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Location:  The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

21 March 2016

Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16)

The 2016 Collaborations Workshop (CW16) brought 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 workshop took place on 21-23 March 2016 at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The theme of the workshop was Software and Credit. 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.

Please read the CW16 Workshop Report to see what happened.


CW16 took place on 21-23 March 2016 at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. You can find out more information about the practical side of things, such as travel and accommodation.


Registration has now closed but you can find out who attended the workshop


CW16 brought together a diverse group of people, creating a dynamic space for various activities. Here are some highlights from the event:

For a comprehensive overview, explore the complete agenda.

What to expect

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.

CW16 Themes: You shape the agenda

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.


The Collaborations Workshop is organised by the Software Sustainability Institute's CW16 events team with the help of the steering committee and generous support from our partner organisations and sponsors.

More about our workshops

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


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