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Open Source Software in Life Science Research by M Forster, L Harland

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Introduction

Mark Forster and Lee Harland

Summer 2012

Sharing the source code of software used in life science research has a history spanning many decades. An early example of this being the Quantum Chemistry Program Exchange (QCPE), founded by Richard Counts at Indiana University in 1962, with the aim of distributing the codes then available in the domain of quantum chemistry. It also came to cover other areas of chemical science such as kinetics and NMR spectroscopy. Even in the 1980s, code distribution over networks was not common, so that programs were typically distributed on cartridge tapes or other media usable by the workstations of the era. Although some codes may have been available only in binary form, it was normal to make Fortran ...

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