[GRASS-PSC] git migration: Zenodo and versioned DOI for GRASS releases

Markus Neteler neteler at osgeo.org
Wed Apr 17 07:29:03 PDT 2019

Hi Peter,

"Peter Löwe" <peter.loewe at gmx.de> schrieb am Mi., 17. Apr. 2019, 12:15:

> Hi Markus, hi PSC,
> the reason why I believe we should consider the Zenodo option (for long
> term archiving and DOI-based scientific recognition/citation) before making
> the switch to GitHub is the DOI versioning capability of Zenodo (
> https://blog.zenodo.org/2017/05/30/doi-versioning-launched/). This is
> similar to the mechanism implented for the GRASS module manual pages, where
> references from outdated versions point to the current release of the
> module (and man page). The DOI-versioning mechanism in Zenodo additionally
> implements a version history as a hsitorical sequence of releases. This
> means that the DOI version for GRASS 4.2.1 predates GRASS 4.3, which
> predates GRASS5.x, etc. etc. and all also point to the latest release.

Yes: each release is a point in time.

The GRASS SVN contains the release branches dating back to GRASS 5. In
> addition there are tarballs from the GRASS 4.x era (-> what about GRASS 3.x
> or earlier ?).

Please check our work already done:
I have reconstructed the releases back to 3.2 including time stamps at file


Note that the URL will change to OSGeo organization soon.

Making all these releases available for scientific citation (and
> recognition) through one versioned DOI in the described "timely sequence"
> is a more complex task than what's covered in the how-to guides for
> GitHub-Zenodo-integration (https://genr.eu/wp/cite/).

We have all branches there, since 1987.

I've contacted the Zenodo helpdesk for advice how this should be approached
> and will report back ASAP.
> It would be a pity (and waste of ressources) if we make the effort to
> create a GitHub repo for GRASS once and then having to redo it because of
> some pecularities of the DOI-versioning mechanism.

Still I don't see why we should redo it.
Does the new structure not address it?
Did you check it?

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