Helmholtz Open Science Workshop “Access to and reuse of scientific software”


HGF Open Science LogoWith the ongoing digitization of research and teaching, the number of software solutions developed at academic institutions to be used to process scientific data rises. The requirements of open accessibility and re-use of scientific results can only be ensured, if research data and program code are made openly accessible. Problems, challenges, solutions and recommendations on access to and reuse of scientific software will be discussed with reference to the following topics:

  • Business modells
  • Licensing and other legal aspects
  • Personal, education, career paths
  • Reproducibility
  • Standards and quality assurance
  • Technical infrastructures
  • Citation and recognition
  • Visibility and modularity

The workshop consists of lectures in plenary and theme-oriented, interactive sessions, where people discuss key topics and develop solutions.

The results of the workshop have been summarized and published in the form of a report:

>>>  Workshop Report #hgfos16 <<<

Date and place

  • Workshop begin: Tuesday, 22. November 2016, 13:00 p.m.
  • Workshop end: Wednesday, 23. November 2016, 15:15 p.m.
  • Place: Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Bautzner Landstraße 400, 01328 Dresden, Building 106 (lecture room) und 114 (events area)


Here you can find the ->programm.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Sünje Dallmeier-Tiessen and Dr. Johannes Köster
Workshop Hashtag: #hgfos16

Target Group

The workshop is aimed at people from the Helmholtz Association and from other non-university institutions and universities that deal with access to and reuse of scientific software. In particular, young scientists are invited to bring in their experiences around the handling of scientific software.

Registration, costs, accommodation and travel

To participate in the free-of-charge workshop a registration until October 7th is required.

Please use the ->Registration Formular.

The number of participants is limited to 70 people.

We have reserved for you the following hotel:

Hotel: ibis Königstein Dresden
Arrival / Departure: 22./23.11.2016

Prices: single room € 58.00 per room / night including breakfast,
         double room € 78.00 per room / night incl.breakfast

key word: „Open Science Workshop“ (Deadline: 24.10.2016)
Reservation at: Tel.: 0351 48562000 / Fax: 0351 48562999 / E-Mail: reservierung@ibis-dresden.de

Here you can find information for arrival, in addition we will organize bus transfers (info to follow).

Organizer and Contact Persons

The workshop is organized as part of the activities of the Task Group "access to and reuse of scientific software" of the Working Group Open Science of the Helmholtz Association with support from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and the Helmholtz Open Science Coordination Office.

Contact Persons:

Recommended Reading

[1] Artaza, H., Chue Hong, N., Corpas M., et al., Top 10 metrics for life science software good practices, F1000Research 2016, 5 (ELIXIR):2000,  DOI: http://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.9206.1

[2] Hettrick, Simon. (2016) Research Software Sustainability: Report on a Knowledge Exchange Workshop,

[3] Smith AM, Katz DS, Niemeyer KE, FORCE11 Software Citation Working Group. (2016) Software Citation Principles. PeerJ Preprints 4:e2169v4,

[4] Druskat, Stephan. (2016) A Proposal for the Measurement and Documentation of Research Software Sustainability in Interactive Metadata Repositories,

[5] Umweltbundesamt. (2014) Dokumentation des Fachgesprächs „Nachhaltige Software“ am 28.11.2014,

[6] Journal of open research software

[7] WSSSPE (Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences) Reports,