Dealing with software: the research data issues
Hong, Neil Chue
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Software underpins much of the scientific research undertaken today. As well as the “traditional” use of software for modelling and simulation, it is used to manage and control instruments, and analyse and visualise data. This permeation of the use of software into the mainstream of research across all disciplines has meant that it is increasingly difficult to reproduce and reuse the work of other researchers. The reproducible research principle requires the full computational environment to be published as well as the paper where the results are reported. This raises the question of whether the current data management policies and infrastructure provided by universities such as Edinburgh are capable of handling software as a digital research output through its lifecycle.