Challenges in Code Discoverability

Peter Teuben (University of Maryland), Alice Allen, Calverton, MD
Robert Nemiroff, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
Lior Shamir, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI


Much of scientific progress now hinges on the reliability,
falsifiability and reproducibility of computer source codes.
Astrophysics in particular is a discipline that today leads other
sciences in making useful scientific components freely available
online, including data, abstracts, preprints, and fully published
papers, yet even today many astrophysics source codes remain hidden
from public view. In this presentation we review the importance and
history of source codes in astrophysics and previous efforts to develop
ways in which information about astrophysics codes can be shared.
We also discuss why some scientist coders resist sharing or publishing
their codes, the reasons for and importance of overcoming this resistance,
and alert the community to a reworking of one of the first attempts,
the Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL). We discuss the implementation
of the ASCL in an accompanying poster paper.

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Paper ID: O27

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