“Samvera Connect (hashtag #samvera2020) is a chance for the Samvera Community to come together with an emphasis on synchronizing efforts, technical development, plans, and community links. This year, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that we cannot meet face-to-face; instead we’re putting together an exciting, on-line event that we hope will capture many of the best bits that our in-person conference normally offers.  The meeting program is aimed at existing users, managers and developers and at new folks who may be just “kicking the tires” on Samvera and who want to know more. Samvera advertises this yearly conference with the slogan “as a Samvera Partner or user, if you can only make it to one Samvera meeting this academic year,  this is the one to attend!”  ”

To Spur Software Re-use in Research, CANARIE Awards up to $3.4M to Research Teams to Evolve their Platforms for Use by Other Researchers | CANARIE

“CANARIE announced today the selection of 13 successful projects from its latest Research Software funding call. This funding will enable research teams to adapt their existing research platforms for re-use by other research teams, including those working in different disciplines. As a result, new research teams from across Canada will be able to re-use previously funded and developed software to accelerate their discoveries.

The research workflow (data acquisition, storage, computation/processing, visualization, and data management) is common across all research disciplines. By adapting purpose-built software developed for this workflow so that other research teams can also benefit from them, the impact of public investments in research is maximized and time to discoveries can be accelerated:

More research funding is allocated to research, rather than to the development of software that already exists
Efficiencies in software development enable researchers to devote their time and resources to the research itself …”

GitHub Archive Program: the journey of the world’s open source code to the Arctic – The GitHub Blog

“At GitHub Universe 2019, we introduced the GitHub Archive Program along with the GitHub Arctic Code Vault. Our mission is to preserve open source software for future generations by storing your code in an archive built to last a thousand years.

On February 2, 2020, we took a snapshot of all active public repositories on GitHub to archive in the vault. Over the last several months, our archive partners Piql, wrote 21TB of repository data to 186 reels of piqlFilm (digital photosensitive archival film). Our original plan was for our team to fly to Norway and personally escort the world’s open source code to the Arctic, but as the world continues to endure a global pandemic, we had to adjust our plans. We stayed in close contact with our partners, waiting for the time when it was safe for them to travel to Svalbard. We’re happy to report that the code was successfully deposited in the Arctic Code Vault on July 8, 2020. …”

ReShare fall roadmap will focus on CDL and early implementers

“With the COVID-19 pandemic preventing many libraries from engaging in physical resource sharing this fall, Project ReShare announced at a community meeting held July 13 that its fall roadmap will include support for controlled digital lending (CDL). Work will continue concurrently on development of consortial resource sharing features required by ReShare’s early implementers.

ReShare plans to develop a minimum viable product to support CDL, the process of digitizing a physical item and lending a secure, electronic copy in its place. The CDL product will run on the ReShare platform, and can be used independently or alongside the system’s traditional resource sharing functions….”

Scaling Up a Collaborative Consortial Institutional Repository

“Within our IMLS grant project, we have been working hard with our product management team and developer Notch8 to define and develop consortially-focused improvements to Hyku. For example, last month we shared some logistics for building collaborative workflows, working towards a master dashboard to control multi-tenant user permissions.

At the same time as these development activities are taking place, this project has also focused on the practical aspect of making the existing version of Hyku usable for our consortial partners to pilot as a working institutional repository.  Our work has thus branched into two separate areas: Development and Production.

The Production arm of our work focuses on readying the existing Hyku Commons product for real-world pilot use starting this summer.  As a result of user testing from both the PALNI and PALCI sides, we’ve been submitting tickets for small bug fixes and minor improvements which are now happening parallel to the development of features as outlined in the IMLS grant.  Notch8 has devoted a lot of resources to our project in both arenas, and we’ve established a great working relationship and clear communication of needs from both sides….”

Doing Data Science on the Shoulders of Giants: The Value of Open Source Software for the Data Science Community · Harvard Data Science Review

Abstract:  Open source software is ubiquitous throughout data science, and enables the work of nearly every data scientist in some way or another. Open source projects, however, are disproportionately maintained by a small number of individuals, some of whom are institutionally supported, but many of whom do this maintenance on a purely volunteer basis. The health of the data science ecosystem depends on the support of open source projects, on an individual and institutional level.

Is a software revolution on the cards? | Research Information

“New research outputs also create new software challenges as a wide variety of formats must be integrated into existing information and knowledge systems. In fact, one of the main reasons researchers are not sharing data at scale are because they don’t know where to share it and lack incentives from the community to do so.

Existing tools, such as institutional repositories, content workflow or discovery services, do not put user experience or innovative discovery and dissemination concepts at the forefront, nor do they target specific formats such as pre-published research. As such, software services that can make content easily discoverable and useful for researchers are becoming all the more relevant and have a massive business opportunity in the scholarly ecosystem….

Having access to new kinds of highly relevant and useful software services helps businesses achieve success and accelerate their growth by providing a tailor-made solution to their needs.

There’s evidence that a similar shift is underway in scholarly publishing. The research workflow and the way that content is shared, discovered, and analysed is being reinvented to invigorate processes that are often decades-old….

Supporting researchers to do their best work while ensuring research is more accessible is a win for science and a win for sustainable business models.”

Netherlands commits to Free Software by default

“In an open letter to the Parliament, the Dutch minister for internal affairs Raymond Knops commits to a “Free Software by default” policy and underlines its benefits for society. Current market regulations shall be reworded to allow publishing Free Software by the government.

In the 2018 budget debate, Members of the Dutch Parliament raised questions about actively publishing Free Software by the government, and an ‘open source by default’ policy for procurement. These questions appealed to a report earlier in 2017 on a government-ordered inquiry in the options for publishing software under a Free and Open-Source-Software-License. The report states that adopting Free Software could make the government more transparent, as well as reduce costs and stimulate the economy. Additional efforts are deemed necessary to reap these benefits by ensuring readable and secure code and supporting the community at large. However, it also underlined the possibility that the government publishing Free Software could be considered unfair competition under current market regulations. Doing so would only be legal if the government abides by a strict set of regulations, which in its current form would render such publication nearly impossible….”