Astrophysics Source Code Library

Making codes discoverable since 1999

Alice Allen

Alice has been Editor of the ASCL since 2010. She is a member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), European Astronomical Society (EAS), Finnish Astronomical Society (Suomen Tähtitieteilijäseura), International Astronomical Union (IAU), and the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF). She has organized sessions on software at AAS, EWASS, and ADASS meetings and has participated in cross-disciplinary efforts such as CodeMeta, Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences, and a Dagstuhl seminar on Engineering Academic Software. She is a member of the FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group; she chairs its Best Practices for Software Registries Task Force and recently organized a workshop for software registries and repositories.

Alice is on the Astronomy Picture of the Day Evaluation and Advisory Committee and served on the Program Organizing Committee for ADASS from 2015 to 2018. She retired from the Federal Reserve Board in 2017, where she worked for the Division of Information Technology for 22 years. Prior to working for the Board, she worked in IT for a variety of organizations and had her own consulting company, which served organizations such as the US Environmental Protection Agency and Coca-Cola Enterprises. She is a graduate of the Hunter College School of Health Sciences, NY, NY.

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Selected Publications
Nine Best Practices for Research Software Registries and Repositories: A Concise Guide
Making organizational software easier to find in ASCL and ADS
Elevating the Role of Software as a Product of the Research Enterprise
Receiving Credit for Research Software
Implementing Ideas for Improving Software Citation and Credit

Schroedinger's code: A preliminary study on research source code availability and link persistence in astrophysics
Software metadata: How much is enough?
The Astropy Problem
Looking before Leaping: Creating a Software Registry
Astrophysics Source Code Library Enhancements

Astrophysics Source Code Library: Incite to Cite!
Practices in source code sharing in astrophysics
Astrophysics Source Code Library
Bring out your codes! Bring out your codes! (Increasing Software Visibility and Re-use)
Practices in Code Discoverability: Astrophysics Source Code Library