Curated Archiving of Research Software Artifacts: Lessons Learned from the French Open Archive (HAL)

  • Roberto Di Cosmo Inria, Software Heritage, University of Paris, France
  • Morane Gruenpeter Software Heritage, University of L'Aquila, Italy
  • Bruno Marmol CCSD, Inria, France
  • Alain Monteil IES Inria
  • Laurent Romary Inria
  • Jozefina Sadowska IES Inria


Software has become an indissociable support of technical and scientific knowledge. The preservation of this universal body of knowledge is as essential as preserving research articles and data sets. In the quest to make scientific results reproducible, and pass knowledge to future generations, we must preserve these three main pillars:  research articles that describe the results, the data sets used or produced, and the software that embodies the logic of the data transformation.

The collaboration between Software Heritage (SWH), the Center for Direct Scientific Communication (CCSD) and the scientific and technical information services (IES) of The French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (Inria) has resulted in a specified moderation and curation workflow for research software artifacts deposited in the HAL the French global open access repository. The curation workflow was developed to help digital librarians and archivists handle this new and peculiar artifact - software source code. While implementing the workflow, a set of guidelines has emerged from the challenges and the solutions put in place to help all actors involved in the process.

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