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g.citation: Scientific Citation for Individual GRASS GIS Software Modules

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Peter Löwe, Vaclav Petras, Markus Neteler, Helena Mitasova

In: PeerJ Preprints (2018), 6, e27206v1, 7 S.


The authors introduce the GRASS GIS add-on module g.citation. The module extends the existing citationcapabilities of GRASS GIS, which until now only provide for automated citation of the software projectas a whole, authored by the GRASS Development Team, without reference to individual persons. Thefunctionalities of the new module enable individual code citation for each of the over 500 implementedfunctionalities, including add-on modules. Three different classes of citation output are provided in avariety human- and machine-readable formats. The implications of this reference implementation ofscientific software citation for both for the GRASS GIS project and the OSGeo foundation are outlined.

Peter Löwe

Abteilungsleiter in der Abteilung Forschungsinfrastruktur

Keywords: GRASS GIS, Software citation, research code, code citation