Source Code IG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Andrew Treloar
IG Established

Software source code plays a critical role in all fields of modern research, where source code is written and developed to address a variety of needs, like cleaning, processing and visualising data.


Software source code is a necessary component for research reproducibility and reusability. 


Thus software source code should be properly curated in the same way as other research inputs and outputs such as research data and paper publication. Software source code developers and organisations that sponsor software development should also be properly credited and attributed.


This interest group will provide a forum to discuss issues on management, sharing, discovery, archival and provenance of software source code. It will pay special attention to source code that generates research data and plays an important role in scientific publications.


Information about sessions held at RDA Plenary Meetings can be found on the Group Wiki.


Recent Activity

20 Jun 2018

Community call: Open source technology development for science communications and publishing

Hi all,

eLife is hosting an open conference call this month, aimed at the users and developers of technology for science communication and publishing to share, learn about and collaborate on projects in this space.

The call will take place at 11am New York / 4pm London on Thursday, June 28. 

04 Jun 2018

Software Deposit and Preservation - draft guidance and workshop

Hi All,
Along with my colleague, Mike Jackson, we have been working on a Jisc-funded project as part of their Research Data Shared Service pilot programme to develop guidance for software deposit and preservation for different stakeholders.
We have now released draft versions of this guidance for feedback, and would be grateful for the comments of the RDA software community.
You can find the draft guidance here:

21 Mar 2018

Session at 11th RDA Plenary

Hi All,
A reminder that the Software Source Code IG will have a working session at the 11th RDA Plenary between 11:00 and 12:30 CET on Thursday 22nd March.
For those of you joining us in Berlin, the room number is A06 in the basement. For those joining remotely, the instructions are at: where you can also find background material on the session.

15 Mar 2018

EU Copyright reform

Dear all,
I'm quite excited at the idea of meeting you all again next week at the
RDA 11th plenary, and make progress together on our common agenda.
In the meanwhile, I would like to attract your attention to some dangerous
provisions that concern our own mission as researchers, developers, and
archivists, contained in the forthcoming EU copyright reform directive.
While primarily targeted at the entertainment industry, some of the blanket
provisions contained in this directive are so broad that they directly

06 Dec 2017

Re: For Info: Call for Proposals for Plenary 11 closes December 28

> Dear group members,
> I am your TAB liaison.
> I want to remind you that the call for proposals closes on December 28.
> More details at
> I would encourage you to submit a proposal!
> I will be on Annual Leave from December 15, but would be happy to work
> with you on your proposal prior to this, if that would be useful.

16 Sep 2017

Reminder: IG meeting on Tuesday 19th, 14:00, Mansfield 2

Dear all,
we are quite excited as we are going to meeting you all in Montreal
quite soon!
All informations on the meeting are here, including instructions for remote
For your convenience, time and location of the physical meeting are in the
subject of this message.
See you in beautiful Montreal!
Roberto Di Cosmo and Neil Chue Hong

13 Aug 2017

FYI: International Coalition on Science Gateways

On behalf of Michelle Barker, I'm forwarding this announcement that might
be of interest to some of you.
The International Coalition on Science Gateways will hold a meeting at the
RDA Plenary in Montreal , Canada, on 18 September 2017. The International
Coalition on Science Gateways aims to provide an international forum for
the science gateways community, and this meeting will discuss the
Coalition’s short and long-term goals.
The International Coalition on Science Gateways’ vision is to provide an