Excellent progress on Collaborations Workshop outcomes

Posted by s.hettrick on 4 August 2011 - 3:42pm


Back in June, I was asked to write about the fact that we've made every aspect of the Collaborations Workshop open. I wrote an article for the NGS Newsletter entitled "The fear of being open", in which I talked about the benefits (and fears) of working under the scutiny of the outside world. I also said that we would periodically review progress on the outcomes (the things that people thought would help the research community). We've just conducted the first review, and I'm very happy to report that we've completed almost half (13 out of 32) of the outcomes in the first four months since the workshop.

Based on the outcomes, we've written guides specifically to answer questions that were raised at the workshop. We've written posts, on the institute's blog and on AskSteve, that describe everything from hardcore coding, to advice on why developers should care about research. We've promoted resources, lobbied for software sustainability, set up workshops, and collated resources.

With this level of progress, we're confident that we will have completed all of the outcomes before the next workshop in March 2012 - as planned. The next review will take place in October.

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