The document presents the highlights of the ‘Software pillar of open science’ meeting organised by the Committee for Open Science  on 23rd November 2023.

Highlights of the “Software Pillar of Open Science” workshop

Isabelle BLANC (French Ministry for Higher Education and Research)
Roberto DI COSMO (Inria and Paris Cité University, director of Software Heritage)
Mathieu GIRAUD (CNRS, University of Lille)
Daniel LE BERRE (University of Artois, CNRS)
Violaine LOUVET (CNRS, Grenoble Alpes University)
Nicolas ROUGIER (Inria, University of Bordeaux, CNRS)

Novembre 2023

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Software has become essential in all areas of scientific research, both as a tool for research, a product of research, and a research object in itself. In the quest to make research results reproducible, and pass knowledge to future generations, we must preserve three main pillars: the research articles that describethe results, the data sets used or produced, and the software source code that embodies the logic of the data
transformation. Indeed, the preservation of software source code is as essential as preserving research articles and data sets.

The main aim of this in-person half-day event, organized by the French Committee for Open Science on November 29th 2023, was to bring together high-level stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds, including researchers, research software engineers, research evaluation bodies, infrastructures, academic open source program offices (OSPOs), and financial backers, to share their experience and views on research software.

The workshop featured three panel sessions, in which speakers focused on major dimensions of relevance to software in open science:
− Acknowledgment of software as a key pillar for reproducible research;
− Recognition and support for the dissemination of software;
− Highlighting of the social impact of software.

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About the workshop

1 | Welcome addresses

1.1 | Welcome address from Roberto Di Cosmo

1.2 | Welcome address from Nicolas Fressengeas

2 | Highlights from the sessions

2.1 | Recognition of research software contributions and visibility of research software

2.2 | Software contribution to research reproducibility

2.3 | Social impact and sustainability of publicly funded research software

3 | Closing remarks

3.1 | Closing remarks from Bhanu Neupane

3.2 | Closing remarks from Marin Dacos

4 | Resources of interest