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1 The University of Manchester joins the SafePod Network

Article Published: 5 Jul 2021, 11:55 a.m. Revised: 6 Jul 2021, 8:29 a.m.

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.

2 Developing an open source environmental data-set and tools

Article Published: 6 Jan 2021, 12:07 p.m. Revised: 6 Jan 2021, 12:17 p.m.

Douglas Lowe and Ann Gledson, Research Software Engineers from Research IT, recently presented an online poster updating on the work they have been doing for an Alan Turing Institute funded project led by David Topping (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Caroline Jay (School of Computer Science).

3 bmBASE: Web Application & Database

Article Published: 26 Aug 2020, 1:30 p.m. Revised: 26 Aug 2020, 2:22 p.m.

Veselin Karaganev, a Computer Science summer student from the University has been working with our Research Software Engineers to develop a web database for the basement membraneBASE project from Wellcome Centre for Cell-Matrix Research.

4 Processing UK Biobank Datasets

Article Published: 15 Jul 2020, 11:56 a.m. Revised: 15 Jul 2020, 2:43 p.m.

When faced with a large dataset from UK Biobank, Alex Casson’s research group needed an easy and quick way to process it. Christopher Beach explains how they tackled this issue with some help from Research IT.

5 Restricted Data Research in the Cloud

Article Published: 16 Apr 2020, 9:22 a.m. Revised: 16 Apr 2020, 9:22 a.m.

If your research involves restricted data you may feel that your computational choices are reduced. Gary Leeming, Project Design Lead for Research Lifecycle Programme Project S "Develop a service to manage restricted data", discusses what the University is doing to open up more options.

6 Making Large Databases Easily Available

Article Published: 12 Dec 2019, 10:24 a.m. Revised: 27 Mar 2020, 2:42 p.m.

Research IT have recently collaborated with Dr. Mabel Sánchez Barrioluengo in the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) to make a large patent information database easily available to researchers in AMBS and across the University.

7 Introducing the Research Data Gateway

Article Published: 11 May 2018, 1:09 p.m.

The Research Data Gateway is a new service to increase the visibility of research data that you have shared. Most research funders, and an increasing number of journals, require researchers to share the data which underlies papers and this service will help you gain the maximum impact from doing this.

8 MANCHESTER-I Your Urban Data Hub for Research and Teaching

Article Published: 30 Apr 2018, 12:57 p.m.

The Triangulum team introduce Manchester-I, a single data hub to bring together urban data from across the city and the University.

9 Data Management Plans are moving online

Article Published: 20 Apr 2018, 1:23 p.m.

The Library have introduced a new institutional data management planning tool which will help researchers to manage their data management plans (DMPs) in a new and streamlined way.

10 Update to UK Biobank Data Sets

Article Published: 22 Mar 2018, 12:06 p.m.

The UK BioBank has now released an update to the full-release 500,000 participant data released last year. Specifically, updated imputed data (study id EGAD00010001474) is now available for use on the CSF, iCSF, DPSF and desktops.

11 Research IT Club Feb - speakers announced

Article Published: 2 Feb 2018, 10:51 a.m.

The next Research IT club will take place on the 21st Feb and will feature updates from our research infrastructure and software engineering teams. Our two feature presentations will look at how Research IT helped to improve the treatment of cancer patients in early clinical trials and the introduction of a new service to make research data sharing easier.

12 Data Carpentry for Social Scientists

Article Published: 22 Dec 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Have you heard of Data Carpentry workshops? They are aimed at researchers who have little to no prior computational experience and provide the fundamental data skills needed to conduct the full life cycle of data-driven research. The UoM Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research is currently preparing carpentry materials for the Social Sciences.

13 New Policy - Research Data Storage on Local Devices & Platforms

Article Published: 24 Nov 2017, 12:30 p.m.

A new policy has been announced on Research Data Storage which affects all researchers. The University very strongly discourages the use of local storage devices (e.g. USB disks) and "in-house" data storage platforms (e.g. local NAS servers), otherwise known as “point storage solutions”.

14 Research IT Club Nov - speakers announced!

Article Published: 1 Nov 2017, 11:27 a.m.

The next Research IT club will take place on the 29th Nov, slightly earlier so as to avoid clashing with Christmas festivities! It will feature updates from our research infrastructure and software engineering teams. Our two feature presentations will look at how Research IT helped to improve the comparison, annotation and mark-up of a collection of scans and the introduction of a new data service for users of NHS data. To attend the event please register so we know how much coffee to order in!

15 Write Software as Part of Your Research?

Article Published: 30 Oct 2017, 10:16 a.m.

Have you heard of Software Carpentry (SWC) and Data Carpentry (DC)? Both organisations have the aim of upskilling researchers so they can upgrade their computational and programming skills and their data analysis skills respectively through a series of workshops and “train the trainer” events.

16 UK BioBank Data Repository Available Now

Article Published: 27 Jul 2017, 9:15 a.m.

We are pleased to announce that the UK BioBank Genotyping and Imputation Data Release (data for all 500,000 participants in UK BioBank) is now available for use on central compute platforms (the CSF, DPSF and iCSF). It is also available as a storage share that can be mapped as a network drive on campus PCs / desktops.

17 UK BioBank Data Repository

Article Published: 23 Jun 2017, 1:56 p.m.

Research IT have downloaded the UK BioBank Genotyping and Imputation Data Release (data for all 500,000 participants in UK Biobank) but we are currently awaiting the decryption keys from the UK BioBank. The keys are expected to be released at the end of June 2017 and we will make the dataset available to researchers as soon as possible after this.

18 UK Data Service Open Data Dive

Article Published: 20 Jul 2016, 9:37 a.m.

The UK Data Service and Digital Innovation are running an intense all-day hackathon on Saturday 24 September at The Shed at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

The UK Data Service Open Data Dive aims to bring together coders, data enthusiasts, graphic designers, project managers and pizza lovers into the same room to hunt down, crunch and beautify open social and economic data.

The Open Data Dive is free to attend and open to everyone. Free lunch and drinks will be provided.

Newcomers are welcome and there will be data specialists and programmers from the UK Data Service on hand to provide support and help. During the day, short parallel workshops will run on finding and understanding data, using APIs and big data.

For more information and registration follow the links below.

19 Data publishing, data reuse and data citation: lessons from Dryad

Article Published: 8 Jun 2016, 1:29 p.m.

New School of Computer Science seminar has been announced:

Date & Location: 14th June 2016 at 11.00 in Kilburn 2.19

Speaker: Dr Todd Vision. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Host: Mary McDerby


Research data supporting scientific publications have a stewardship gap. Much research data is still unavailable for validation and reuse because researchers consider the costs of archiving to outweigh the benefits. To tip the scales in the other direction, learned societies, universities, libraries, publishers, and disciplinary repositories have undertaken a variety of efforts, and the impact of some of these are beginning to be felt.