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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 …

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 …

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 …

Making data meaningful for those with colour blindness

We look at some of the open source software helping researchers to make their research findings accessible to those with colour blindness, driving equality and inclusiveness. Eight percent of men are affected by colour vision impairment, having difficulties distinguishing between colours and thereby confusing certain colours that the majority of people see readily. As researchers …

Expand your research possibilities

Expand your research possibilities, share your research, find an expert. In an increasingly digital world, new technologies can help develop research by boosting the reuse of data and developing new collaboration opportunities. Reusing research provides numerous benefits. In the first instance, accessing current or previous data sets, information, and knowledge can help support and develop …

50 code challenges in 50 days

For the last few weeks, we have been posting a daily code challenge to the Research Software Network Team. Today marks fifty working days since the first challenge. It has been great to see the enthusiastic engagement with the challenges by colleagues from all stages of their careers. There have been really constructive conversations in …

COVID-19: Digital Research support for researchers

As this extended period of home working continues, our research community faces ever more challenges in maintaining research and is increasingly looking towards digital technology for support. *** Whether it’s to maintain our strong ethos of collaboration both internally and externally, collect and store data, analyse findings, or conserve and preserve outputs, researchers are having …

Driving simulators: four years as an automotive Human Factors researcher

My name is Dr Sanna Pampel, new Digital Research Specialist (as of January 2020) and the main contact point in that role for the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Arts.  My face may be familiar to Engineering colleagues as I was, from November 2015 to December 2019, a Research Fellow for Automotive Human Factors. In that role, I tested user interfaces for cars, including digital …

Digital Data in Cancer Research

Effective collaboration and data management using OneNote Associate Professor Alan McIntyre (School of Medicine) leads a research group that studies the effects of hypoxia (low levels of oxygen) in the context of molecular and cell biology, with a focus on cancerous tumours. The research generates large amounts of raw and processed data in multiple formats. …