Digital skills development – courses and drop-ins for staff and students

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 12 October 2016

KeyBoards22Students and staff can now book courses to develop their skills in a wide range of topics, including bibliographic software, data analysis, databases, graphic applications, SharePoint, UNIX, spreadsheets and more.

Drop-ins are also available during term time, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Find more information about dates, locations and how to book the courses.

When research crosses borders: free event for Early Career Researchers, academics & support staff – 29 September, Oxford

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 8 September 2016

UCL Early Career Researchers, academics and research support staff are invited to attend this free event at the University of Oxford. They will learn and discuss the challenges, methods, laws, and possibilities in collecting and sharing research data in international contexts.

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With the SES consortium we have put together an exciting programme of presentations and discussions with both academic and research support perspectives on using research data across continents.

Participants will hear from international research projects in health, law, environment, criminology and more. They will also have the opportunity to ask their questions to our panel of experts at the end of the day.

Read the programme and register now.

Software as first class research output: UCL Research Software Dashboard

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 8 August 2016

The Research Software Development Group is part of UCL Research IT Services . The Group has recently launched its new Research Software Dashboard where you can discover software written at UCL or share your codes via GitHub. The Software List already covers a large range of research themes, including Psychology, Public health, Geography, Archaeology, Engineering and Physics. Explore the Dashboard now.

KeyboardThe Research Software Development Group also provides useful information on how to write and care for your software. Among their recommended resources for instance you will find a link to the Software Sustainability Institute’s top tips and guides.

The Group is available for consultancy and collaboration work with your research projects (fractional or full time effort as needed). Don’t hesitate to contact them, whether before appplying for a grant or during your project!

Wanted! Short presentations on data sharing across borders

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 1 August 2016

The next Data Dialogue event will take place on Thursday 29th of September at the University of Oxford and will focus on research data sharing in an international context. We are looking for UCL Early Career Researchers to give short presentations on their experience of using and sharing data across borders.

The event is aimed at researchers in Science and Engineering in particular but will also interest other researchers. See more information on the event and keynote speakers. The deadline to send us an abstract (max. 300 words) is the 17th of August.

Registration to attend the event is also open.

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Digital Skills: dissertations and thesis clinics – 9 & 25 August, Science Library

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 20 July 2016

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The ISD Digital Skills team will be holding two extra drop-in sessions in August to help UCL students complete their dissertations and theses.

Support will be available for document layout, bibliographic tools, data analysis etc.

Read more about these sessions.

Is it safe to use cloud services such as Dropbox to store and share data?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 7 July 2016

In the Security Knowledge Base, the UCL Information Security team has put together useful advice to help you assess whether using cloud services is safe. The guide enable to consider three important questions:

  1. Is the cloud service secure enough for this type of information?
  2. Is it compliant – and will it remain compliant – with relevant legislation, contractual or regulatory requirements?
  3. Are the other risks that arise from using this service acceptable?

The guide also provides key information on personal data protection, Intellectual Property Right and risk assessment.

If you need an alternative to commercial services you can use the in-house UCL Drop Box.

Free Research Data event for Early Career Researchers – 28 July, Cambridge

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 28 June 2016

UCL Early Career Researchers from a range of disciplines are invited to attend the SES Data Dialogue events. On the 28th of July, participants will learn how to better approach research data sharing – including sensitive data -, how to gain access to restricted, secure or open data, and what types of data repositories are available.

This event takes place at the University of Cambridge and will enable Early Career Researchers to hear from key speakers from the UK’s leading Research Data centres and to join a discussion amongst peers with tangible experience in accessing, managing and sharing data.

Read the programme and register now.

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Science & Engineering South – looking for Early Career Researchers’ submissions

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 25 May 2016

The Science & Engineering South Consortium (SES) is looking for Early Career Researchers for the first event of its “Data Dialogue” series on the 28th of July (Cambridge). Organisers are currently seeking researchers for lightening talks at the event. Travel expenses will be covered for all speakers. Send your proposal by the 3d of June!

About The Data Dialogue SES

Researchers are faced throughout their careers with managing research data. Implementing best practice early on can help you to access the right data quickly, but also ensures that data is relevant, reusable and accessible to others, contributing further to scientific research.

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Drop-in Clinic with the UK Data Service – 23 May

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 12 May 2016

Experts from the UK Data Service  will advise research staff and students on working with qualitative and quantitative research data.

The UKUKDataService Data Service (UKDS) is funded by ESRC and is the country’s largest archive of social science and economic research data.

Four UKDS representatives will provide advice and guidance on a range of topics, including informed consent, data storage and security, anonymisation techniques, documentation standards, and more.

This Research Data Drop-in Clinic will be held on Monday, 23 May 2016 from 12:00 – 2:00pm at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (Keppel Street London WC1E 7HT).

Admission: Drop-in. No registration is required. Open to all Bloomsbury research staff and students. See for further information and venue details.

Research Programming – next Technical Social event: 12 May

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 27 April 2016

The next Research Programming Technical Social event will take place on the 12th of May and will focus on open science & data-intensive research. Find more information and how to register.

The previous presentations of these monthly events organised by UCL Research IT Services are available on the website of the UCL Research Programming Hub.