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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 …

Cloud Computing for Research

Recently more and more services are moving towards the cloud, it’s a relentless march and one that we can’t and shouldn’t ignore. My work and personal email accounts are now entirely cloud based, at home we download TV programs and films from the cloud and while I write this blog I’m listening to some music …

Development of a computational platform to support the use of Genome Wide Association Studies

Post by Dr. Philip Quinlan, Advanced Data Analysis Centre (ADAC) The Advanced Data Analysis Centre (ADAC) provides world-leading data analysis expertise, and can assist in developing analytical processes and pipelines. We are currently working in conjunction with the ‘Crops for the Future’ Research Centre at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus to develop a computational platform to …

Digital Innovation in Arts Impact

As Digital Research Manager, and previously as Digital Humanities Manager, I’ve been working with a number of digital Arts projects over the last few years. A lot of that work has been about helping researchers to use digital tools to enhance the process of doing research. For this case study, I plan to investigate a …

Digitising Paper Based Research Data: Digital Research Initiative 1 2017

As a Digital Research Specialist, researchers often say to me: “What do I need technology for?” This comes as no surprise since many types of research do not immediately lend themselves to digital technology. For instance Ethnography, the systematic study of people and cultures, is typically achieved through just using pen and paper. In fact, …

Digital Engagement in Politics and Law: Digital Research Case Study 13 2017

Researchers in the Schools of Law and Politics often work in sensitive and challenging research areas which are difficult to engage research participants and members of the public in. You may have come across my blog series on Digital Engagement, which inspired a new digital engagement project. Jan Meyer-Sahling, Professor of Political Science and Richard …

Digital Sociology: Digital Research Case Study 3 2017

The School of Sociology and Social Policy is home to many researchers who could benefit from the use of digital technologies, but miss out on these opportunities due to a perceived lack of relevance. As a first step toward challenging this perception, the digital research team have facilitated an interdisciplinary collaboration between Christian Karner, Associate …

Secure RDM in Education: Digital Research Case Study 2 2017

The School of Education works with a vast range of personally sensitive research data, much of which involves teaching and learning with children. The SoE also has a significant throughput of post-graduate researchers per year, meaning research data is being created and archived quickly. An added complexity is that much of this data is gathered …

Computational Geography: Digital Research Case Study 1 2017

The School of Geography has several researchers who require large amounts of computational power to analyse their research data. The digital research team are trialing a new Research Software Engineering (RSE) service which will offer support and consultancy in the use of high performance computing. The RSEs will help researchers to gain access to different …

COMPARE – an overview

The Centre for Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE) is a Signature Research Centre, jointly funded by the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham. COMPARE is built around optical imaging as a research method, and seeks to link together pools of microscopes at the two institutions so as to enhance research output. Ultimately, a University of Nottingham researcher …