Collaborations Workshop 2019 (CW19) took place from Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd April 2019 in the West Park Teaching Hub at Loughborough University, Loughborough. We’re still catching up after three full days dedicated to interoperability, documentation, training and sustainability. Before we publish a detailed Collaborations Workshop 2019 report, we would like to share our top highlights from our days in Loughborough. The night before CW19 kick-started, some attendees gathered to play board games. We had a friendly and fun night playing cooperative games such as Hanabi.
Catherine Stihler, Chief Executive Officer of Open Knowledge International, opened delegates' eyes for the challenges that we are facing to protect interoperability and sustainability in different spaces.
Our first keynote is by @C_Stihler, who spoke about how we are living at a time when openness is at risk - facts are considered as fake news, & the importance of Open advocates getting involved with policy to ensure that our representatives vote in our interests. #CollabW19
The walk at the end of the first day keeps being popular among our attendees. Thanks to Melodee H. Beals who guide us on the Olympic Torch Walk!
Early birds enjoyed the first days of spring walking on the Fruit Route. No fruit to pick yet but beautiful blossoms to inspire the second day of Collaborations Workshop.
Niall Beard, University of Manchester, shared his experience in the art and science of organising and labelling training websites to support usability and findability in the context of ELIXIR's Training Portal, TeSS.
Patricia Herterich, University of Birmingham, brought FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) to the discussion and asked delegates to give back tools and training to their communities.
How can we train researchers about interoperability and the importance of metadata, vocabularies and tools to make data and software FAIR? We as a community need to provide tools and training @PHerterich#collabw19
What are your highlights from Collaborations Workshop? Did you learn something new in Loughborough?
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