A National Research Software Agenda and Research Software at the ARDC
Dr Tom Honeyman1, Paula Martinez1
1Australian Research Data Commons, Sydney, Australia
This year the ARDC has produced an agenda designed to address recognition of research software as a first-class output of research. The agenda is first expressed through three high-level aims to “See, Shape and Sustain Research Software”, addressing code availability or visibility, the sufficient application of software engineering best practice, and supporting the maintenance of critical research software infrastructure. These are further broken down into consideration of the necessary infrastructure, guidance, communities and advocacy needed to address the three aims, given a total count of 12 actions.
The agenda characterises the various stakeholders needed to act on these actions. In an initial phase, the distribution of presumed interest in the agenda actions by these stakeholders was described. In a validation phase this was replaced by a measure of actual interest by stakeholders. Participants in the validation phase were asked to give their own priorities congruent with the aims of the agenda, and to nominate remaining gaps.
In this talk, the agenda framework and actions will be presented, alongside the outcomes of the validation. The ARDC will now begin to act on areas of the agenda on the basis of this feedback. The contribution that the ARDC intends to make towards recognition of research software as a first-class output of research will be described in the final part of this presentation through a set of new activities and opportunities.
Tom Honeyman is the manager of the Software Program at the Australian Research Data Commons. In this role he oversees a set of activities to work towards recognition of research software as a first class output of research.