An Interview with de-RSE: Supporting Researchers Using Software

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de-RSE – Research Science Engineers: A New Association in Germany

An interview by GenR with members of the newly forming German association of Research Software Engineers – de-RSE. The association is being formally constituted in late November 2018 (next week 26th Nov., Berlin) and will provide a new support network for the wider software community. Highlights being a summer 2019 conference in Potsdam, and a fellowship programme. The interview is the first in a series of article in GenR’s theme ‘Socializing Infrastructures‘ and we take the opportunity to ask de-RSE for their comments on Open Science infrastructures and ‘software as infrastructure’.

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Socializing Infrastructures #infraQA

Questions about ‘how’ to transition to an Open Science future

A GenR Theme

Image: Google Maps glitch, Google Maps, Map data ©2018 Google, from the blog INTENSIVE PRODUCTION, https://conorintensiveproduction.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/real-glitches/

GenR has an editorial theme on questions of ‘Socializing Infrastructures’ for Open Science. The theme will run over November and December 2018, with blogposts, visualizations, and conversations.

Join us on Twitter @gen_r_ and tweet your own Open Science infrastructure questions with the hashtag #infraQA

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Software Preservation: A Stepping Stone for Software Citation

The Software Heritage archive growth graph (view live on https://www.softwareheritage.org/larchive-software-heritage/)

In recent years software has become a legitimate product of research gaining more attention from the scholarly ecosystem than ever before, and researchers feel increasingly the need to cite the software they use or produce. Unfortunately, there is no well established best practice for doing this, and in the citations one sees used quite often ephemeral URLs or other identifiers that offer little or no guarantee that the cited software can be found later on.

But for software to be findable, it must have been preserved in the first place: hence software preservation is actually a prerequisite of software citation.

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