Call for proposals: mini-workshops and demo sessions at Collaborations Workshop 2020

Posted by g.law on 17 December 2019 - 6:31am
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Proposals for mini-workshop and demo sessions at the Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop 2020 (CW20) are now open. CW20 will take place from Tuesday, 31 March to 2 April 2020 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Registration is open!

Mini-workshop and demo sessions are unique opportunities for CW20 participants and sponsors to share a particular software product, approach, standard, or other idea relating to research software. We are looking for demos connected to one or more of the CW20 themes - Open Research, Data Privacy and Software Sustainability - in particular, but are happy to consider any proposals involving research software. Proposals can also be related to pitches for the Hackday.

Mini-workshop and demo sessions are 40 to 55 minutes long (with the option to span over multiple sessions) and organised in parallel with other demo sessions. You can see the available mini-workshop and demo session slots on the agenda.

If you are looking for inspiration, the themes of last year’s Collaborations Workshop 2019 were interoperability, documentation, training and sustainability. Some of the mini-workshops and demo sessions related to these themes included:

  • Tech Writing 101 (led by Sarah Maddox and Sharif Salah, Google) involved a series of pair-work exercises to improve the clarity, readability, and effectiveness of their writing.

  • Towards a production-ready solution for reproducible articles (led by Emmy Tsang, eLife) showcased the first computationally reproducible article published on eLife.

  • Ontologies and Interoperability (led by Alexandra Simperler, Simperler Consulting/Goldbeck Consulting) provided participants with an introduction to ontologies and scenarios for interoperability.

  • The Turing Way: A handbook for reproducible research (led by Kirstie Whitaker, Alan Turing Institute) presented a collaborative review of the content so far and showed participants how they could contribute their knowledge to make it even better going forwards.

  • Archiving and Citing Research Software (led by Daina Bouquin, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) gave an overview of emerging best practices were presented along with concrete actions people can take to make their research software and data more open, citable, and persistent to ensure the legacy of their work.

You can see the full list and read more about last year’s CW19 sessions here.

Proposing a mini-workshop or demo session

To propose a mini-workshop or demo session, please fill out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/AYxbk8FeC1qFuPJb7 where you can describe your ideas. We will be contacting proposers in February 2020. The deadline for proposals is 12pm Friday 31st January 2020.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your ideas first, please email Rachael Ainsworth, Research Software Community Manager at the Software Sustainability Institute at r.ainsworth@software.ac.uk 

Register on the CW20 Eventbrite page