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Making a podcast

Podcasts are a great way to engage a large and diverse audience. In this blog, we discuss what you need to plan, record, edit, and publish a podcast.   STEP ONE: Planning Before you do anything, you’ll want to think about the following elements. They will help you manage your podcast and shape it into …

Learn how to train a Simpsons character classifier at home using Ludwig

Researchers may be wondering what tools are available for them to work on their datasets from home. In this blog, we highlight an open-source toolkit that allows researchers to implement machine learning architectures and deep learning models on their home computers with little to no coding. In this blog post you will learn about the …

Going Greener Digitally with Enzymes 

Nature is the Best Chemist Nature is the best synthetic chemist, capable of manufacturing chemicals in an energy-efficient manner and with biodegradable by-products. Millions of years of evolution have explored and optimized reaction pathways, and we would be foolish not to exploit that chemistry. Critical to this efficiency are enzymes – biological catalysts – that are not consumed by …

From Subsystem to Super System – Windows Subsystem for Linux, a Gateway to HPC

If you are seeking to leverage the full extent of computational resources for your research, you are likely to end up using a Unix machine to run your software. This is especially true if you are developing software and data analysis pipelines on High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities, like Augusta – our own HPC facility at …

Oxjam becomes Voxjam!

COVID-19 has profoundly disrupted the creative industries. The cancellation of in-person events, performances and exhibitions has seen a surge in the introduction of digital technology to allow people to still enjoy live events. By Paul Tennent and Steve Benford Oxjam is a national music event that raises money for Oxfam. Now in its 10th year, …

An Attempt at Automatically Classifying Political Leaflets Using Ludwig

In this blog, we discuss some innovative AI-driven work being undertaken in collaboration with Prof. Caitlin Milazzo from the School of Politics and International Relations. Ludwig is on open-source toolbox that allows the training and testing of deep learning networks without the need to write any code. In this pilot study we wanted to see …

Running an online poster session

In this blog, we look at options for hosting an online conference poster session. Teams can facilitate meetings of up to three hundred people and is a good option for those wanting to run virtual events. With a little creativity, you can easily incorporate a poster session into a Team. There is no fixed way …

Programming – it’s all a question of style!

Today we look at the creation and potential reuse of programming code. An inordinate amount of code is created by researchers and academics at the University, but how much of it is ever reused? Is it possible to reuse it, potentially by someone from another faculty, school or department? Can it be easily understood by …

How prototyping helps us move ideas off the drawing-board

This post describes how Digital Research uses Microsoft 365 tools like Power Automate to prototype future services, in collaboration with researchers. The Digital Research Specialists are often relied upon to bring researchers into the process of developing new digital services. Sometimes – when a service doesn’t exist yet – we also build our own “rapid …

Supporting the PGR community in working remotely

Following a recent town hall meeting for PGRs, there was clear feedback from the community around difficulties in accessing software and data remotely. Working with a number of postgraduate researchers, our Digital Research Specialists have helped explore a variety of technical options and found solutions that are available to the entire community. Depending on the …