The Collaborations Workshop 2016 Returns to Edinburgh

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 12 Feb 2016 | 12:11

The Collaborations Workshop (CW) is coming home to Edinburgh. It will be held on 21st-22nd March in the Royal College of Surgeons with an optional hack day on 23rd of March.  The series of CWs were originally started under the now defunct Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute UK (OMII-UK) that held two workshops in Edinburgh in 2009 and 2010 in what was then the National e-Science Institute in Edinburgh. The aim of these workshops was to get researchers to come together, talk, avoid reinventing the wheel and to establish fruitful collaborations. It was, and has remained, a most excellent networking event.

Since those heady 'griddy' days, the workshops have continued under the the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) but until now all the workshops have been held in Oxford: CW12 at Queen's College, University of Oxford; CW13 at Merton College, University of Oxford; CW14 and CW15 at the Oxford e-Research Centre.

I attended the first two instances of the Collaborations Workshop and CW13 - I blogged about it at the time. Although I believe the event was worthwhile the logistics of getting to and from Oxford made it less appealing than might otherwise have been the case. Now that it is in Edinburgh I have no excuse not to go and I hope that if you are local to Edinburgh you will be able to join me and others at CW16. More details on the conference and links to the registration are available from



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BBC feature writer, David Robson, is running a better writing workshop at CW16. See: