Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16) + Hackday

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The Software Sustainability Institute’s annual Collaborations Workshop 2016 (CW16) – focusses on hot topics, sharing of best pratice and nascent tools and approaches in research software. If you write, use or have an interest in software that enables better research then CW16 is your must attend event of the year!

CW16 takes place from 21-23 March 2016 at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

The main focus at CW16 will be software and reputational credit. Other themes will also be investigated, including reproducible research, data science, collaborative working, and the sharing of code and data.

You will gain:

  • An up-to-date understanding of key themes in research software.
  • A chance to share experiences and learn about the latest tools and practices.
  • An ideal hunting group to find future collaborators.
  • A rapid introduction to effective collaborative working.
  • An opportunity to improve your research related writing skills in a session hosted by a professional Science communicator.

CW16 brings together researchers, software developers, managers, funders, publishers, trainers and more to share practice, explore ideas, highlight problems and establish a community-based understanding of the current state of research software.

This will also be your chance to meet many of the Institute’s 2016 Fellows ( They act as ambassadors for software in their varied research domains: including the digital humanities, bioinformatics, psychology, Earth systems, health, physics, high performance computing and social science.

CW16 is an ‘unconference’ event, which means that you get to control the direction of the workshop by voting for the topics we discuss.

The workshop’s themes will run through the schedule. They will be discussed in keynotes, lightning talks, and demos, and debated during discussion sessions. At the end of the workshop, some of the themes will be picked up by the CW Hackday.

The CW Hackday focus will be on topics ideas from the workshop although you are free to bring your own ideas and data. There will be prizes for the best team efforts. The Hackday will start on the evening of 22 March after the main CW16 event. Please note attending the Hackday only is possible but requires registration; a nominal fee to cover catering applies.
The workshop is the premier annual research software related event run by the Software Sustainability Institute, it is consistently rated 90% by attendees for usefulness and enjoyability; many new ideas and collaborations in interdisciplinary research have started at Collaborations Workshops.
To find out more about the topic for this years CW take a read of – 

Register for CW16 and the CW Hackday at – we look forward to seeing you!