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HIFIS Software will build and foster communities to support the necessary cultural change in science when dealing with research software. We will build and run an exchange network between the Helmholtz centers and will also provide guidance on how to build communities of practice.

HIFIS Community Services

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Helmholtz Research Software Directory

As software becomes more and more important within research, the more we see the need for a RSD (Research Software Directory). A RSD is a catalogue for research software. This is based on the facts that software can be infinitely reusable within multiple different projects and currently almost no easy way of finding other researchers software exists. We have plans to establish a Helmholtz-wide RSD to support the findability and reusability. Therefore we are evaluating the reuse of the dutch RSD for our purposes.

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Society of Research Software Engineering

As part of our community activities we are also active within the global RSE community. We share their vision of giving software a more dominant role within research and establishing research software as essential outcome of research activities. As part of our common activities, we participate regularly in community meetings or calls and co-organise RSE related events. So far we contributed to the following conferences:

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Helmholtz Software Spotlights

The Helmholtz Software Spotlights is the public face of the Helmholtz Network for Research Software Engineering and shall become a unique place across all research fields presenting best in class software in different categories from all Helmholtz centres to the public and interested stakeholders in one place. Opening research software as a product of the scientific work and a backbone of modern science helps acquiring cooperation internationally, for future scientific endeavors with new partners, for the transfer of knowledge into society and industry, and for adoption of research result by the industry. The collection is intended to become a "flagship" of the Helmholtz Association for research software that appeals equally to research, citizens, industry and politics.

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