Research Software Directory
An important aspect of eScience is the development of new software technologies to enable scientists to make new scientific breakthroughs. Our Research Software Directory contains all the research software we develop and apply in our collaborative projects. You can visit this website here. The Research Software Directory aims to promote the impact, the exchange and re-use of best practices and to prevent fragmentation and duplication of research software.
Encouraging the re-use of research software
Software is an integral part of academic research. In collaboration with researchers we develop software that can be used across disciplines. We believe that re-usable, open research software is just as important to academic research as are open access publications and open data.
To encourage the re-use of research software and to promote reproducibility, we developed the Research Software Directory. It encourages re-use via three ways:
- Facilitating researchers to find and quickly judge the relevance and quality of research software
- Encouraging developers to make their research software findable and accessible
- Facilitating funders and policy makers to judge the impact of investments in research software
Software in context
All software on the Research Software Directory is presented within its research context. Every page contains links to research papers, projects, and presentations for example. The pages also show a social context - who are the developers, how active is the development, are there any tutorials, blog posts, or videos?
Are you a researcher?
For you, the Research Software Directory makes research software findable and accessible. It provides concise and contextual information about research software to help you judge its relevance for your purposes.
Are you a developer?
Recognition for the quality and impact of the research software you develop is important for you. It should therefore be findable and accessible - in such a way that it helps researchers judge its quality and relevance, and funders and policy makers to judge its impact.
Are you a funder of software?
Developing research software in a sustainable way requires a lot of investment. For you it is important to be able to judge the impact of such investments. The Research Software Directory explores ways to demonstrate the impact of research software, for example by linking software to publications and other mentions in public sources.
Do you have feedback?
We are happy to hear from you how we can improve the Research Software Directory. Or maybe you or your organization wants to join this initiative? Send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interview with Prof. Rob van Nieuwpoort (Director eScience Technology), Dr. Willem van Hage (Technical Lead Data Management & Analytics), Dr. Jason Maassen (Technical Lead Efficient Computing).
The Research Software Directory aims to promote the impact, the exchange and re-use of best practices and to prevent fragmentation and duplication of research software.