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.
Jefferson Pooley (PhD, Columbia University) is associate professor of Media & Communication at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. His research interests include the history of media studies, the history of social science, scholarly communications, and consumer culture and social media. He is author of James W. Carey and Communication Research: Reputation at the University’s Margins (Peter Lang, 2016), and co-editor of The History of Media and Communication Research (Peter Lang, 2008) and Media and Social Justice (Palgrave, 2011). His publications, including recent work on the politics of scholarly publishing, can be found on his website.