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Software Deposit and Preservation Policy and Planning Workshop


Wednesday, 7 March 2018 from 10:30 to 16:30 (GMT)

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RDSS Software Preservation workshop 6 Mar 2018 Free  

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The Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) has been funded by Jisc to provide software deposit and preservation guidance, in particular to develop use cases and workflows for software deposit via the Research Data Shared Service (RDSS).  

As part of this project the SSI is working with Jisc to organise two community knowledge transfer and dissemination events with the aim of  reporting on best practice policy and planning for preserving research software, in relation to the RDSS. This first workshop will bring together interested RDSS pilot institutions, and other institutions interested in research software preservation, to provide a better understanding on the current practices, policy and guidance in this area. Following this workshop the SSI will produce a report and other materials to guide RDSS pilots in extending their work to include the management of research software. These outputs will be presented at a second event in the summer.

In particular, this first workshop will present the results of work done by the SSI to examine the current workflows used to preserve software as a research object as part of research data management procedures. It will also discuss the metadata currently curated in common workflows. The aim of this workshop is to get feedback on the ease of integration of these workflows with current and future RDM practice at institutions, and identify what metadata is required to ensure proper preservation of software as part of the RDSS, including interoperability with the RDSS Data Model and the proposed SWORD v3 specification. As a secondary objective, SSI and Jisc would like to gather initial input on how institutions are currently planning policy around identification and preservation of software research outputs.

If you have an interest in software deposit and preservation, are producing guidance on deposit and preservation activity, please register for the workshop via this Eventbrite page.





10:30 - 10:45

Welcome and Introductions

Christopher Brown

10:45 - 10:55

Introduction to Research Data Shared Service

Christopher Brown

10:55 - 11:10

Introduction to RDSS Software Project

Neil Chue Hong

11:10 - 11:30

Software deposit and preservation workflows

Mike Jackson

11:30 - 12:30

Group Discussions: Software deposit and preservation workflows

  • Comment on use cases
  • Identify missing cases
  • Decide on preferred cases

Mike Jackson,
Neil Chue Hong

12:30 - 13:15


13:15 - 13:45

Software metadata: current models

Mike Jackson

13:45 - 15:15

Group discussions: metadata

  • Comment on importance, usefulness, mandatory, optional metadata
  • Gain software developer, RDM manager, publisher perspectives
  • Identify problem points for curation

Neil Chue Hong,
Mike Jackson

15:15 - 16:15

Group discussions: best practice development and adoption in communities

  • Identifying key good practices
  • Understanding impact on infrastructure providers and RSE facilitators
  • Ways of gaining adoption of good practices

Neil Chue Hong

16:15 - 16:30

Wrap-up, next steps, and close

Neil Chue Hong

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Brettenham House (North)
5 Lancaster Place
WC2E 7EN London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 from 10:30 to 16:30 (GMT)

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