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jisc logoJisc suggested data set for the CW17 Hackday team, you can still win even if you don't use them.

CORE’s mission is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public. In this way CORE facilitates free unrestricted access to research for all.

  • CORE is available as open data – (please check the license of the content in the dataset) is a catalogue of UK research equipment; allowing accessibility with the aim to stimulate collaboration.


SHERPA is investigating issues in the future of scholarly communication. It is developing open-access institutional repositories in universities to facilitate the rapid and efficient worldwide dissemination of research.

  • SHERPA REF public API - (the data is CC BY-NC-SA licensed)

Other SHERPA services have APIs that are rate limited to 500 requests/day unless you register for an API key and like SHERPA REF their data is licensed CC BY-NC-SA…

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We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their kind and generous support.

Platinum+ Sponsor

Microsoft is CW17 primary sponsor. To hear more about what they are kindly bringing to the event see the announcement

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Platinum Sponsors

Advanced Research Computing - University of Leeds

ARC provide a comprehensive Advanced Research Computing support service for researchers in all faculties at the University of Leeds. They are kindly offering local support for CW17 and venue sponsorship.


Silver Sponsors


GitLab is the open core code collaboration platform that provides a complete workflow to code, test, and deploy simply and effectively.



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CW17 at Leeds UniversityBy Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead

Register for CW17—27-29 March 2017, University of Leeds.

The Collaborations Workshop 2017 (CW17) #CollabW17 is set to be the best ever!  It’s set to be quite an event with charismatic and knowledgeable keynotes, generous sponsors, fantastic mini-workshops, and the opportunities to learn, engage and benefit are plenty! The focus of the workshop is the Internet of Things (IoT) and Open Data: implications for research. The schedule will also allow time for other sustainability related topics including reproducible research, training, career path discussions and cloud for research. So there will be something for everyone!

We are proud to announce that our primary sponsor this year is Microsoft, who have very kindly offered free IoT kits and Cloud time to the first 100 to register There will be a talk about the work at Microsoft in this space and an announcement around bidding for free cloud time from Azure. There will also be plenty of time to learn how to setup and use the IoT device at a mini-workshop session, and we encourage (but don’t require) you to use your device in the Hackday competition.

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The Software Sustainability Institute are very pleased to announce our Primary Sponsor of the Collaborations Workshop 2017 (CW17) as Microsoft. They are very kindly offering IoT kits and Cloud time to every attendee! 100 kits are available, first come, first served, so don’t delay – Register today! The CW17 takes place at the University of Leeds from the 27-29th March 2017.

A word from our Sponsor:

Microsoft is delighted to sponsor the Collaborations Workshop 2017, as part of our continuing support for the research community. To make sure everyone can get hands-on with Internet of Things development, we will be giving each participant a SparkFun Thing Azure IoT Starter kit, comprising an ESP8266 Thing Dev Board, sensors, LEDs, breadboard, and everything you need to start experimenting with IoT. Everyone will also be given access to Microsoft Azure, which provides easy-to-use cloud services for IoT.

Anyone can apply for an Azure for Research award…

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Charteris Land, EdinburghBy Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead.

Every year once the Fellowship starts, we get the Fellows together to give them the opportunity to learn about the different parts of the Institute (Training, Community, the Research Software Group, Policy, Communications and the Directorate) so they can better understand how we operate and how to interact with us to produce a good working relationship and better outcomes for their Fellowship.

This year we were in the lovely city of Edinburgh at Charteris Land, University of Edinburgh.  The Institute is headquartered in Edinburgh and it is where three of the new Institute 2017 Fellows are based, making it an ideal location for holding the inaugural. With 18 new Fellows, 14 were there in person, two connected via Skype, one sent a video and only one could not be involved.

The Institute Director, Neil Chue Hong gave an introduction to the Institute, its teams and how it operates; he highlighted Fellows as…

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Leeds CityBy Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead.

The Collaborations Workshop 2017 (CW17—#CollabW17) will take place at the Leeds University Business School, from 27-29 March 2017. You can book your place here.

So what makes this event so unique and useful? Is it the breadth of people from research software? is it the IoT and Open Data theme? Is it the unconference inspired format? Is it the knowledge sharing? Is it the networking? Is it the mix of collaborations and competition? Is it the social programme? It’s all of these things and more!

To get a feel for how CW17 will unfold, take a look at the agenda (subject to some tweaks as we get nearer to the event). From lightning talks and discussions on the first day to more collaborative events and Q&A session on the second day through to the Hackday, all of our CW17 activities are designed to inform, inspire and empower those who attend.

Previous CW attendees have said:

“Lively event, mix of un-conference and workshop, open minded people, new ideas and tons of impulses to think further, networking opportunities not in a…

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Software box pictureOur friends over at qLegal are running a free evening event tomorrow (Tuesday 13th December 2016) on Software Patents.

If you are interested and located nearby (it's in London) you should check it out. The qLegal team are experts and a friendly bunch.

Please register for the qLegal Software patents event here.

Fellows 2017 candidate pictures113 applications, 580+ reviews and three review meetings later, we are happy to announce our 18 new Software Sustainability Institute Fellows for 2017. With so many excellent candidates and over 6 applications per place, our new research software ambassadors represent some of the best people working in - and advocating for - better research software.

We have Fellows representing fields including Medical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and, a first for Fellows, Engineering.

Our 2017 Fellows are spread across 15 organisations including, for the first time, four based in Scotland. In addition, we have four Fellows who fit the RSE profile, highlighting the continued representation of those with this role amongst the Fellowship programme.

This cohort of Fellows is drawn from a wide range of career stages: three PhD students, 13 early and mid-career researchers and developers, and a couple of senior Fellows, including the third Professor who has been accepted as a Fellow since the programme began in 2012. Three of our 2017 Fellows are female, taking the total number of female Fellows to 34, and this year’s Fellows draw support from BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC.

With such a diverse set of Fellows bubbling with ideas to take the message that better software leads to better research to their own diverse communities,…

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Terms and conditions

On this page, we've provided more information about the Fellowship and how it works.


All questions and suggestions should be sent to the Fellows Management email address.


We will use the word event to refer to all conferences, meetings, workshops and other events.

The word expenses will be used to describe expenses incurred for both travel, subsistence and expenses related to the running of and attending events.

The word Fellow or Fellows will refer to a single Fellow, or all Fellows, in the 2017 Fellowship intake, unless otherwise qualified.

The responsibilities of a Fellow

Fellows have the following areas of responsibility:


  1. Prepare blog posts about events attended where attendance has been supported by the Institute’s funds.

  2. Promote the Software Sustainability Institute and its work where appropriate.

  3. Attend a Fellows inaugural meeting in early 2017.

  4. Attend the annual Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop on March 27-28 2017 (with an optional attendance on 29 March for a Hackday).

  5. Deliver  the plans described in your fellowship application (and make the Institute aware of any substantive changes to your plans).

  6. Provide feedback and ideas to help the Institute and the Fellowship programme.

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