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Collaborations Workshop 2013 (CW13)

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Shoaib Sufi

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Location:  Oxford e-Research Centre

21 March 2013

Collaborations Workshop 2013 (CW13)


A news item on outcomes at CW13 and an Fellow's report on CW13 is available

The Software Sustainability Institute's annual Collaborations Workshop brings together researchers, software developers, managers, funders and more to explore important ideas in software and research and to plant the seed of interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Collaborations Workshop 2013 is now successfully completed. It was held at Merton College at the University of Oxford on 21-22 March 2013. Please see this news item for more details.

Outcomes and downloads

Apart from the exchange of information and the new contacts made by the delegates, the following list covers the main outcomes from the Collaborations Workshop 2013.

  • All discussions and detailed notes from the break outs are logged in the Google Group that was used to run the conference (as described on the email everything page). Anyone can access the group and read the notes.
  • "Five important things" is the name given to the five most important lessons learned during each break out discussion.
  • The collaborative ideas sessions led to 19 ideas for collaborations. The best Collaborative Idea of CW13 turned out to be "Low-risk high-impact micro-collaboration".
  • The delegates came up with 17 recommendations for improvements and changes and made 17 pledges.
  • The list of lightning talks presenters and titles can be found on the lightning talks topics page. The screencasts of the selected talks are also available there.
  • The introductory talks from Neil Chue Hong (Introduction to the SSI), David De Roure (Digital Social Research) and Steve Brewer (The role of the ITaaU Network+ in bringing together researchers and others to explore and promote the role of IT utilities in the digital economy), and the wrap up from Neil Chue Hong can be downloaded.
  • Although the delegates list is not publicly available, the list of attending organisations is available. The agenda is also available.


As Collaborations Workshop pages are superseded, they are added to the archive page. If you're looking for archived information, visit the archive page.

Original CW13 page

The information shown on the original Collaborations Workshop 2013 page is shown below.

Venue and date

The 2013 workshop will be held at Merton College at the University of Oxford on 21-22 March 2013.


We'll announce all Collaborations Workshop related news on Twitter with the hashtag #collabw13.

Why you should attend

The workshop enables researchers to connect with software developers who have the skills to implement their research ideas and to understand the approaches taken by different researchers and see how this might be applicable to their own work.

Participation by software developers allows them to better understand real user needs and appreciate the
similarity and differences in the computational needs of different disciplines.

Investigators and managers gain a more up to date understanding of themes in collaborative research and how best to bring together researchers and developers for better project outcomes.

Funders gain an understanding of the thriving and moving target of interdisciplinary research and why and how it should be best funded.

Publishers can gain an insight about the direction of reproducible science, which is a popular topic at the Collaborations Workshop, and can better understand grassroots level thinking about future trends in publication.

If any of the stated benefits is of interest to you, then you should attend also, even if you don't fall into one of the categories above.

For me information please read these Collaboration Workshop attendee quotes.


The CW13 agenda is available.

Those attending

Who's attending page and what people hope to learn by attending the workshop.

You shape the agenda

The workshop contains a series of discussion sessions. As a delegate, you can nominate topics for discussion: anything from a problem specific to your research, to an issue that affects the entire research community. 

A list of suggested breakout topics for discussion at the workshop is under development.

If you have any suggestions for topics please contact us and we will add them.

Please note that there are two reserved discussions session topics chosen by the sponsors, there will be time and space set aside for those discussions to happen which you are free to attend, if you wish.

CW13 Sponsors


Digital Social Research (DSR) is a gold sponsor of CW13. DSR maximises the uptake, use and impact of new digital technologies across the social science community.


IT as a Utility (ITaaU) is a silver sponsor of CW13. The ITaaU Network promotes and enhances the community interested in the on demand use of Information Technology (hardware, tools and services) with a specific focus on the Digital Economy programme of activities.


The Collaborations Workshop is organised by the Software Sustainability Institute with the help and support of a number of partners. If you have any questions, please ask our Events Team.  

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Image of Merton College Oxford courtesy of Flickr user londonmatt