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Promoting Open Research

Gillian Sinclair,

Research Software Engineer Ann Gledson appears in a new video case study from the Office for Open Research discussing how to make research data available to a diverse research community.

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Help Shape the Future of Research IT

David Topping; Robert Haines,

We are looking for members of the new Research IT Academic Advisory Group (RITAAG), from PhD researchers to senior academics and PS staff.

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Do Birds of a Feather Flock Together?

Phil Bradbury,

Our Mobile Development Service (MDS) was recently approached by Dr Jonny Huck from the School of Environment, Education and Development, to develop a mobile app to collect data related to the movement and gathering patterns (or otherwise) of people in various areas of Chile to see if those sharing the same country of origin tended to visit and/or congregate in groups.

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New Research Database Service Launched

Carly Moseley,

A new service for researchers has been launched! The Research Database Service provides professionally managed databases for unrestricted data.

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New Version of REDCap Launched

Carly Moseley,

We are pleased to announce that the new version of REDCap is live and you can now request an account through the ITS support portal.

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Compute Resources Available for Student Projects

Data centre rack with many units, interconnects and lights
Data centre rack with many units, interconnects and lights
Pen Richardson,

Did you know that UGs and PGTs from the Faculty of Science and Engineering can use our HPC Platform for their projects?

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Research IT Infrastructure Engineer Appointed N8 CIR Theme Lead

image of a keyboard
image of a keyboard
Peter Crowther; Gillian Sinclair,

Peter Crowther from our Research Infrastructure team has recently been appointed as the N8 CIR Research Infrastructure Engineer (RIE) Theme Lead promoting community development for RIEs.

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Mathcad Licence Update - Mathcad users act now!

Anja Le Blanc,

The University is going to renew its Mathcad licence for another year until end of July 2023 but there is some action required from Mathcad users.

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Interested in NVidia GPU / Python Training?

Gillian Sinclair,

We are currently gauging interest for a potential NVidia training course and we need your feedback!

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Azure Skies Ahead for MDS Testing

image of a hand showing a mobile phone displaying a variety of apps
image of a hand showing a mobile phone displaying a variety of apps
Patricia Barnby,

Testing mobile apps is challenging. When released via the app stores an app can potentially be downloaded onto numerous different sizes, makes and models of phones which run either Android or iOS with different operating system versions. Automated testing on the cloud provides affordable access to a large subset of these devices. Read about how our Mobile Development Service (MDS) makes use of Microsoft’s mobile testing platform on Azure, to ensure quality apps are released to the stores.

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Subcellular Visualisation on the Web with Shiny

David Mawdsley, Jo Watson, Gillian Sinclair,

Our pilot Shiny app hosting service is allowing University researchers to showcase their research in exciting and interactive new ways. In this blog post, we show how Jo Watson, from the School of Biological Sciences, used it to publish an app accompanying her recent paper on subcellular visualisation.

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Aiding Breast Cancer Prevention in Under-supported Groups

Adrian Harwood,

Research Software Engineers Patricia Barnby and Adrian Harwood, of our Mobile Development Service, have developed a new app in partnership with The Nightingale Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital and the Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. It targets women under the age of 35 with a family history of breast cancer – a group for whom there is little support available at present.

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