I am pleased to announce the launch of the Science Code Manifesto, laying out general principles of publication for science software. Please read the manifesto, endorse it if you agree, then come back here to discuss it.
This issue isn’t specific to climate science. I originally created this as a response and contribution to the Royal Society’s policy study on “Science as a Public Enterprise”. It is partly inspired by the Panton Principles, a bold statement of ideals in scientific data sharing. It refines the ideas I laid out in an opinion piece for Nature in 2010.
However, I did not originate these ideas. They are simply extensions of the core principle of science: publication. Publication is what distinguishes science from alchemy, and is what has propelled science – and human society – so far and so fast in the last 300 years. The Manifesto is the natural application of this principle to the relatively new, and increasingly important, area of science software.
Go on, endorse it now.