The ReSA taskforce on evidence for the importance of research software is collecting evidence about the importance of software in research. That evidence can be from newspapers, blogs, peer-reviewed journals, policy documents, or even tweets. Do you have any resources to share?
- Add it directly to the ReSA Zotero group library (requires Zotero account)
- Submit a resource as an issue in GitHub (requires GitHub account)
- Email it directly to ReSA
The significant role that software plays in research has been identified in a range of surveys and studies:
- A UK survey of 1,000 randomly chosen researchers showed that more than 90% of researchers acknowledged software as being important for their own research, and about 70% of researchers said that their research would not be possible without software.
- A study of Nature papers from Jan-March 2016 reveals that “32 of the 40 papers examined mention software, and the 32 papers contain 211 mentions of distinct pieces of software, for an average of 6.5 mentions per paper.”
- The US National Science Foundation made 18,592 awards totaling $9.6 billion to projects that mentioned “software” in their abstracts between 1995-2016
- Major research breakthroughs acknowledge reliance on underlying research software tools:
- Software developed for research being used outside of research – These 7 CERN Spinoffs Show The Project Isn’t Just Theoretical