The INCF/OCNS Software Working Group

WG meeting 21 October 2021

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash.

These are the meeting logs from the Software WG meeting that was held on 21st October 2021. The next progress meeting will be held in ~4 weeks time. For any clarifications and suggestions, please feel free to contact the current WG chairs at webmaster AT cnsorg DOT org.

Preset agenda

This was the loose agenda that was set up before the meeting.


  • Ankur Sinha, Silver Lab at University College London: Open Source Brain/NeuroML/NeuroFedora.
  • Marcel Stimberg, Institut de la Vision/Sorbonne Université (Paris France), Brian simulator.
  • Shailesh Appukuttan, Neuro-PSI, CNRS: HBP related tools/PyNN.
  • Thomas Nowotny, University of Sussex: GeNN/PyGeNN/Brian2GeNN.
  • Felix B. Kern, University of Tokyo: StdpC.
  • Brent Huisman, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Joe Graham, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Stewart Heitmann: Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute


  • We will begin working on the next round of Dev sessions: NetPyNE, NeuroML, tools from the NeuralEnsemble project.
  • We agreed that our “Dev sessions” do not necessarily have to be developer centric only. It is perfectly fine to also include user oriented information. We suggest components of both. We would like “Dev sessions” to remain informal where developers do not need to make formal presentations, and they should also remain different from traditional tutorials.

Citing research software

A large proportion of the meeting was dedicated to discussion around how we can ensure that software is correctly cited in research work to ensure that their authors get credit for their work. This is especially important in the current scientific climate where publications and citations are used as proxies to gauge performance.

Some ideas that were discussed were:

Malin was also kind enough to help us set up a Dev session where Daniel S Katz and Neil Chue Hong from the Force11 Software Citation and Software Citation Implementation Working Groups will speak about these issues. Please keep an eye out on the website and the mailing list where this session will be announced.