FAIR and Open Computer Science Research Software

Hasselbring, Wilhelm, Carr, Leslie, Hettrick, Simon, Packer, Heather and Tiropanis, Thanassis (2019) FAIR and Open Computer Science Research Software cs.SE . arXiv, New York. DOI https://arxiv.org/abs/1908.05986.

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Abstract

In computational science and in computer science, research software is a central asset for research. Computational science is the application of computer science and software engineering principles to solving scientific problems, whereas computer science is the study of computer hardware and software design.
The Open Science agenda holds that science advances faster when we can build on existing results. Therefore, research software has to be reusable for advancing science. Thus, we need proper research software engineering for obtaining reusable and sustainable research software. This way, software engineering methods may improve research in other disciplines. However, research in software engineering and computer science itself will also benefit from reuse when research software is involved.
For good scientific practice, the resulting research software should be open and adhere to the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable and repeatable) to allow repeatability, reproducibility, and reuse. Compared to research data, research software should be both archived for reproducibility and actively maintained for reusability. The FAIR data principles do not require openness, but research software should be open source software. Established open source software licenses provide sufficient licensing options, such that it should be the rare exception to keep research software closed.
We review and analyze the current state in this area in order to give recommendations for making computer science research software FAIR and open. We observe that research software publishing practices in computer science and in computational science show significant differences.

Document Type: Report (Research Report)
Keywords: FAIR, Open Science, Research Software
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Software Engineering
DOI etc.: https://arxiv.org/abs/1908.05986
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2019 07:57
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 07:01
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/47515

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