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

To deliver on this mission, we invite the ReSA community to join us on these taskforces:

  • FAIR 4 Research Software: The FAIR principles provide a useful framework for improving the findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability of research software. Many of the FAIR principles can be directly applied to research software, where software and data can be treated as the same kind of digital research objects. However, specific characteristics of software – such as their executability, composite nature, continuous evolution and versioning – make it necessary to revise and extend the original principles. This taskforce has been convened in partnership with the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and FORCE11. For further information please contact Michelle Barker.
  • Evidence for the importance of research software. There’s the start of a list on the ReSA website. How can we add to this and make this information more widely utilised? In particular it would be good to find examples from a wider range of disciplines. Please email Michelle Barker if you’re interested in collaborating on this.
  • Register of research software funding opportunities. ReSA is facilitating the crowdsourcing of a list of funding opportunities to help its constituent members. This will include national/domain-specific opportunities, as well as those that are available globally. Challenges to be addressed include how we ensure this is presented in a useful way, how we can work together to keep this up to date, and how we collect this information. Please email Neil Chue Hong if you’re interested in collaborating on this.
  • Software landscape analysis. Given ReSA’s mission, there are multiple reasons that it’s important for us to understand the landscape of communities that are involved with software, in aspects such as preservation, citation, career paths, productivity, and sustainability. This taskforce identified and analysed the research software landscape in this blog posted by URSSI, SSI and Netherlands eScience Center on 11 March 2020. Readers are invited to continue to add or make corrections to the ReSA list of research software communities by making comments in the spreadsheet, which will continue to be curated by ReSA. Please email Daniel S. Katz if you are interested in writing a landscape paper based on further analysis and work.