Cheng Soon Ong just emailed me about mloss.org, a community creating a comprehensive open source machine learning environment. Mloss.org is essentially a community portal with lots of detailed information about each of the listed projects. One of the more interesting features of their site is that they’ve tied specific software to publication in an associated journal, the Journal of Machine Learning Research to make it easy for users of the software to find and maintain a citation trail to the work of the original developers. The journal itself encourages open source submissions and automatically ties publication of papers related to the software to appearance at the portal.
This last bit is a very clever idea. Would a broader electronic journal (perhaps the Journal of Open Science) would be a useful way to give open projects (Open Source, Open Data, Open Notebook) more citation currency?