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Making a Difference Award for Manchester Urban Observatory

Published: 19 Jul 2021, 11:12 a.m. Revised: 19 Jul 2021, 11:12 a.m.
Author: Ann Gledson, Gillian Sinclair

Ann Gledson, Research Software Engineer, is part of a cross-university team that recently won a University of Manchester “Making a Difference” award for the Manchester Urban Observatory.

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Providing Edge Compute Services for a New National Facility

Published: 6 Jul 2021, 2:25 p.m. Revised: 6 Jul 2021, 2:25 p.m.
Author: Christopher Heely, Mark Lundie, Simon Hood

The Research IT Edge Compute and Satellite Storage service was launched in August, 2020. Find out how we have been helping the National Research Facility for Lab X-ray Computed Tomography to establish a networked computing and data storage facility

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The University of Manchester joins the SafePod Network

Published: 5 Jul 2021, 11:55 a.m. Revised: 6 Jul 2021, 8:29 a.m.
Author: Mary McDerby

A Safepod has now been installed in the University Library allowing researchers to meet security requirements whilst working with highly restricted data, confidential or personal information.

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Summer Carpentry Training

Published: 1 Jul 2021, 1:25 p.m. Revised: 1 Jul 2021, 1:25 p.m.
Author: Chris Grave, Douglas Lowe, Kamilla Kopec-Harding, Aleksandra Nenadic

Members of Research IT are contributing to the current series of Carpentry workshops for researchers, postgraduates and staff at the University of Manchester, which was kicked off early in June with an online Library Carpentry workshop.

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Data Mining Student Engagement Patterns

Published: 23 Jun 2021, 12:39 p.m. Revised: 23 Jun 2021, 12:39 p.m.
Author: Ann Gledson

Back in 2019, two Research Software Engineers (RSEs) were co-authors on a paper which aimed to motivate users to reflect on their search behaviour, and to experiment with different search functionalities. This work has now been extended using data mining.

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CHaPEL: Cleanliness is next to...?

Published: 9 Jun 2021, 10:33 a.m. Revised: 9 Jun 2021, 10:33 a.m.
Author: Phil Bradbury, Adrian Harwood

Our Mobile Development Service (MDS) has been working with School of Health Sciences PhD student Sewon Lee to assist in building an app on a very limited budget that allows hospital cleaning staff to log exposure to, and usage of, hazardous products in their role.

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Helping to Celebrate 200 years of The Guardian Newspaper

Published: 2 Jun 2021, 9:50 a.m. Revised: 2 Jun 2021, 9:50 a.m.
Author: Anthony Evans, Ian Gifford

University libraries are increasingly hosting their collections online to reach a wider audience, however conventional web publishing platforms, such as WordPress, have been found to lack essential features that are required in digital collections. This is where dedicated digital collections platforms step in to provide the specialist set of technologies that would otherwise not be available.

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Distributing Hardware-optimized Simulation Software with Conda

Published: 25 May 2021, 9:24 a.m. Revised: 25 May 2021, 9:24 a.m.
Author: Robin Long, Douglas Lowe, Stian Soiland-Reyes

Two of our Research Software Engineers have been working with the University eScience Lab on a BioExcel project to develop Conda packages for GROMACS making it easier for researchers to set up and run the software and to increase its reproducibility from computational workflow systems.

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Help Shape the Future of Centrally Provided Computational Resources

Published: 5 May 2021, 10:15 a.m. Revised: 10 May 2021, 11:14 a.m.
Author: Robert Haines

The University is seeking to gain a better understanding of both existing and aspirational use of centrally provided computational resources, for both research and for teaching and learning.

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MacOS blocking you from installing your own apps?

Published: 29 Apr 2021, 3:29 p.m. Revised: 29 Apr 2021, 3:29 p.m.
Author: Adrian Harwood

If you write your own MacOS apps and distribute them outside the Mac App Store then you will find your apps blocked by Apple’s Gatekeeper software if you run MacOS Catalina or later. Find out how the Mobile Development Service can help you with our Notarization Service.

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