International workshop “Software, Pillar of Open Science”


Attendance is by invitation

Software has now become essential in all areas of scientific research, both as a research tool, as a research product and as a research object. In the quest to make research results reproducible, and pass knowledge to future generations, we must preserve these three main pillars: research articles that describe the results, the data sets used or produced, and the software source code that embodies the logic of the data transformation. 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 Committee for Open Science, is to bring together high-level stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds, including founders, research evaluation bodies, infrastructures and academic Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs), researchers, software research engineers, to share their experiences and views on research software.

The workshop will feature 3 panel sessions in which speakers will focus on major dimensions of relevance to software in Open Science:

  • Recognize and support the dissemination of software
  • Software as a key pillar for reproducible research
  • Highlight the social impact of software


13:15 | Welcome and registration of the attendees

14:00 | Welcome address and opening


  • Nicolas Fressengeas: Open Science Officer in charge of international affairs for the French ministry of Higher Education and Research
  • Roberto Di Cosmo: Co-Pilote of the « Software and Source Code » College at the Committee for Open Science

14:15 | Panel session: “Recognition of research software contributions and visibility of research software”

Chairs Mathieu Giraud and Violaine Louvet

This session will highlight the importance of recognizing research software contributions and making them visible. Methodologies and expectations around research software catalogs and tools to monitor software’s evolution will be addressed. Mechanisms such as national awards and other approaches to career recognition for software contributions by researchers and engineers will also be discussed.


  • Michelle Barker: Director of the Research Software Alliance (ReSA), Former director of the Australian Research Data Common (ARDC)
  • Jean-Paul Chaput: Research Engineer, Analog and Mixed Signal Team, LIP6
  • Sandrine Blazy: Professor, University of Rennes, Deputy director, IRISA laboratory
  • Jean-Marie Saurel : Research Engineer, Institut de Physique du Globe (Paris)
  • Eric Jeangirard : Data Scientist, Ministry of Higher Education and Research (France)

15:15 | Panel session: “Software contribution to research reproducibility”

Chair: Nicolas Rougier

This session focuses on the contribution of software to research reproducibility. The discussions will aim to identify challenges, opportunities, and best practices to enhance reproducibility and transparency in research, emphasizing the role of software and development practices.


  • Sorina Camarasu-Pop: Research Engineer in Distributed Computing at CREATIS laboratory, Lyon. Managing director of the Virtual Imaging Platform. Laureate of the CNRS crystal medal in 2021
  • Anne Laurent: Professor in Computer Science. Vice-president for Open Science and Research Data at Montpellier University. Head of the Computer Science and Management Department. Director of ISDM.
  • Etienne Roesch: Professor in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. Programme Director of the MSc Cognitive Neuroscience. Deputy Director of CINN.

16:00 | Coffee break

16:20 | Panel session: “Social impact and sustainability of publicly funded research software”

Chair: Daniel Le Berre

Impact is a broad concept that goes beyond mere technological transfer, and software sustainability need to be addressed from financial, organizational, and technical perspectives. This session will explore this complex issue, reviewing guidelines from funders and institutions, as well as various approaches to support and maintain over time software that has proven use.


17:35 | Closing remarks


  • Bhanu Neupane (Unesco) : Programme Manager for ICT and Sciences and Open Access to Scientific Research
  • Marin Dacos: National Coordinator for Open Science for the French ministry of Higher Education and Research

Practical information

    • Welcome desk (open from 07:30 to 19:30 | + 33 (0) ) Ministry for Higher Education and Research : 25 rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève – 75005 Paris
    • Amphithéâtre « Poincaré  »
    • Metro: lign 10, « Cardinal Lemoine »; lign 7 « Jussieu »
    • Bus: ligns 63 and 86 « Monge-Mutualité »
    • Public transportation information:
    • Attendance is by invitation

Organizing committee

    • Isabelle Blanc, Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
    • Roberto Di Cosmo, Inria and Université Paris Cité, Software Heritage
    • Mathieu Giraud, CNRS, Université de Lille
    • Daniel Le Berre, Université d’Artois, CNRS
    • Violaine Louvet, CNRS / Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann – Université Grenoble Alpes
    • Nicolas Rougier, Inria, Université de Bordeaux, CNRS
Date et Heure
29 novembre 2023 29 novembre 2023
Paris, France


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