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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 …

Heads I Win, Tails Don’t Count: Negative Results, Open Data, and the Curious World of Research Publication

In Tom Stoppard’s famous absurdist drama Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (well, famous, at any rate, to people who like absurdist drama) the first act opens with the title characters betting on a coin toss. Rosencrantz is quite happy with how this has been going: he is betting on heads, and the toss has indeed …

DRHack: The results of our Digital Research Hackathon

On the afternoon of Friday 27 April, at the same time as the Digital Research Week’s closing ceremony, DRHack kicked off. We co-hosted this event with HackSoc, a student society dedicated to hacking. We invited students to come and try their hand at designing and creating new ways of engaging with research data. Hackathon participants …

First Month on the Job: Small Problems. Big Questions. Tiny Salamanders

Four weeks on the job already, and this is only my first blog post as a member of the Digital Research team. I haven’t even got my staff profile set up yet: LinkedIn will have to do for the moment. Apologies for that: there just hasn’t been the time. I joined the team on April …

Arts Digital Impact: Crowdsourcing Place-Names in Staffordshire

This is a guest blog by Jayne Carroll.   Place-names are short texts – they can tell us all sorts of things about the people, landscape, and languages of the past. In England, most place-names are very old. Many of them were given by Anglo-Saxons as descriptive labels more than a thousand years ago. We …

Join our workshops to influence the University’s Digital Research Strategy

We are pleased to invite all University of Nottingham staff and students to participate in one of our five Digital Research Strategy Workshops. The goal of these workshops will be to explore how digital technologies enable tackling new research challenges, providing new scientific insights, and offering approaches to the understanding of people and their behaviours. …

Digital Research Week: Hands-on Demonstrations Wednesday 25 April

On Wednesday 25 April, the atrium in the Engineering and Sciences Learning Centre on University Park will host the Digital Research Week’s Demo Day. We have invited researchers from all faculties to showcase innovative technology that they have been working on, and are proud to introduce the following demonstrations: Will Bowden from the Department of …

Internet of Things & Research Ethics Cards

Internet of things (IoT) devices & services are increasingly embedded in different aspects of our daily lives. These range from smart speakers (Amazon Alexa) and intelligent thermostats (Nest) in our homes, to smart workplaces (the Edge[1]) & a plethora of smart city projects around the world changing how we interact with urban public space. As …

Digital Research Week: Bring your Research Data to life at DRHack, our Digital Research Hackathon in partnership

Bring your research data to life with DRHack, our Digital Research Hackathon On Friday 27 April and Saturday 28 April 2018, as part of the University Of Nottingham’s Digital Research Week, the Digital Research Team are pairing up with HackSoc to organize a 24-hour hackathon. We are calling all researchers at the University of Nottingham …

Creating 3D environments 2/2: 3D Scanning and Photogrammetry

After discussing 360 video capture and 3D modelling in a previous blog post, we now introduce two other techniques for capturing 3D environments, 3D scanning and photogrammetry. 3D Scanning 3D Scanning is an approach commonly used in architectural and geospatial surveying. It involves the use of professional equipment which measures the distance of objects using …