[Bioc-devel] Request for Comments on The NIH Software Discovery Index--a system for linking software, publications and users in the research community

Sean Davis sdavis2 at mail.nih.gov
Tue Oct 7 21:06:21 CEST 2014

On behalf of a number of software developers, end-users, publishers
associated with the scientific analysis community, we would like to invite
all of you to review a document generated as a result of a NIH BD2K
supported meeting that focused on the opportunities and challenges of
developing a software management ecosystem that could be valuable for
finding and linking software, publications and users in the research
community. You may be also be aware of a related project, the Data
Discovery Index, which will be fully integrated with the software system.
The product of this workshop and the subsequent discussion is a document
which details the opportunities and challenges of developing a Software
Discovery Index that would enable researchers to find, cite, and link
software and analysis tools publications and researchers. To ensure that
the opportunities, challenges, and recommendations detailed in the document
reflect the breadth of experience from the community, we are seeking your
input.  In conjunction with related efforts already under way at NIH,
including the development of a Data Discovery Index, the final document
will be used by the NIH Office of the Associate Director (ADDS) to inform a
strategy for the development of a Software Discovery Index and a commons
ecosystem for data, software, and resources.
We need your help to ensure that this critical task is achieved: to guide
the development of a community based system that gives credit and
acknowledgment to the builder and maintainers of the software we all depend
on! We invite all users, software developers, publishers, and software
repository administrators to review our report prior to its submission to
the NIH. Please complete your review and post comments by November 1,
2014. The link to the report is here: http://softwarediscoveryindex.org

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