Scholia for Software

Abstract:  Scholia for Software is a project to add software profiling features to Scholia, which is a scholarly profiling service from the Wikimedia ecosystem and integrated with Wikipedia and Wikidata. This document is an adaptation of the funded grant proposal. We are sharing it for several reasons, including research transparency, our wish to encourage the sharing of research proposals for reuse and remixing in general, to assist others specifically in making proposals that would complement our activities, and because sharing this proposal helps us to tell the story of the project to community stakeholders.

A “scholarly profiling service” is a tool which assists the user in accessing data on some aspect of scholarship, usually in relation to research. Typical features of such services include returning the biography of academic publications for any given researcher, or providing a list of publications by topic. Scholia already exists as a Wikimedia platform tool built upon Wikidata and capable of serving these functions. This project will additionally add software-related data to Wikidata, develop Scholia’s own code, and address some ethical issues in diversity and representation around these activities. The end result will be that Scholia will have the ability to report what software a given researcher has described using in their publications, what software is most used among authors publishing on a given topic or in a given journal, what papers describe projects which use some given software, and what software is most often co-used in projects which use a given software.



Sloan Foundation Funds New Office to Support Open Source Activities

Carnegie Mellon University’s Helen and Henry Posner, Jr. Dean of the University Libraries Keith Webster has received a grant of $650,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to establish the Carnegie Mellon University Open Source Program Office (OSPO). In addition to establishing a central resource for open-source activity across campus, the OSPO will explore the ecosystem of software around a new core facility and government R&D.

The newly created office will be led by G. Sayeed Choudhury, currently the associate dean for Digital Infrastructure, Applications, and Services and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University, home to the first university-based OSPO in the United States.


Helmholtz Open Science Briefing. Helmholtz Forum Research Software. Report

The Helmholtz Forum Research Software, which is jointly supported by the Task Group Research Software of the WG Open Science and the HIFIS Software Cluster, hosted a Helmholtz Open Science Forum on the topic of research software on April 7, 2022. The event was organized by the Helmholtz Open Science Office. The virtual forum was dedicated to three aspects in the open and sustainable use of research software in the Helmholtz Association: policy, practice, and infrastructures and tools. The event was the second in a series of Helmholtz Open Science Forums on the topic. The first event took place in May 2021 under the title “Policies for Research Software”. This report (in German) documents the event.

FFII | Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure information on software patents, enforcement of IP, trade agreements

“The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) is a European alliance defending your right to free and competitive software creation since 1999. We are working towards the mitigation of legal risks in software development. We do so by keeping software free from patents and promoting a digital infrastructure based on genuine open standards and free and open hardware and software.

The FFII famously made a difference to prevent a EU software patent directive and continues to shed light on the schemes of the patent system to enter the software sphere and detach itself from democratic and fiscal oversight. One recent example is the Unified Patent Court (UPC). A specialised court which fences patent reforms off. We rely on networking with the European Parliament members and partners from industry and civil society. Its work won the FFII the Outstanding contribution to software development prize by CNET….”

Data and Software for Authors | AGU

“AGU requires that the underlying data needed to understand, evaluate, and build upon the reported research be available at the time of peer review and publication. Additionally, authors should make available software that has a significant impact on the research. This entails:

Depositing the data and software in a community accepted, trusted repository, as appropriate, and preferably with a DOI
Including an Availability Statement as a separate paragraph in the Open Research section explaining to the reader where and how to access the data and software
And including citation(s) to the deposited data and software, in the Reference Section….”

Asclepias: Citing Software, Making Science

“The Asclepias Project builds networks of citations between the astronomical academic literature and software, helping you find the tools to push your research forward….

The Asclepias Project is a joint effort of the American Astronomical Society, the NASA Astrophysics Data System, Zenodo, and Sidrat Research, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.”

Mozilla and Open Web Docs working together on MDN – Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog

“For both MDN and Open Web Docs (OWD), transparency is paramount to our missions. With the upcoming launch of MDN Plus, we believe it’s a good time to talk about how our two organizations work together and if there is a financial relationship between us. Here is an overview of how our missions overlap, how they differ, and how a premium subscription service fits all this….

MDN and Open Web Docs are different organizations; while our missions and goals frequently overlap, our work is not identical. Open Web Docs is an open collective, with a mission to contribute content to open source projects that are considered important for the future of the Web. MDN is currently the most significant project that Open Web Docs contributes to….

Mozilla and Open Web Docs collaborate closely on sustaining the Web Docs part of MDN. The Web Docs part is and will remain free and accessible to all. Each organization shoulders part of the costs of this labor, from our distinct budgets and revenue sources….”

Helmholtz Open Science: Policy documents on Open Research Data and Open Research Software now available in English

Policy documents on Open Research Data and Open Research Software now available in English

February 22, 2022

Central policy documents on Open Research Data and Open Research Software of the Helmholtz Association are now available in English. These are: 

Open Research Data 

Recommendations for Policies of the Helmholtz Centers on Research Data Management

Open Research Software

Access to and Reuse of Research Software

Recommendations for the Implementation of Guidelines and Policies on Research Software Management at the Helmholtz Centers

Model Policy on Sustainable Software at the Helmholtz Centers

Checklist to Support the Helmholtz Centers in Implementing Policies on Sustainable Research Software

The Open Library Foundation Names First Open Source Project to its Project Incubation Program | Open Library Foundation

“The Open Library Foundation has invited the Library Data Platform (LDP) to be the first open source project to participate in its Project Incubation Program. The program is designed to support early-stage open source projects and communities that are developing the balanced and robust mix of technology, governance, resourcing and community engagement required to be self-sustaining.

Library Data Platform began in 2018 as an effort to provide a reporting platform for FOLIO, an open source library services platform, and also to promote open source analytics and data integration capabilities in libraries. The LDP project community currently supports both FOLIO and Project ReShare and offers software that can serve as an open analytics infrastructure for diverse applications….”

Germany and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) for researchers | EOSC-Pillar

In this webinar you will hear about EOSC, what EOSC can mean for you and what you can do to support EOSC, with a focus on the case of Germany. The webinar is organised by the EOSC-Pillar project, one of four regional projects that were launched specifically to bring EOSC closer to national research organisations and national data infrastructures.

Former Google CEO invests in computing help for university scientists | Science | AAAS

“Scientists at universities perform much of the world’s cutting-edge scientific research—often while relying on shaky, homemade computer software written by students and postdocs. Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Wendy Schmidt, his spouse, hopes to remedy that situation by investing $40 million over the next 5 years to establish a Virtual Institute for Scientific Software, the organization announced today. The institute will help scientists obtain more robust, flexible, and scalable “open-source” software that can be easily shared.

The institute will include centers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Johns Hopkins University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Washington (UW). Each university will hire software engineers who will help meet the needs of scientists, explains Eric Braverman, CEO of Schmidt Futures. “We believe that a network of people developing software will be essential to the onward development of so many areas in the scientific enterprise,” he says.”

Astronomy community shapes their own destiny with Astropy · GitHub

“Open source software provides the backbone for astronomical science. The Python ecosystem is particularly important to astronomers, who rely heavily on mathematical packages like NumPy and matplotlib for their work. Perhaps the most central tool in the modern astronomer’s workflow is Astropy, a collection of specialized Python tools built and maintained by and for the astronomical community. More than 400 people have contributed to Astropy, including astronomers and other scientists, software engineers, and infrastructure specialists….”