Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16)

Please read the CW16 workshop Workshop Report to see what happened.

Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16) took place at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on 21-23 March 2016.

The theme of the workshop was Software and Credit. The workshop brought together researchers, developers, managers, funders, publishers and trainers to explore topics related to software and credit, current practices and work on important topics related to the future.

Other topics which made a showing at the workshop included Reproducible Research, Collaborative Working, Data Science and Code/Data Sharing.

The workshop was a great place to meet many of the new Software Sustainability Institutes' 2016 Fellows.

CW16 followed the unconference philosophy - where attendees got to to choose which topics were discussed.

The evening of 22 March 2016 started the CW Hackday, allowing participants to realise the ideas coming from the Collaborations Workshop. Successful hack projects were not all be code - they included best practice guides, a paper and standardisation work, this enabled people from all backgrounds to participate.

The Hackday focuses primarily on topics related to improving software and credit; aiding best practice, helping highlight contributions and improving evaluation of software in research. There are prizes for the best team efforts.

Our news section and @SoftwareSaved on Twitter have CW16 related items.


A keynote, lightning talks, discussions, a better writing session, a panel, demo sessions, collaborative ideas and a talk on running effective training it's all here in the CW16 Agenda.

Who is attending

Find out which institutions, groups and organisations are represented at CW16.

Topics up for discussion

CW16 is in part an unconference, so delegates vote and decide on which discussions topics they take part in and take place. Take a look at the discussion topics ideas.

Reasons to attend a Collaborations Workshop

These workshops gives researchers from across the disciplines the chance to connect with other researchers and software developers working in research (also known as Research Software Engineers) who can help them implement their research ideas.

Investigators and project managers learn current best practices in software credit and how best to ensure that they are following practices which increase the impact and sustainability of their software oriented projects and staff.

Funders gain an understanding of what policies and procedures need to be in places to best support the credit needs of the research they fund.

Publishers gain insights into what the grassroots think about future trends in publication around software citation, code/data sharing policies and artifact evaluation/reproducible research.

Trainers gain an appreciation for emerging topics and best practices which need to be promoted amongst researchers.

Legal and Knowledge Transfer staff better grasp software’s place in research and how and when to consult colleagues on the best ways to exploit their work.

Administrative functions of research based institutions better understand the way software support is essential for research now and in the future; the competitive advantages associated with nurturing software based roles becomes clearer.


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More about our workshops

To find out more about Collaborations Workshops and other workshops run by the Institute please consult our workshops page.