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Launch of Julia Users Group

Cyrus Wyett, Gillian Sinclair,

Are you interested in using the Julia programming language for your project? Would you like to discuss this with other users? A new group has just been launched to bring interested parties together.

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Sharing Computational and Data Expertise at UoM

Dave Topping, Robert Haines, Gillian Sinclair,

The University of Manchester is one of the largest UK universities with over 6000 PGRs and researchers. There is a great deal of expertise and knowledge within the University but how do we share that knowledge? A new central hub for special interest groups (SIGs) and user groups centred around computational research and data analytics hopes to help.

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Bringing The Metaverse to Fusion Research

Oliver Woolland,

The Metaverse, virtual environments which users can explore and interact with, is beginning to be applied to engineering challenges. Can the Nvidia Omniverse help accelerate Fusion Energy research? Oliver Woolland, Research Software Engineer (RSE), has supported a team leading an investigation, bringing advanced scientific and engineering tools to the Metaverse.


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HPC Pool Survey Results

Chris Graves, Pen Richardson,

Thank you to everyone who completed our HPC Pool survey late last year. In this blog post we recap on some of the results from the survey and our future plans.


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Highly Restricted Data Service Engagement Sessions

image of a padlock
image of a padlock
Caroline Martin, Danielle Owen,

During February and March, the Research Lifecycle Programme’s Highly Restricted Data Service (HRDS) project (Project S) held two engagement sessions for researchers and University staff interested in the development of our Data Safe Haven (DSH) service and our newly installed SafePod.


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Planned Research Data Storage Essential Work

Image of sign reading "Temporarily Closed For Construction"
Image of sign reading "Temporarily Closed For Construction"
Simon Hood,

As part of the ongoing development of the Research Data Storage (RDS) platform (Isilon), essential work will be taking place on Saturday 5th March.

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Enabling Access to UK Environmental Data

Gillian Sinclair,

Research IT is to a play a major role in a £7 million project, led by The University of Manchester, to provide easy access to an extensive range of the UK’s environmental data.


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Who Is Responsible for Twitter Data?

Joseph Allen,

A guest blog post from Joe Allen from UKDS who, as part of a five-part mini series, gets us thinking about the challenges and ethical implications of using Twitter data.

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A Spectacle of Lens Research

Patricia Barnby,

Dr Michael Read, New Technologies Manager at Eurolens, commissioned our Mobile Development Service (MDS) to produce a showcase to demonstrate how the use of a mobile app for data collection can be user friendly and enable more frequent and timely data collection as opposed to conventional paper-based surveys.

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Research IT Christmas Holiday Arrangements

Gillian Sinclair,

A short message about Research IT support over the Christmas period.


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Top Ten Research IT Blog Posts of 2021

Gillian Sinclair,

As it’s approaching the end of the term, it seems like a good time to look back on our most popular blog posts of 2021. In a year when many people returned to campus, working from home blog posts featured less but people were still keen to know how to access resources from home.


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Further Investment in the Computational Shared Facility (CSF)

Simon Hood,

Continuing investment by the Faculty of Science and Engineering and University research groups is enabling further upgrades of our popular Computational Shared Facility (CSF).

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