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Enabling Fine-Grained Scientific Citation for GRASS GIS Software Modules

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Peter Löwe, Vaclav Petras, Markus Neteler, Helena Mitasova

In: Preprints (2019), 2019040008


The authors introduce the GRASS GIS add-on module g.citation as an initial implementation of a fine-grained software citation concept. The module extends the existing citation capabilities of GRASS GIS, which until now only provide for automated citation of the software project as a whole, authored by the GRASS Development Team, without reference to individual persons. The functionalities of the new module enable individual code citation for each of the over 500 implemented functionalities, including add-on modules. Three different classes of citation output are provided in a variety human- and machine-readable formats. The implications of this reference implementation of scientific software citation for both for the GRASS GIS project and the OSGeo foundation are outlined.

Keywords: GRASS GIS; g.citation; software citation; open science; OSGeo; credit; rewards