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Introducing Trusted Research Environments

The UoN Trusted Research Environment (TRE) Service is now live. The University of Nottingham’s pioneering Trusted Research Environment (TRE) platform is now live, enhancing the University’s research capabilities. Hosted by Digital and Technology Services (DTS) in Microsoft Azure, the secure data platform is available to researchers, partnered institutions and trusted organisations working with highly sensitive …

HoloLens 2 and research

This week, we trialled HoloLens 2 technology with colleagues from the School of Life Sciences, the Biodiscovery Institute, the School of Education, the Nanoscale & Microscale Research Centre, and the Hounsfield Facility.  The workshop was led by InterReality Labs, with support from Microsoft. The HoloLens 2 is an untethered, wearable device that can project holographic …

Approaches to tracking impact

In this blog, we consider approaches to tracking research impact, with a focus on digital tools. We will outline reasons for gathering evidence of impact, what tools you might need to do this, and how digital approaches can help. In short: how can you gather material to show the positive societal change that your work …

Archiving a website

In this guide, we show you how to download and package a website for archiving. If you have produced a website for your research project, you may wish to archive it (or be obliged by your funder to do so). Here, we show you how to do two things: (a) convert a website to a …

Automated anonymisation of texts and transcripts

In this blog, we discuss an automated process for anonymising interview transcripts, patient notes, or other free-text data containing personal information.  Colleagues wishing to share participant notes or interview transcripts, for example as publication appendices or in a research data repository, will likely need to anonymise the data. Anonymisation also comes with a number of …

Creating UoN Research Link

In this blog, we talk about how we created UoN Research Link and some of the technical and design decisions taken. What is UoN Research Link? UoN Research Link is a pilot tool with support until 2024. It lets you search for University of Nottingham colleagues according to research interests and expertise. It can help …

Train a Custom Computer Vision Model using Detectron2

Training a custom computer vision model to work on your research dataset may be daunting due to the imagined complexities and effort involved. However, some very powerful open-source frameworks, such as Detectron2, have recently been made available to simplify the process. Detectron2 is an open-source framework that implements state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms. Detectron2 comes with …

Better OCR of Research Papers and Newspaper Articles

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) describes a technique whereby computers can read printed text. OCR of newspapers, magazines and research papers has always been challenging due to the unconventional and unusual formatting of the material. Text boxes, images and tables are often overlaid and are difficult (for a computer) to distinguish. Conventional, out-of-the-box OCR software is …

CITRUS – Smarter Power

Changing Times How we are using energy is changing. Not only how the energy is generated, but where and when it is used. These changes mean that we are now pushing the limits of how we expected to use our traditional gas-fired power stations, both in terms of the longevity of these sites, the operation …

Conducting research interviews securely online

Interviewing online has several advantages. These include the ability to conduct interviews from anywhere, easily link to automated transcription, and take advantage of document sharing. In this blog, we offer guidance for ensuring compliance with ethical and research-data-management obligations when interviewing online. Microsoft Teams – simple and secure Staff and students at the University have …