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Preserving and sharing software: an essential practice for Open Science

Preserving and sharing software: an essential practice for Open Science

| Sara Di Giorgio | News
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5 May 2022, 1:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Open Science Café with Roberto di Cosmo, Paolo Manghi and Shalini Kurapati

Scientific work is more and more linked to the use of software: 7 out of 10 researchers report that they cannot do without it, whether they develop it themselves or reuse the software of others. In the context of Open Science, the focus has so far been on access to literature and data, leaving software in the background. However, in order to ensure open and reproducible science, it is essential that this last important component is also properly documented, maintained, referenced and made as open as possible.

The fundamental role of software in achieving true open science will be discussed in the May Open Science Café, where Roberto di Cosmo will speak, with discussion support from Paolo Manghi and Shalini Kurapati as moderator. The café will be an opportunity to discuss the issue, and to learn about Software Heritage's work in curating, preserving and reusing software, also with a view to future generations.


Thursday 5 May 2022

13:50 - 14:00 Link opening and welcome

14:00 - 14:10 Introduction

14:10 - 14:35 Presentation by Roberto Di Cosmo

14:35 - 15:00 Q&A/Discussion

Who will speak

Shalini Kurapati works as an Open Science and Research Data Management Fellow at Politecnico di Torino (adjunct role). Her main role is as co-founder and CEO of, dealing with the evaluation and validation of Artificial Intelligence data and algorithms. In the past she was part of the first data stewardship project set up at TU Delft, to create skills and roles to advise researchers on RDM and FAIR data. She has 7 years of research experience at the intersection of technology, policy and management. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E).

Roberto Di Cosmo is a full professor of Computer Science at Paris Cité University and, after teaching for almost a decade at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, is currently on secondment to Inria. His research interests in theoretical computer science range from functional programming to parallel and distributed programming, the semantics of programming languages, type systems, rewriting and linear logic. More recently, he has focused on the new scientific problems posed by the general adoption of free software, to the adoption of which he has contributed since 1998 with books, seminars, articles and software. He created the Systematic Free Software Thematic Group in October 2007, then IRILL In 2010, a research structure dedicated to Free and Open Source Software. In 2015 he created, and now directs, Software Heritage, an international non-profit initiative in collaboration with UNESCO to build the universal archive of software source code. He leads the college dedicated to software in the French national committee for Open Science.

Paolo Manghi is a researcher at the Institute of Information Science and Technology (ISTI) of the National Research Council (CNR) in Pisa. He is the Chief Technology Officer of OpenAIRE AMKE, involved in scientific coordination and/or WPs in the H2020 projects EOSC-Future, EOSC-Enhance, OpenAIRE-Nexus, OpenAIRE-Connect, OpenAIRE-Advance, OpenAIRE2020 and many others. Its main areas of scientific interest today are data infrastructures for science and science communication infrastructures, with a focus on technologies supporting open access to scientific products, reproducibility and transparent evaluation of science.

Target audience

The webinar is realized for the Italian community and is addressed to researchers, research support staff, technicians, technologists interested in knowing the details of the most recent debate on Open Science. This webinar in particular will also benefit university IT managers and policy makers who are considering new tools and strategies for managing and sharing data and software in a FAIR way.


Register for the event (in Italian language only) at the following link