Enabling software to be FAIR and accessible as a reproducible Service: The AuScope Scientific Software Solution Centre

Mr Geoffrey Squire1, Dr Carsten Friedrich1, Dr Jens Klump1, Mr Ryan Fraser1, Mr Nigel Rees2, Dr Lesley Wyborn2, Dr Mingfang Wu3

1CSIRO, Canberra, Australia, 2NCI, Canberra, Australia, 3ARDC, Canberra, Australia


Software plays an vital role in today’s research. Increasingly publishers are now requiring software supporting publications to be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Discoverable and Accessible (FAIR): it is no longer acceptable to have software only accessible through software repositories such as GIT and subversion.

The AuScope Scientific Software Solution Centre (SSSC) provides a sophisticated environment where scientific software can be: 1) published, 2) discovered, 3) shared with collaborators, and 4) described for automated execution. The current process of registering software at the SSSC captures description, license, versioning, and citation relevant information from the standardised metadata record and adds a machine-readable description of the software environment required to run it. With these elements, software from the SSSC can be chained together into workflows in virtual research environments. The workflow can be re-used by a scientific problem that requires similar solution. The SSSC allows researchers to publish descriptions of the scientific problems that the software helps to solve and publish solutions built with the software. The registry also has a configurable publication process with the option of peer review, and the ability for users to cryptographically sign submissions an establish a level of trust in the published software and solutions.

To increase discoverability, attribution and citation of software in the SSSC through standard services and registration in other catalogues and registries, the Geoscience DeVL has worked with the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) to adopt software citation principles as recommended by the FORCE11 Software Citation Recommendation and the Software Citation Implementation Group.


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