A new initiative called ScienceSoft hopes to assist scientific communities in their search for the software they need to carry out their research.
ScienceSoft is currently in an early scoping phase, but has been set up to promote the development and use of open source software for scientific research. The initiative is being coordinated by EMI, in collaboration with a number of organisations with expertise in developing or using grid and cloud software.
The ‘open community,’ when it’s developed, could provide a marketplace to match user needs to software products and services. Other proposed ideas have been to provide catalogues (people catalogues, software services, a skills database) as well as an honour system (who likes what and why), and a citation system to allow software to be referenced in papers.
Until June 2012, ScienceSoft is looking for ideas from community members, editors, and developers to offer advice on functionality, content, and implementation. GridCast interviewed EMI Project Director, Alberto Di Meglio about the main motivations behind developing ScienceSoft at last week’s EGI Community Forum.
If you are interested in joining the community and contributing your ideas, register at http://sciencesoft.org/join