Judy Schmidt, our designer/developer, and I have a new paper, “Looking before Leaping: Creating a Software Registry,” in the Journal of Open Research Software. The article is open access and can be found here: http://doi.org/10.5334/jors.bv
When I started work on the ASCL in 2010, I wanted to understand why the original ASCL — started in 1999 — and other previous similar resources had not reached critical mass. I looked at these resources, what they offered, and how they were structured, and for some of them, talked with the people who had started them, to see what I could learn from their experiences. In addition, Robert Nemiroff and I have had many conversations about the early days of the ASCL, and I also talked with researchers who used some of these services. The lessons from this look back has informed our work on the ASCL. My background in change management has also been helpful in determining the ASCL’s path forward. In the paper, we share not only some of what was learned, but also specific steps we’ve taken, why we’ve taken them, how the ASCL has changed over time, and some of our future plans.
The first version of this paper was accepted for the 2nd Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE2), which took place in New Orleans in November 2014, and was later revised for publication.