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30625118805_850c6840e2_z.jpgCollaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18) will start next Monday 26th of March at The School of Mathematics, Cardiff University. We are looking forward to meeting everyone in person and have a great time. The final agenda is available at the workshop page.

To make the best of Collaborations Workshop, don't forget to sign up to present a lightning talk and to take part in the social activities.

The Software Sustainability Institute staff will be attending this event. We will aim to answer all emails but might take us while to get back to you. You can also contact us on Twitter @SoftwareSaved.

uCONFLY is a unconference resource management system and we will use it at Collaborations Workshop 2018.

Sign In

  1. Visit https://uconfly.org/cw18/.uCONFLY screenshot
  2. Sign in with your Google account. This is the preferable method because we will need to give you permission to some Google Docs that we will create.Screenshot of uCONFLY
  3. Scroll to the end of the page.Screenshot of uCONFLY
  4. Click on the "Sign up" button for Collaborations Workshop 2018 event.
  5. Wait for one of our staff to approve your request.

PYcon1.pngBy Nikoleta Glynatsi, Cardiff University, Geraint Palmer, Cardiff University, with introduction from Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute.

The Software Sustainability Institute is very proud of the involvement of our Fellows Vincent Knight (2016), Nikoleta Glynatsi (2017) and Geraint Palmer (2018) with Cardiff University’s Phoenix Project and their contribution with PyCon Namibia. Introduce a new programming language to a research community is a lot of work and involve many cultural change barriers. To know more about their experience in Namibia, attend Collaborations Workshop 2018. For now, Nikoleta and Geraint have a sneak peak for you of their experience this year in Africa first published at Nikoleta’s blog.

This is a joint blog post with Geraint Palmer about our experiences of PyCon Namibia (PyConNA) 2018, which was the 4th consecutive Python conference held in the country. The conference took place in Windhoek, from the 20th to the 22nd of February. Supported by Cardiff University’s Phoenix…

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14811288593_0e03f2c604_z.jpgBy Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute.

The clock is ticking away, and if you haven’t registered for Collaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18) yet, this is your last chance!

If you’ve already signed up for the event, we have some suggestions for you to maximise your chances of building new collaborations during the workshop.

Lightning talks

At the beginning of the first and second days of CW18, we have scheduled some lightning talks. This is a great opportunity to invite fellow attendees to approach you to talk about a project you are considering or are already developing. If you wish, you can use one slide to assist you. To find out more, visit the submission page. We only have a limited number of slots, and they’re available on an first come, first served base.


We have some short walks around Cardiff planned as part of CW18. Attendees of previous years reported having a fun time during those walks and we recommend that you take part on it. All the walks are listed on the social programme page which includes the link for registrations.

Chargers, Cables and Dongles

For the…

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The rooms that will host the mini-workshops and demos sessions don't have any screen capture system. We encourage mini-workshops and demos sessions speakers to capture their screen and record their audio, such that we can publish the video on our YouTube channel and associate it with CW18.

Audio Record

We will provide USB Jabra microphones for those that would like to capture their activity.

Video Capture

We are looking for a screencast. You can use any screencast tool available for your operating system. Wikipedia has a decent list. In case you want a suggestion from us, we recommend Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio because it works on Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux and is free and open source.

Open Broadcaster Software Studio

  1. Instructions to download and install are available at https://obsproject.com/download.

  2. The first time that you launch OBS Studio you need to agree with the GNU General Public License Version 2 and will opt-in to run the auto-configuration wizard. Before record your video, you can configure where the video will be store.

OBS Studio

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12176435415_61c14775c5_z.jpgBy Raniere Silva, Community Officer, Software Sustainability Institute.

With two weeks until the Collaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18) kicks off, we can't hold our excitement and need to tell you what’s waiting for you from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th March 2018 at The School of Mathematics, Cardiff University.

At Collaborations Workshop 2018, you’ll find an amazing group composed of researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders and educators. All of them play an important role in shaping the culture of our society and without them we would probably live in a very different world. Throughout the event, we will facilitate discussions about culture change, productivity, and sustainability within the this group.


As announced earlier on our website, we have Kirstie Whitaker and John Hammersley as keynotes on Monday 26 March. They will talk about the themes of this Collaborations Workshop: culture change and productivity. On the next day, we will have short talks from Adrian-Tudor Panescu, Daniel S. Katz, Naomi Penfold and Matthew Upson about software sustainability from different…

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City Center Tour

When: Monday, 26/03 from 18:00 until 18:45.

Start point: outside the Cardiff University, School of Mathematics.

The tour will include a walk in the heart of City Center. The group will get to walk by the civic center, the Cardiff Castle, the Principality Stadium and the famous shopping arcades of Cardiff city.

Register for the City Center Tour

Workshop Dinner

When: Monday, 26/03 from 19:30.

Where: Jurys Inn Cardiff.

The dinner is included in the full ticket of Collaborations Workshop 2018.

Morning Tour of Bute Park

When: Tuesday, 27/03 from 08:00 until 09:15.

Start point: outside the Cardiff University, School of Mathematics.

The walk will start from the Cardiff University, School of Mathematics and the group will make its way to Bute Park passing by the Cardiff City Hall. Bute park is the "green heart of Cardiff city", full of historic and wildlife interest. It is one of the largest urban parks in Wales at 56 hectares (equivalent to 75 football pitches). The group will also have the chance to walk alongside the River Taff.

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Use this form to submit your CW18 Lightning talk.

A Lightning talk is limited to one PDF slide and 2 minutes. No HTML slides, no GIF, no videos or other formats will be displayed. We recommend using an aspect ratio of 4:3 for your slide because will look better on the video recording.

4:3 Slide Template

Submission Guideline

  1. Open https://www.dropbox.com/request/LWVGft61XEVd5feFMRMr.Screenshot of Dropbox homepage
  2. Click on the "Choose files" to select your PDF slide.Screenshot of Dropbox form
  3. Fill the fields "First name", "Surname" and "Email address".
  4. Click on "Upload".

Submit your CW18 Lightning talk

This year, the Institute fellows David Pérez-Suárez, Brigitta Sipőcz and Yo Yehudi are involved in Google Summer of Code as mentors and organisation administrators for OpenAstronomy, an umbrella organisation for open source, open development astronomy projects, and InterMine, a biological data warehouse based at the University of Cambridge. For three months, students are individually mentored to contribute to open source codebases and are paid a stipend (which amounts to $6,600 USD if you're based in the UK). If you are a post-doc, researcher or lecturer, we suggest you read "Downloading developers: The Google Summer of Code" for examples of how beneficial the program can be for your students.

To learn more about projects ideas for students and instructions to apply, visit Open Astronomy's and Intermine's GSoC 2018 pages.

Deadline for application is the 27th of March, 2018. Applicants are advised to contact the mentor organisations well in advance of the deadline.

Google Summer of Code

The …

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By Jenny Molloy, University of Cambridge.

Introduction by Raniere Silva, Software Sustainability Institute.

Chris Anderson, in his book "Free: The Future of a Radical Price", explores the transformation on business imposed by the spread of cheap computation power and data transfer. This same factors changed how we do research. Pre-prints, data share, code share have more common than you’d think. Unfortunately, scientific hardware is still a barrier for many researchers who don't have access to the tools required for their investigation. We are very excited to share the “Gathering for Open Science Hardware's Roadmap”, originally published at openhardware.science, "for providing global access to scientific hardware by 2025 through open source designs, collaborative research and new manufacturing techniques, including 3D-printing."

The following text was first posted at the Gathering for…

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