Developing Guidelines for Metadata Collection and Curation in Research Software

Research software plays a crucial role in advancing scientific knowledge, and it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that the software is well-documented, maintained, and shared effectively. To address this, the FAIR Impact project organised a webinar titled "Developing Guidelines for Metadata Collection and Curation in Research Software" on 23 May 2023.

The goal of the webinar is to foster coordination and collaboration among various relevant projects and organisations, including the EOSC Task Forces, the CodeMeta Initiative, the FORCE11 Software Implementation WG, the joint FORCE11, RDA & ReSA FAIR for Research Software WG, the RDA Software Source Code IG, and the FAIRCORE4EOSC project, to ensure that the guidelines developed by FAIR-IMPACT are implemented in a collaborative and integrated manner.

During the webinar FAIR-IMPACT will show its exploration research software landscape, showcasing different guidelines and metadata vocabularies. FAIR-IMPACT will also address the need for standardised guidelines for collecting and curating metadata for all types of research objects, not only for researchers and developers but also for reviewers/moderators and publishers who handle software in their publication workflow.

The event will survey the ecosystem of scholarly infrastructures and review existing guidelines in this area, integrating feedback from the research community. 

Furthermore, the event will identify the required minimum metadata-set to archive, reference, describe and cite research software, and verify if it can be sufficiently described to answer different reuse and reproducibility use cases. Finally, FAIR-IMPACT will discuss the normalisation efforts of CodeMeta and its crosswalk table to extend interoperability, as well as exploring possible synergies with initiatives such as FAIR Computational Workflow principles and community efforts like Bioschemas.

In conclusion, this webinar will provide an overview of the guidelines for the collection and curation of metadata to archive, reference, describe and cite research software. This webinar is the only live event to contribute to the finalisation of the guidelines, due to the EU Commission at the end of June 2023.

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Agenda Points

  • Research Software in the FAIR-IMPACT project 
  • Preparing the guidelines - a large community effort 
  • D4.4 Guidelines for recommended metadata standard for research software within EOSC
  • Questions and Answers
  • How to contribute after this webinar?


Morane Gruenpeter, Inria, Software Heritage

After several years as a professional harpist, found a new career path in software engineering. In 2017, Morane joined the Software Heritage team at the Inria research center while finishing a Master's degree in Computer Science at the University Pierre et Marie Curie. During 2018-2019, she continued her research in collaboration with the European EU2020 CROSSMINER project on the software metadata challenge with the mission of building the Semantic Web of FOSS projects. Morane was also project manager of the HAL-SWH integration, enabling research software deposits on the French national archive. Morane is an active member of several working groups for Open Science and digital preservation, including the Research Data Alliance’s Software Source Code Interest Group (SSC IG), the FORCE11’s Software Citation Implementation Working Group (SCI WG), the joint RDA, ReSA & FORCE11 FAIR for Research Software (FAIR4RS), and Scicodes consortium. She is currently FAIR-IMPACT’s Task 4.3 lead and leads the FAIRCORE4EOSC research software activities on Work Package 6 and on the RSAC component (Research Software APIs and connectors)

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Developing Guidelines for Metadata Collection and Curation in Research Software