The FAIRCORE4EOSC project focuses on the development and realisation of core components for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Supporting a FAIR EOSC and addressing gaps identified in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). Leveraging existing technologies and services, the project will develop nine new EOSC-Core components aimed to improve the discoverability and interoperability of an increased amount of research outputs.
CERN specifically participates with Zenodo/InvenioRDM in the Research Software APIs and Connectors (RSAC) subcomponent.
The Research Software APIs and Connectors (RSAC) ensure the long-term preservation of research software in different disciplines. APIs and connectors will be developed to interconnect research outputs infrastructures with the Software Heritage universal source code archive, using the CodeMeta standard, and the Software Heritage intrinsic identifiers (SWHID). The development of the sub-components is divided by the type of the infrastructure: scholarly repositories, publishers, and aggregators.
In 2021, the Scholarly Infrastructures of Research Software (SIRS) report, was published including a set of recommendations to allow EOSC to include software, in the scholarly ecosystem, next to publications and data. The SIRS report was built upon a survey and documentation of a representative panel of notable operational infrastructures across Europe, comparing their scopes and approaches. A subset of these Research Software infrastructures joined forces to turn the SIRS recommendations into reality through the FAIRCORE4EOSC project.
One of the WP6 objectives is to develop tools and services for archival, reference, description, and citation of research software artifacts, by implementing the key recommendations of the EOSC SIRS report to interconnect scholarly repositories, publishers, and aggregators with the Software Heritage universal source code archive, using the CodeMeta standard, and the Software Heritage intrinsic identifiers (SWHID).
API and Connectors Between Scholarly Repositories, Publishers, Aggregators, and Software Heritage will be integrated into the following operational infrastructures that are used by research communities:
The RSAC (Research Software APIs and Connectors) component will improve interoperability between various infrastructures catering to research software. This component has a significant impact on the four pillars of the SIRS report, namely Archive, Reference, Describe, and Cite.
We believe that the development of the RSAC component is a significant step towards creating appropriate means, tailored for research software, in the scholarly ecosystem.