It's the little things.
In the 2000s, after featuring good work on Nuit Blanche, I was usually following through by asking authors where their codes were. This is how the implementation tag was born. Some of the answers were along the lines of: "I didn't make it available because I thought it was not worthy". But what I usually responded was that, in effect, releasing one's code had a compounding effect on the community:
"You may not think it's worthy of release, but somehow, someone somewhere needs your code for reasons you cannot fathom"
As a result, I made a conscious choice of featuring those papers that were actively featuring their implementations. The earliest post with featured implementations was February 28th, 2007 with a blog post featuring three different implementations of reconstruction solver for compressed sensing. Yes, implementations were already available before that, but within the compressive sensing community, it was a point in time with a collective realization that releasing one's code would bring others to reuse one's work and advance the field as a result. At some point, I started making a long list of implementation available but got swamped after a while because it became, most of the time, the default behavior (a good thing).
Five years ago, Samim Winiger started GitXiv around Machine Learning papers. I was ecstatic but the site eventually stopped working. Two years ago, the Paper with code site started around the same issue and flourished. Congratulations to Robert, Ross, Marcin, Viktor, and Ludovic on starting a vibrant community around this need for listing papers with their attendant code. Two days ago, the next logical step occurred with the featuring of codes within ArXiv, a fantastic advance for Science. Woohoo!
My next question is:
When are they going to get a prize for this?
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