Open Research Software: SoFAIR: The Open University to Coordinate new International Project to Facilitate the Reproducibility of Research Studies
From a CORE Blog Post:
We are pleased to announce that the Open University has just been awarded a new research grant in the international CHISTERA Open Research Data & Software Call which aims to enhance the discoverability and reusability of open research software.
Open research software and data are pivotal for scientific innovation and transparency, but are often not cited as first-class bibliographic records. Much of these software mentions therefore remain concealed within the text of research papers, hampering their discoverability, attribution, and reuse. This, in turn, makes it harder to reproduce research studies. The SoFAIR project (from Making Software FAIR) aims to address this critical issue by enhancing the management of the research software lifecycle and ensuring research software and data adheres to the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles. The project will build on the existing capabilities of the open scholarly infrastructures operated by the project partners. SoFAIR is a €499k international project coordinated by (1) The Open University in partnership with (2) INRIA, France; (3) Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic; (4) the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), Poland; and (5) The European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), United Kingdom. SoFAIR is funded under the 2022 CHIST-ERA Open and Reusable Research Data and Software (ORD) call.
The project will build on the existing capabilities of the open scholarly infrastructures operated by the project partners, specifically the CORE aggregator (operated by The Open University), the HAL repository and the Software Heritage Foundation archive operated by INRIA and Europe PMC operated by EMBL-EBI.
The project’s overarching goal is a comprehensive solution consisting of several interlinked components encompassing machine learning-assisted identification of research software within scholarly manuscripts, validation by authors and subsequent registration with persistent identifiers (PIDs), culminating in permanent archival.
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