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ReSA News: March 2021

FAIR4RS Update

The ReSA/RDA/FORCE11 FAIR for Research Software (FAIR4RS) Working Group will share the first draft of the FAIR principles for research software at the {Research Data Alliance (RDA) 17th Plenary}( from April 20-23. Stay tuned for further information on other opportunities to engage in this discussion on this draft as well. A recent output of this Working Group is also the opinion piece, Taking a fresh look at FAIR for research software (Katz, Gruenpeter & Honeyman).

There’s still time to sign up to Collaborations Workshop 2021 (CW21) from 30 March to 1 April 2021. The themes of CW21 are:

  • FAIR Research Software
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Software Sustainability

The agenda includes a Keynote on FAIR Research Software by Dr Michelle Barker, discussion sessions and collaborative ideas sessions to develop your own ideas, and mini workshops with a FAIR focus such as:

See you there!

Building research software communities

More than 50 people joined the recent SORSE event: Building Research Software Communities: How to increase engagement in your community. While you’re waiting for the recording of some of the workshop to become available on the SORSE channel, you can join community engagement for research software communities conversations through options including:

Volunteer to be a software expert at EGU21

Volunteer to be a data or software expert for the upcoming Virtual Data Help Desk to be hosted during the first week of the 2021 European Geosciences Union General Assembly (#vEGU21: Gather Online; 19-23 April 2021). The Data Help Desk, which is a program of the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), the European Geosciences Union (EGU), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and their partners, connects researchers with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain to learn about skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software more open and FAIR. You can volunteer to take part in one or more of the following ways:

  • Answer earth science data (and software) questions (monitor platform and answer where you can);
  • Share a recorded demo (share a brief recorded demo of a tool or resource, ideally <5 min);
  • Share a one-pager about your tool or resource.

To volunteer, please complete this brief form by 5 April 2021 and see more details in the Volunteer Guidelines. Don’t miss this chance to help others with data- or software-related questions and to demo your tool or platform! Questions? Contact

Community news

  • The International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) enables open and FAIR neuroscience. The 2021 INCF Assembly is planned for April 19-28, 2021 as a virtual meeting. Abstract submission is open until March 31.
  • The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications in support of open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research. The goal of the program is to support software maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement for these critical tools.
  • Research software sustainability in the Netherlands: Current practices and recommendations (van Eeuwijk et al.) is a new report by the National Coordination Point Research Data Management (lcrdm) task group on research software sustainability includes a survey of current research software practices and policy recommendations to stimulate the development, use and recognition of sustainable research software.
  • The upcoming 1st International Workshop on the Body of Knowledge for Software Sustainability (BoKSS’21) seeks to create a knowledge base of actionable results that will transform sustainable software engineering practices from a novel research area into a robust, repeatable, teachable practice area within software engineering. There’s a range of accepted papers that would interest the ReSA community on the BOKSS’21 topics: Practices for software sustainability; Metrics and measures for software sustainability; Software sustainability institutes; Research Software Engineers' Applied, or experimented with, software engineering methodologies at all levels (from requirements elicitation to architecture design, coding, testing).
  • IEEE ComputerSociety March 9 tweet: Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Gender imbalance in #science is an established and well-known phenomenon, however, commits by female authors are growing steadily, providing hope of a more gender-balanced future in #software: Gender Differences in Public Code Contributions: A 50-Year Perspective.
  • Last month, the Academic Data Science Alliance and the US-RSE Association hosted an early career panel: “What do data scientists and research software engineers do in academia?” This included data scientists and research software engineers talking about their career paths, where and how to find these positions, and what to expect when working in these fields. A recording of the event is available on the US-RSE YouTube channel.
  • Videos of the 2020 FAIR Convergence Symposium co-organised by CODATA and GO FAIR are now available from GO-FAIR. These include several sessions on aspects of FAIR for research software.

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ReSA’s vision is that research software be recognised and valued as a fundamental and vital component of research worldwide. The ReSA mission is to bring research software communities together to collaborate on the advancement of research software.