Brief Report | 06. May 2021

Sustainable research software in cultural heritage

Mehrere Computer in einem Raum

Historical computers on a table

"multiple historical computers standing on a table" CC0 Creator: Alex Motoc

Across all disciplines software is a crucial part of research processes and fulfills important functions in the collection of data, its processing and analysis, publication, re-use, and archiving. Therefore, software is closely interwoven with the process of research data management, and at the same time represents an object that has an underlying life-cycle and needs to be managed accordingly. This holds for software in general, but also in particular for research software.  

The focus of the consortium NFDI4Culture lies on research software which is used in the area of cultural heritage and the disciplines represented in NFDI4Culture (among others: architecture, arts history, musicology, theatre, film, and media studies). The aim is to foster and establish the conscious dealing with sustainability of software development, provide information on strategies for sustainability and develop suitable infrastructure components. This shall enhance the sustainability of software development in all underlying dimensions (e.g. technical, organisational, for education and teaching, and for the scientific political system).

On this grounds, on April 20, 2021 the first virtual meeting of the expert forum "Sustainable Software Development" was held. A detailed workshop report is now available at the DHd-Blog.