By Derek Groen, Fellow and Research Assistant, Centre for Computational Science, University College London
This September I will host the first Paper Hackathon event in Flore, Northamptonshire, with help from Joanna Lewis and support from both the Software Sustainability Institute and 2020 Science.
To my knowledge, this is the first time anyone has organised a Paper Hackathon, although amusingly there has been a Hackathon focused on the IPhone Papers app. With that in mind, let me share how I thought of this, and why I think it is a good idea.
2013 was quite an eventful year for me. I became a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute, but I also became an Associate Fellow of the 2020 Science project. As such, I familiarised myself with two groups and their differing backgrounds, but with an unexpectedly good match in terms of aims and objectives.
Now I'm sure you're familiar with the Institute, so let me briefly explain what 2020 Science is about. As an EPSRC funded cohort project for early career researchers in computational science and natural science, it seeks to establish multi-disciplinary scientific collaborations. These collaborations are sometimes small, with two or three Fellows working on a specific topic in natural sciences, and other times quite large, with a whole group of Fellows working on a paper (see for example our… Continue Reading