SWHIDs (from “SoftWare Hash IDentifiers”) are persistent, intrinsic identifiers for software source code artifacts such as source code files, source trees, commits, and other objects typically found in version control systems.
The SWHID Working Group oversees development of the SWHID materials in the SWHID GitHub repositories, including the following:
- the SWHID specification itself
- the various software libraries and tools provided by the SWHID project
Participation in the elaboration of the SWHID standard is open to all, Design and planning is primarily done via the team mailing list (see how to join) and meetings: see the dedicated SWHID Specification repository for more information.
The SWHID specification is maintained by the SWHID core team.
These principles follow the model proposed by the Community Specification, that has been developed via the Joint Development Foundation (now part of the Linux Foundation), with inspiration from the Open Web Foundation agreements and the Alliance for Open Media Patent License 1.0.
A dedicated webinar has been held to help onboarding participants to this working group. The material is available online, and newcomers are encouraged to start here :