Citation File Format Hack Day @ RSE18

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The Citation File Format (CFF) is a human-centric, machine-readable format for software citation metadata. It is developed to provide an easy way for RSEs, and other developers of software in academia, to ensure that they can receive credit for their work; Likewise, it provides researchers with access to the necessary metadata for references to the software they use in their research. The Citation File Format follows the Software Citation Principles, and is compatible with the CodeMeta JSON-LD exchange format for software metadata. It is being developed in the context of the FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group and a wider community of stakeholders, including the Netherlands eScience Center. Recently, CFF has been adopted by as a source format, and its tools infrastructure is growing.

During a dedicated Hack Day on Wednesday, 5 September - co-locating with the 3rd Conference of Research Software Engineers (RSE18) in Birmingham - we want to a) give an overview of - and discuss - the Citation File Format, its tooling and workflows; b) discuss what tools would be necessary to facilitate, e.g., better usability, optimized workflows, or integration with other tools in the software citation workflow (reference managers, repositories, other formats, etc.); c) do some actual work around existing and new tools, as well as the Citation File Format itself and its documentation.

Participation is free and open to everyone, regardless of their skill set and experience.

Registration is through the registration form for #RSE18. If you don’t attend the main conference but want to participate in the hack day, please let me know per email at stephan [dot] druskat [at] hu-berlin [dot] de.

Participation is limited to 30 attendees, and participants will be selected on a first come first serve basis. You will be notified about your participation per email at the beginning of August (i.e., once registration is closed) at the latest. Please also consider this with regard to booking your accommodation and travel.

Accommodation for participants is available at Chamberlain Halls and can be booked through the main accommodation booking form. Note that accommodation for Wednesday night (5 September) is also available through this form for participants who do not travel after the end of the hack day on Wednesday.

Please get in touch with any questions and comments via email to stephan [dot] druskat [at] hu-berlin [dot] de.

Dates & agenda

  • Hack day: Wednesday 5 September 2018, 9:00-17:00
  • Venue: University of Birmingham, exact location tba
  • Agenda: tba

I’d like to thank the following for their great help and support in organizing this hack day:

  • #RSE18 organizing committee, especially Louise Brown, Claire Wyatt, and Catherine Jones
  • John Owen and Andrew Edmondson from the University of Birmingham’s IT Services and IT Research Support respectively

The hack day is financed through a grant from the Software Sustainability Institute. Many thanks!

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