Featured French free scientific software


For the second season, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research delivered The Open Science Awards for free research software this Wednesday, November 29th.

Eight software programs developed by French teams are rewarded for their contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge or the promising nature of their work », explains the Ministry. The awards are divided into four categories: “Scientific and technical”, “Community”, “Documentation”, “Favourite”, each with a winner and a hopeful.

There we find in particular the winner “Scientific and Technical”, smiling, a simulation tool for hot plasma physics on supercomputers with many applications in physics. But the functional programming language is very established in the academic community Ocaml is highlighted as winner of the “Community” category.

The Biological Neural Network Simulator with Spikes Brian won the award in the “Documentation” category. AND Hyfa« designed to allow social science researchers and students to create, clean and categorize “web corpora” in the form of networks of links between sites », is the winner of the “Coup de cœur”.

Among the hopes, not so recent projects. The newest, Finkastrophysics software in the “Favorites” category, began development in 2019.

In the “Documentation” category, I hope KeOps is a library that allows you to manipulate distance matrices, kernels and other operators. The project started in 2016.

In the “Community” category, hope is placed Noise capturea smartphone application that allows you to collaboratively measure the sound levels of your environment, officially launched in 2017.

Finally, the hope in the “Scientific and technical” category is attributed to PPanGGoLin (Partitioned PanGenome Graph of Linked Neighbors), “ bioinformatics software dedicated to the analysis of pangenomes, that is, all genes present in a group of related organisms », started in 2016.

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