Charla: "Software Heritage: why and how we are building the universal software archive"

Roberto Di Cosmo (INRIA and University of Paris Diderot, France)
12 Enero, 2017 - 12:00
Auditorio Ramón Picarte DCC (3er. piso edificio norte)
Prof. Éric Tanter, académico DCC.




From ten years of working on analysing the characteristics of large open source software repositories, we draw some lessons on the key properties we need for this kind of software engineering large scale studies. This led us to launching Software Heritage, the most ambitious project to date to build a universal source code software knowledge base. We will discuss the new challenges, both organisational and scientific, that Software Heritage brings up, and see how they open the way to new and exciting collaboration opportunities.


Short bio:


Roberto Di Cosmo holds a PhD in Computer Science and is currently Computer Science professor at University Paris Diderot, after teaching for almost a decade at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and spending a few years at INRIA.


He has been actively involved in research in theoretical computing, specifically in functional programming, parallel and distributed programming, the semantics of programming languages, type systems, rewriting and linear logic. He focus now on new scientific problems posed by the general adoption of Free Software, with a particular focus on static analysis of large software collections, that were at the core of the european reseach project Mancoosi.


He created the Free Software thematic group of Systematic in October 2007, and since 2010 he is director of IRILL, a research structure dedicated to Free and Open Source Software quality.


In 2016, he founded and directs Software Heritage, an initiative to build the universal archive of all the source code publicly available.


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