Software Heritage Symposium and summit 2023

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Published on: 16/01/2023

"Software Heritage annual community event:

Software is all around us: it powers our industry, fuels innovation, supports scientific research and lies at the heart of our societies. 
The Software Heritage project, launched in 2016 by Inria (France), aims at collecting, preserving, and making readily available the source code of all software ever written, building an essential infrastructure at the service of cultural heritage, digital development, science, industry, and society as a whole. 

On April 3rd, 2017, a landmark partnership agreement was signed between UNESCO and Inria to establish a framework for collaboration on preserving the knowledge embedded in software source code, and making it widely available, centered around the ongoing development of the Software Heritage archive within the framework of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme.

In 2021 we celebrated the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the project. This year, in 2023, we’re gathering to take stock of the achievements and status of the initiative, and to highlight the relevance of its mission in the context of today’s dynamic digital innovation landscape. "



9:30 Welcome address

10:00 Panel on Software Source code as part of Memory of the World
  • Claire Gillissen-Duval, Senior Director, EMEA & MEE Corporate Social Responsibility, Global Corporate Affairs, SAP 
  • Lai Tee Phang Chair, Preservation Sub-Committee of the UNESCO MoW International Advisory Committee, National Archives of Singapore, National Library Board  (TBC) 
  • Natasa Milic-Frayling CEO, Intact Digital Ltd; UNESCO Preservation Sub-Committee; Professor Emerita, University of Nottingham 
  • Brigitte Vézina, Director of Policy and Open Culture, Creative Commons
10:45 Perspectives on long term preservation
  • DNA storage and the future for long term archival (Marc Antonini, coordinator of the MoleculArXiV flagship project)
  • Large scale compression of software source code (Paolo Ferragina, Pisa University)
  • The ENEA Software Heritage mirror (Giovanni Ponti, Head of Division for Development of Computer Science Systems and ICT at ENEA)
11:15 Open Science Panel
  • Steve Crawford, Open Source Science Initiative Lead, NASA
  • Karel Luyben, President of the EOSC Association
  • Bhanu R Neupane, Advisor, ICT and Sciences and Open Solutions, UNESCO
12:00 Perspectives from industry and public administration
  • Open Source and Open Ecosystems (Jessica Marz, Director, open source program office, Intel)
  • Software reuse for public administration through source code sharing (EU DIGIT, TBC)
  • Software Source Code as a key for Innovation (Florent Kirchner, SGPI, France)
12:30 News from the Software Heritage Community
13:00 Closing and group photo
Physical location
UNESCO headquarters,
7 Pl. de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris, France