Overleaf at CERN: Supporting thousands of research collaborations

31/3-004 - IT Amphitheatre (CERN)

31/3-004 - IT Amphitheatre


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Nikos Kasioumis (CERN), Tim Smith (CERN)

Overleaf is an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool that makes the whole process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents much quicker and easier.

Following a year-long CERN-wide trial of collaborative authoring platforms, Overleaf has been fully available to the CERN Community since 2018.

On 3 July 2019 Overleaf and CERN come together to present their use cases, share their experiences and discuss with each other.

    • 9:30 AM 9:45 AM
      Collaborative Scientific Authoring at CERN: A user-centered approach 15m

      For over a year through 2016 to 2017 a CERN-wide trial of collaborative authoring platforms took place, aiming at understanding the authoring habits of the CERN community and gathering user requirements. As a result, the Overleaf cloud platform is now fully available to the CERN Community.

      Speaker: Nikos Kasioumis (CERN)
    • 9:45 AM 10:15 AM
      Overleaf: The founder's perspective on reaching four million users worldwide, and what lies ahead 30m

      Overleaf is a collaborative, cloud-based writing platform with over 3.9 million users worldwide as of early 2019. It's helping to make the process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents quicker and easier for students, teachers and researchers alike.

      Overleaf was founded by two mathematicians in 2012. They had been working on a project involving many partners to build autonomous cars, and work between team members had been challenging. So they built a light-weight, LaTeX-based collaboration system and used it for writing their research papers. It was simple to use - all you needed was a web browser.

      Overleaf has since seen rapid adoption across science and research, and its market-leading collaboration technology is now in use in universities, labs and industry worldwide. These include major institutions such as Stanford and Caltech, with Overleaf becoming an important part not only of research collaborations but also of undergraduate teaching.

      Most recently, Overleaf acquired its nearest competitor ShareLaTeX, and their combined team has worked together to build an even stronger next-generation platform to take collaborative writing to the next level.

      Speakers: Ms Harriet Walsh (Overleaf), Dr John Hammersley (Overleaf)
    • 10:15 AM 10:30 AM
      Coffee break 15m
    • 10:30 AM 10:40 AM
      Overleaf use case at CERN: CLIC 10m
      Speaker: Markus Aicheler (Helsinki Institute of Physics (FI))
    • 10:40 AM 10:50 AM
      Evolution of LaTeX towards Overleaf in the CERN accelerator sector 10m
      Speaker: John Jowett (CERN)
    • 10:50 AM 11:00 AM
      Collaborative writing with Overleaf at TE-MPE-PE 10m
      Speaker: Michal Maciejewski (CERN)
    • 11:00 AM 11:10 AM
      Overleaf use case at CERN: ALICE 10m
      Speaker: David Dobrigkeit Chinellato (University of Campinas UNICAMP (BR))
    • 11:10 AM 11:20 AM
      Overleaf use case at CERN: LHCb 10m
      Speaker: Alex Pearce (CERN)
    • 11:20 AM 11:30 AM
      Overleaf use case at CERN: BioLEIR Yellow Report 10m
      Speaker: Silvia Schuh-Erhard (CERN)
    • 11:30 AM 12:15 PM
      Q&A 45m