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Individual 1, who at that point had become the President of the United States

Anonymisation and research   Human data are among the richest and most complex available to researchers. With such data comes great responsibility, however, not least that of protecting the safety and privacy of subjects. Recent changes in the legal landscape, most prominently the General Data Protection Regulation, have enshrined in law the obligation to safeguard …

Mapping Ethical Challenges in the Internet of Things for Research

Dr Lachlan Urquhart (Lecturer in Technology Law, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Martin Flintham (Assistant Professor in Computer Science, University of Nottingham). Lachlan.urquhart@ed.ac.uk and martin.flintham@nottingham.ac.uk Jan 2019. Towards the Internet of Things The door refused to open. It said, “Five cents, please.” He searched his pockets. No more coins; nothing. “I’ll pay you tomorrow,” he told …

Digital Research Vision at Nottingham

Research excellence at Nottingham is underpinned by a broad range of digital facilities and services and the Digital Research Strategy underpins the overall Research Vision. Over the past two years we have been focused on delivering new capability while also exploiting new opportunities through digital initiatives. New services have been developed to enable effective management …

Computing Chemistry, Modelling Molecules

When Ellen Guest was struggling with A Level Chemistry, her teacher suggested she drop the course altogether. And yet she persisted. Fast forward a few years and Ellen has an MSci in Chemistry and is Chemistry PhD candidate conducting important drug discovery research. You might assume this type of work is conducted in a traditional chemistry lab, …

Introducing Ben, a familiar face in a new role

After over a month on the job as Digital Research Specialist for the Faculty of Science, I have just enough time to introduce myself. I am not a new face at the University: you may recognise me from such roles as student, teaching assistant, guest lecturer, student supervisor and co-lead of the Heritage & Digital …

Research Tool Review: Learning to Loathe the Livescribe Echo – and Why You Might Love It

My difficulties with the Livescribe Echo begin before I’ve even started writing: what, I find myself wondering, am I supposed to do with the cap? Full disclosure: I have repeatedly demonstrated the Echo to staff across the University of Nottingham, and urged them to give it a try. And yet somehow, the problem of the …

Digital Research Team Receive Best Paper Award at ICISO 2018

This week I attended the 18th International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations, held at the University of Reading. The theme for this year’s conference was Digitalisation, Innovation and Transformation, and over three days we got to hear a wide-range of talks on Business Intelligence, Data Visualisation, Technology Acceptance, Strategy Lifecycles, Digital Games and …

Fear and Loathing on the Pokémon Go Trail. Also, Some Cautious Optimism: An Afternoon at the ODI

It’s 2 o’clock on a sultry summer afternoon; outside, London is still dreaming of a win against Croatia in the match that night. But here at the Open Data Institute Data Ethics seminar in EC2, things are going deep, fast. I’m thinking out loud about medical records: patient data, researcher data. On my right, a …

Virtual Reality Yoga Trainer: Challenging Computer Science students with disruptive technologies

One of the areas the Digital Research Team (DRT) are actively seeking to have impact is inspiring the next generation of researchers. In addition to recently running a hackathon with students during of digital research week, we have also directly been engaging with students as a part of their undergraduate courses. As a part of …