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The Collaborative Ideas session is used to get people talking about their work. You can discuss the work you're doing, work you would like to do, or problems you are facing. Other people in the group can then talk about how they could help get your new project off the ground, or help solve the problem you are facing.  This is an excellent way of generating projects Ideas for the Hackday.

Do you want your collaborative idea to make it to the Hackday?

Some ideas are so good that they simply need to be realised. This is where the Hackday comes in: at the end of the Collaborative Ideas session, you can state whether your idea should be pitched during the Hackday.

If you want your idea to be submitted to the Hackday, someone in your group must nominate themselves as the Hackday Idea Proposer (the person who will pitch the idea at the start of the Hackday in an attempt to attract a team to work on the idea). The Hackday idea proposer must put their name and email address in the appropriate fields of the Ideas form (see below for detail). If these fields are left blank, the idea will not be carried through to the Hackday.

Which group am I in?

First of all, find out which group you are in, and which room you will be using:

  • Page 2 of the printed agenda (28 March, 11:45am to 12.45pm)
  • For the Collaborative ideas session templates need to be filled in by 12.50pm latest to allow for printing.

What to do at the Collaborative Ideas session

Once you arrive at your room:

  1. Introduce yourselves!
  2. Select a Chair and a Scribe
  3. Take it…
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Collaborations Workshop 2017, IoT, Open Data, research softwareBy Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead

If you are a PhD candidate, Jisc are offering a bursary for you to attend CW17— apply now!

Collaborations Workshop 2017 (CW17) is nearly upon us. It takes place from the 27-29th of March 2017 at the Leeds University Business school.

Day one will have you enthralled with knock out keynotes on The Internet of Things (IoT) and Open Data from real experts who have been there and done it. If you want to know more about this area and can only spare a day, you can choose to come along just for the day. Day one also includes a panel on IoT and Open Data with leading experts from industry, academia and publishing. We then have our signature speed blogging session, where you can write a blog collaboratively about a hot discussion topic. We wrap up day one with a mini-workshop session where you get to explore some of the topics raised in more depth. Evening of day one then moves onto a historical tour of the campus, a time to get cultured and connect with other attendees, and then a…

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Collaborations Workshop 2017, IoT, Open Data, research softwareJisc offering a travel bursary for a PhD student to attend CW17 - apply now!

By Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead, Software Sustainability Institute

The Collaborations Workshop 2017 (CW17) takes place on the 27–29th of March 2017 at the Leeds University Business School. This is  ‘The’ event for getting up to speed with the Internet of Things (IoT), Open Data and Software Sustainability.

Our Internet of Things (IoT) keynote is Usman Haque from Umbrellium, who has been there from the very early days of IoT and will inform us of current trends, thinking and use cases in the space.

Our Open Data keynote is Tom Forth from imactive, who has a vast amount of experience using Open Data to make cities truly smarter and other applications which he’ll share with us at CW17.

We are running two panels at CW17: one focused on IoT and Open Data and what these areas mean for Research, and another on Software Sustainability. We have excellent panelists lined up to answer your questions, inspire and inform—…

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Tom Forth

We are very pleased that Thomas Forth will be giving a keynote address at Collaborations Workshop 2017 on Open Data. More information about Thomas below:

After finishing a Ph.D in the Systems Biology of Malaria at the University of Leeds, Thomas started software and data consultancy imactivate and has since joined the Open Data Institute Leeds as their first associate and head of the challenge team.

Thomas works on data collection using computer vision, such as The Little Car Counter and does consultancy and bespoke system development in this area, with clients in business and government.

He writes for various publications on industrial strategy in the UK and currently publishes and maintains software on the Web, on iOS, on Android, and on Windows 10,…

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Usman HaqueWe are very pleased that Usman Haque will be giving a keynote address at Collaborations Workshop 2017 on The Internet of Things (IoT). More information about Usman below:

Usman Haque is founding partner of Umbrellium and Thingful, a search engine for the Internet of Things. Earlier, he launched the Internet of Things data infrastructure and community platform, which was acquired by LogMeIn in 2011.

Usman originally trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and dozens of mass-participation initiatives throughout the world. His skills include the design and engineering of both physical spaces and the software and systems that bring them to life.

He has also taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, including the Interactive Architecture Workshop (until 2005) and RC12 Urban Design cluster, “Participatory systems for networked urban environments”.

He received the 2008 Design of the Year Award (interactive) from the Design Museum, UK, a 2009 World Technology Award (art), the Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence prize and the Asia Digital Art Award Grand Prize.


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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