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The Citation File Format: Providing citation metadata for research software

Druskat, Stephan (2023) The Citation File Format: Providing citation metadata for research software. Zenodo. deRSE23 - Conference for Research Software Engineering in Germany, 20.-22. Februar 2023, Paderborn, Germany. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.7655140.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7655140


The Citation File Format (CFF) lets researchers and RSEs provide correct and complete citation metadata for the software they develop and maintain. The format is supported in different ways by tools and platforms such as GitHub, Zenodo, reference managers and IDEs. Currently, there are over 16,000 CITATION.cff files on GitHub alone, and the generated recommended citation information has been viewed over 1.2 million times. This talk provides an overview of the format itself, the tools that are available to work with CFF, and its above-mentioned integrations. It also gives an insight of the CFF project as an open project, the implementation of governance and funding. And finally, it presents a first look at how the format is used in real life, based on the analysis of a corpus of over 12,000 CFF files: what are the challenges, what works well, what should change.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/194285/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Citation File Format: Providing citation metadata for research software
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Druskat, StephanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4925-7248UNSPECIFIED
Date:19 February 2023
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Citation File Format, software citation
Event Title:deRSE23 - Conference for Research Software Engineering in Germany
Event Location:Paderborn, Germany
Event Type:national Conference
Event Dates:20.-22. Februar 2023
Organizer:de-RSE e.V. - Gesellschaft für Forschungssoftware
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Tasks SISTEC
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute for Software Technology
Institute for Software Technology > Intelligent and Distributed Systems
Deposited By: Druskat, Stephan
Deposited On:17 Mar 2023 13:05
Last Modified:17 Mar 2023 13:05

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