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Investigating Automated Transcription and Translation

The Digital Research Team are working with researchers in the School of Education to explore the potential of automated transcription and translation services. Currently researchers either make use of third-party transcription services or simply transcribe the data themselves. In terms of services, the costs for transcription can be quite high (~£60/hour) which means researchers cannot afford …

Digital Engagement (6): Envisioning the Future

As researchers it can be all too easy to forget how difficult research can be for members of the public to understand and apply. Often researchers have a clear vision of what the future of their discipline might look like, but it can be so far at the cutting edge that it has no point of …

Digital Engagement (5): The Crowd and their Knowledge

The Crowd encompasses a range of different people with a wealth of experience, and this pool of experts are an untapped source of knowledge. Digital platforms can give them a voice and opportunity to share their ideas and solutions to complex problems. In fact, even the opinions across the entire crowd can be captured with feedback and …

Digital Engagement (4): The Crowd’s Resources

So far in this blog series we have explored the idea of using the crowd to analysis research data and also to provide their own data. For some types of research, the data the crowd provides may not be suitable or accurate enough e.g. a person’s description of a location (“Notts”) versus a GPS co-ordinate (52.95478319999999 …

Digital Engagement (3): The Crowd and Their Data

Researchers who study people typically collect data about their lives, practices, activities, attitudes and opinions. It can often be a challenge to find the best-matched participants with the right types of data; let alone in large numbers. By using Crowd Sourcing you can encourage ‘The Crowd’ to bring themselves and their data directly to you. …

Digital Engagement (2): The Crowd as Sensors

Sometimes in research there are data analysis tasks that are too complicated for computers to manage, but are surprisingly simple for humans to do. This is the basis for Citizen Science, an approach which uses digital platforms to recruit a target audience (‘The Crowd’) to help analyse and classify research data which cannot be automated by …

Digital Technologies: changing the way research is undertaken

Enhance the connectivity of research Digital technologies are driving changes in the way research is undertaken. An example is the use of Crowd Sourcing. This is as a powerful way to harness contributions from large groups of people. They might contribute ideas or undertake specific task. One popular platform for people-powered research is Zooniverse (www.zooniverse.org). …