Session 3: Persistent software referencing

May 10, 2017 : 15:45 - 17:15

Moderation: Ralph Ewerth (Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) – German National Library of Science and Technology, Germany)

15:45 - 16:15 Software citation: a cornerstone of software-enabled research
Daniel S. Katz (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Software is a critical part of modern research and yet there is little support across the scholarly ecosystem for its citation. Inspired by the activities of the FORCE11 working group focused on data citation, the FORCE11 Software Citation Working Group has published a set Software Citation Principles ( in September 2016. This has the goal of encouraging broad adoption of a consistent policy for software citation across disciplines and venues. This presentation will discuss the principles (in brief, importance, credit and attribution, unique identification, persistence, accessibility, and specificity), how they will impact the practice of research, and they can be implemented by researchers, publishers, librarians and others who build and maintain repositories, scholars of science, university administrators, and research funders.

16:45 - 17:15 Software as a first-class citizen in web archives
Helge Holzmann (L3S Research Center, Germany)

The Web contains all kinds of information today. Web archives preserve this data and make it long-term available. However, access is usually only provided by a URL and a timestamp. Hence, there is no deeper meaning attached to archived resources, although collectively they can represent entities, such as software. Moreover, documentation and source code that is available at different points in time, can even represent different versions of a software. Treating them as first-class citizens in web archives enables reliable and permanent references to software, which is normally hard to manage.

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