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tools for assessment and categorization of research software

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Research Software Encyclopedia

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The Research Software Encyclopedia (rse) is software to query and otherwise interact with a database of research software, and a research software taxonomy. It is intended for research software engineers to be able to better qualify and quantify the work that they do. The rse uses the following resources:

  • rseng/rseng: serves the taxonomy and criteria
  • rseng/software: is a static (flat file) "database" that is updated automatically.

Unlike traditional software databases, the rse and supporting tools are completely hosted and automated without need to manage a server. The rse works by way of regularly scraping known research software databases, and then adding entries to rseng/software. Users are then (also automatically) prompted to answer questions about criteria and taxonomy via social media and chat (not developed yet). Non-traditional use cases for the rse are generating a static web-site of your own research software! See the tutorials section of the criteria and taxonomy site to get started.

Read the documentation to get started with interacting with the research software encyclopedia.


  • Free software: MPL 2.0 License

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