Report from the Collaborations Workshop 2010

You can read about some of the outcomes from the Collaborations Workshop 2010 in our short, informal report. The report describes a couple of projects that have benefited from collaborations started at the workshop, provides overviews of the work of two of the organisations that attended, and lists some of the attendee's thoughts on the workshop.

Download the report by clicking on the graphic below.

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Outcomes of the 2010 meeting

The workshop generated a number of reporting-back presentations and notes. These have been collected together on the reporting back page. The final agenda and photos from the event are also listed on this page.



The Collaborations Workshop 2010 (CW10) will provide the knowledge, contacts and information needed to generate successful collaborative e-Research partnerships.

CW10 is sponsored by the UK National Grid Service (NGS)


The workshop will be introduced by Neil Chue Hong Director of OMII-UK. This will be followed by a plenary talk from a JISC Programme Manager.

You will receive information about funding body strategy and schemes, Agile project management approaches: best practices and suggested strategies for maximising your chances for a successful outcome
You will get to meet fellow budding collaborators, funding body representatives, key support organisation representatives eg OMII-UK, NGS etc. in an informal but structured environment
Overall the combination of insight, knowledge and contacts should fire up the enthusiasm of all attendees from all areas

How will this be achieved?

Bringing people together
to form potential research project collaborations
Providing insight and guidance
Expert facilitators leading themed breakout groups on multi-disciplinary collaboration practices and much more
Facilitated discussions
will generate ideas, teams and project plans


Day 1 - Wednesday 10 March

Time slot Item
10:30 - 11:00 Registration and coffee
11:00 - 11:15 Intro: goals, structure & outcomes (NCH)
11:15 - 12:00 Plenary: Andy McGregor - JISC
12:00 – 13:00 Breakout session 1
13:00 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 15:15 Report back and discussion 1
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee
15:45 – 16:45 Breakout session 2
16:45 – 17:45 Report back and discussion 2
17:45 - 18:00 Wrap up for first day

19:30 - 23:30 Dinner

Day 2 - Thursday 11 March

Time slot Item
09:00 - 09:15 Day 2 welcome
09:15 - 10:15 Breakout session 3
10:15 - 11:15 Report back and discussion 3
11:15 - 11:35 Coffee
11:35 - 12:35 Breakout session 4
12:35 - 13:35 Lunch
13:35 - 14:35 Report back and discussion 4
14:35 - 15:00 Final talk, discussion and wrap-up

What people thought of last year's collaboration workshop

Last year, we recorded people's thoughts on the Collaborations: read the quotes.


CW2010 will take place on 10-11 March 2010. It will be held at the e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh.

Register Now

The registration page is now open. Attendance at the 2 day event costs £50 which is payable on booking. If you have any questions please do email: or else go ahead and book.


The CW2010 is the forum for bringing together e-Researchers, infrastructure providers, research leaders, research funders and anyone else interested in generating new collaborative ventures. Following the success of last year’s inaugural meeting, CW2010 will again attempt to organise a focussed and concentrated programme of discussions and presentations that will stimulate and trigger further investigations. Last year’s event has resulted in a number of imminent new research partnerships and also helped to resolve outstanding issues on recently completed projects.

The target audience?

Budding research collaborators may come from any of the following groups

  • Budding PIs, PMs
  • Lecturers wanting to lead collaborative projects
  • Developers wanting to take localised projects on to a new level with partners from other institutions
  • Research facilitators looking to find new partners
  • Research pioneers wanting to share new ideas
  • Researchers nearing the end of a particular phase of development funding
  • Non-technologists looking for technological partners
  • Technologists looking for innovation-hungry user groups
  • Funding body representatives
  • Potential collaborators from outside academia


Please direct any queries to


Directions to the e-Science Institute can be found here.

Breakout group discussion themes There will be various themes and topics suggested which will be explored within the breakout sessions. These discussions will be led by an expert facilitator who will report back during the following plenary discussion session. Here is a shortlist of topics - prospective attendees can suggest new topics and themes for a while at least.

Break out session discussion themes.

The sessions will be facilitated by experts on the chosen themes wherever possible. The facilitators will then report back during the following plenary session. Suggestions for other themes are welcome. This list will evolve as attendees indicate their preferences.

