Executable Research Compendium

This is the technical specification of the Executable Research Compendium (ERC).

Read the specification (PDF download) and get support.


Are you a scientist and want to publish your research as an ERC? Read user guides for authors, reviewers, and readers:

Are you a developer or architect and want to build applications using ERCs? Read our developer documentation:

Are your a librarian or preservationist and want to use ERCs for archival of scholarly works? Read user guides for librarians and preservationists:


This specification and guides are developed by the members of the DFG-funded project Opening Reproducible Research

Opening Reproducible Research

To cite this specification please use

Nüst, Daniel, 2018. Reproducibility Service for Executable Research Compendia: Technical Specifications and Reference Implementation. Zenodo. doi:10.5281/zenodo.2203844

For a complete list of publications, posters, presentations, and software projects from th2 o2r project please visit https://o2r.info/results/.


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