Microsoft is Gold sponsor of Collaborations Workshop 2020

Posted by g.law on 6 March 2020 - 8:00am

The Software Sustainability Institute is thrilled to announce that Microsoft will be a Gold sponsor of the Collaborations Workshop 2020 (CW20). The workshop will take place from Tuesday, 31 March to Thursday, 2 April 2020 in the Peter Froggatt Centre at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. You can see the full CW20 programme in the agenda

Register for CW20 on Eventbrite.

More about Microsoft

Microsoft logoCloud for all. Microsoft believes that all individuals and groups should be empowered with the full freedom and power of the Cloud. The Azure Cloud aims to enable everyone, everywhere, from developers to researchers and students, allowing them to drive innovation and discovery securely, effectively, transparently, and robustly.

The Cloud Advocacy team is delighted to sponsor the Collaborations Workshop 2020. This is part of our long-term commitment to support and empower a range of communities, including academic, professional, non-profit, and open source across the globe.

Towards continuous research: leveraging continuous integration and delivery through GitHub actions

Microsoft Senior Cloud Advocate Tania Allard will facilitate the mini-workshop/demo session Towards continuous research: leveraging continuous integration and delivery through GitHub actions on Wednesday, 1 April (Day 2) from 16:20 - 17:00 as part of mini-workshops and demo sessions #5, and you can read more about the session below. 

It is well known that there has been an increased interest in research reproducibility over the last few years. After all, researchers' credibility is based on others being able to reproduce their research results. As a result, multiple tools and solutions have emerged to optimise computational research reproducibility. However, the road to making computational reproducibility the norm and "easy" to do is still a long and complex one.

This workshop centres around the concept of "continuous research" - an analogue of continuous integration for software development. Or instead, how researchers and research software engineers alike can use continuous integration platforms to test and publish their software as well as to perform computational experiments and record the corresponding output.

The main goals of the workshop are to:

  • Introduce the concept of continuous research and how this can benefit the research community

  • Allow attendees to familiarise themselves with tools like GitHub actions for research scenarios

  • Provide practical guidance to attendees on how to adopt "continuous research" practices in their workflows

Thus this workshop will focus on the core themes of the Collaborations Workshop: software sustainability and open research as well as linking this to reproducible research through the use of open tools.