Research software plays a vital role in today’s research, but often this role is not recognized. That's why The Netherlands eScience Center in collaboration with the Helmholtz Association has developed the Research Software Directory to facilitate the online discoverability of relevant research software for researchers. This online platform is available as a service (https://research-software-directory.org) for any individual or organization who works with research software. It offers a simple way to showcase research software and the impact it has on research, industry and society.
By combining metadata from various online sources (such as GitHub, Gitlab, Zenodo, DataCite, etc.) the Research Software Directory is able to present software in its academic and social context, including associated research projects, publications, data, blogs, contributors and more. The platform provides insight into the impact the software has on research and beyond, and encourages proper citation of research software to ensure researchers and RSEs get credit for their work.