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About ReSA

The vision of the Research Software Alliance (ReSA) is that research software is recognised and valued as a fundamental and vital component of research worldwide.

A wide range of research software organisations and programs exist internationally to address the varied challenges in software productivity, quality, reproducibility, and sustainability.

ReSA aims to coordinate across these efforts to leverage investments, to achieve the shared long-term goal of research software valued as a fundamental and vital component of research worldwide.

ReSA aims to achieve this through:

  • Promoting the inclusion of software as a first-class research output
  • Improving the ecosystem of research software from the technology through to the social structures that support it
  • Influencing decision makers to value research software and the people who develop it.

ReSA is a fiscally sponsored project of Code for Science & Society.

Why ReSA?

Software is pervasive in modern research, enabling the generation, analysis and/or presentation of research outputs. Research software is a key driver of innovation and the economy. ReSA focuses on software that is developed to serve a research purpose, rather than the standard software that some researchers also use for research purposes.

While software has started to be recognised internationally as a key part of facilitating trusted, reproducible research outputs and open science, recognition of research software as a valuable research input and output has lagged behind that of research data.

A lot still needs to be done to influence culture change towards research software across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including researchers, institutions, funders, and publishers, and to develop and promote standards for developing research software that meets the needs of reliable, reproducible, and reusable research.

Data implies software: it’s not much good gathering data if you don’t have the ability to analyse it.

Titus Brown

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