A research infrastructure for open science
One of the most significant recent developments in software archiving is Software Heritage (SH), the biggest Open Source code archive in the world, which aims at collecting, storing and sharing all source codes that have ever been produced. Codes and softwares broadly represent, along with hardwares, the basis for research and technology linked to the digital world and all its applications, which are themselves crucial for the development of general knowledge, from the social to the productive system.
The project Software Heritage is promoted by INRIA in cooperation with UNESCO. At ENEA in Bologna the first European institutional “mirror” of the archive will be available, contributing to ensuring its security and accessibility and also making it possible to consolidate and strengthen scientific research in this field.
The existence of the Archive persuaded ENEA-UNIBO-SH to launch a design research project in the field of Big Code also taking advantage of the potential of Software Heritage, a genuine mine of knowledge accumulated over the last 70 years.
Goals of the project
- Expanding and consolidating expertise on “Big Code” through an open infrastructure, accessible to research, industry and citizens communities.
- Involving local institutions (the Emilia-Romagna region, businesses, museums, schools) and citizens;
- Increasing the level of digital awareness.