OSS Watch Software Sustainability Maturity Model (OSSW-SSMM)

  • Whether you are running an open source project, using another in your own project, or simply procuring an open source program it is important to known how open the project is. Measuring openness provides a metrics for sustainability and how easy it is to meaningfully engage with it. This session will introduce the OSS Watch Software Sustainability Maturity Model and provide an opportunity to evaluate projects of your choosing using the online openness rating tool.

Collaborative research funding opportunities (Funding ops)

  • Where do I look for funding and how do I get it?

SAGA: Simple API for Grid Applications - uses and developments (SAGA)

  • A number of discussions are planned that relate to the SAGA standard, its current status, recent implementations and opportunities for the future including its relationship to recent progress relating to the BES\HPC interoperability demonstration.

Towards a Bulk Data Copy Activity Document (Data copy doc)

  • Efficiently copying data between different (incompatible) storage resources as scheduled, fault-tolerant batch jobs is a key challenge, especially in distributed and heterogeneous environments where resources often do not provide common interfaces for performing third-party transfers. Building on earlier work of the NGS, OMII-UK and ARCS, DTS is an open-source project developing a set of loosely coupled platform independent components for brokering data transfers between a wide range of (potentially incompatible) storage resources. In this context, the definition of an open standard for describing a bulk data copying activity will provide a key foundation in addressing the challenges of data management. In this session, we would like to discuss the requirements for a bulk data copy activity, potentially building upon the JSDL data staging model and OGSA Data Movement Interface (DMI), and outline some potential design features for further refinement and consideration.

Intellectual Property (IP)

  • What is IP and what can I do with it?

Commercial opportunities (Commercial ops)

  • What do business investors/partners look for?
  • Getting more involved in projects using your OS code

Themes for developing software (S/W themes)

  • Targeting research funding

Themes for new ideas (Idea themes)

  • Finding more users
  • Community development

Supporting ESFRI and other large scale national/international projects. (ESFRI support)

  • The NGS has a remit to support universities in supporting and providing infrastructure for collaborative e-research projects. Forthcoming ESFRI projects will require universities, through their research computing groups, to be aware of such requirements from these projects and working with parties such as the NGS and OMII, need to be aware of the drivers from the EU to utilise standardised e-infrastructure. This will predominantly be driven by the newly created EGI (European Grid Initiative), within which the NGS is the UK member. With the creation of the EGI and the transition from EGEE to this new EU wide structure, now is a good time to fully investigate and understand requirements in supporting ESFRI like projects in the UK.

The Secure Sharing Manifesto: GridwiseTech (Secure sharing)

  • In the highly collaborative environments, people want to create ad-hoc secure sharing groups ("virtual organizations") on the fly, share assets (data, apps) and then equally easily quit the groups, automatically revoking all permissions. GridwiseTech argue that secure sharing should be as easy as a mouse click and take seconds enabling users to share data easily without involving system administrators in the process. This is not how the Grid functions today, where VOs are static and dynamic sharing does not exist. GridwiseTech would like to know if people agree that this is a problem. Would there be a group that supports the "manifesto" summarized above? Would there be communities that support the deployment of AdHoc?

e-Labs - The Research, Technology and Users of Highly Collaborative projects

  • e-Labs are technical platforms that bring together researchers and resources in a social web2.0 context.
  • Through the correct role based composition of the project team, shared technology base and focus on specific domains they are a recipe for highly collaborative, cross domain projects that work in principle and in practice.
  • Various e-Lab projects (Sysmo-DB, myExperiment, MethodBox and BioCatalogue) will be discussed with a highlight on what social and technical factors allowed for the success and development of these environments.
  • The people involved in maintaining the social dynamics of the projects as well as the technical architects will be available for discussion and consultation on building such user and research focused platforms.

e-Labs: applications and devices - where next? (e-Lab roadmap)

  • This discussion focusses on the integration of laboratory equipment with e-Lab software applications. e-Lab-books, workflows, tools and apparatus are becoming more prevalent - what goals and objectives should be incorporated in the development and deployment roadmap? Is it necessary for all equipment to have a built-in computer? Why not transfer data directly to shared applications?

Sustainable commercial exploitation of software

  • There are a number of different ways to exploit research-related software. These range from closed IP-protected routes to fully OS-related support approaches and others in between. This session will be an opportunity to share experiences, ideas and questions about all of these.

Template for reporting back

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How to feedback

Please send the completed reporting back template and notes to:

Simon Hettrick

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