If curating research data is a good idea, then curating the software that researchers use to process it is a good idea too. Clearly, even "pure" statistical analysis is a great deal more fragile than we had hoped.
Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and associate professor of the Practice at MIT's Media Lab. He is the author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, published by W.W. Norton in June 2013. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan cofounded international blogging community Global Voices. Global Voices showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirty languages. Ethan's research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools and international connections through media. He blogs at http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.