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

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 11 October 2017

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, R, spreadsheets and more.

Digital skills drop-ins are also available during term time, on Wednesdays.

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

The Wellcome’s new policy on sharing research outputs

By Daniel Van Strien, on 27 July 2017

The Wellcome has recently announced an updated policy on sharing research outputs. This policy develops their existing policies on Open Access publishing and research data to emphasise the importance of sharing research software and other research outputs.  This forms part of the Wellcome’s broader promotion of Open Research practices.

You can find the announcement of the Wellcome’s new policy on their website. If you need support with writing an ‘Outputs Management Plan’ for the Wellcome or another funders further guidance is available.

 

Research IT & Data Management drop-ins: 2017-18 dates (Terms 1 & 2)

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 18 July 2017

The Research Data Management and Research IT teams will run more regular drop-in sessions in 2017-18. These sessions are open to all research staff and research students and will be attended by someone from the Research Data Management team as well as representatives from all of the RITS service areas; if you have any questions or problems related the following areas, you should find someone there who can help:

  • research programming
  • workflow automation
  • finding tools and services for your research programmes
  • high performance computing
  • handling large datasets
  • handling sensitive data
  • data storage
  • Research Data Management (including Data Management Plans).

There’s no need to book, but we can make sure there’ll be someone there to help with your problem if you email rits@ucl.ac.uk ideally two days before the session.

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Research Programming – next Technical Social event: 24/05, 4.30pm

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 17 May 2017

UCL Research IT Services (RITS) organise regular informal events where you can learn about useful tools and techniques which will help with your research while meeting other students and staff who use computers for science. Each event features a short talk followed by informal discussion over pizza and drinks.

RITSThe next Research Programming Technical Social event will take place on the 24th of May and will focus on Fortran, the dominant programming language of computational science. Find more information and how to register.

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

New date! Introduction to Research Support & Integrity: 02/05

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 21 March 2017

SignpostsThis regular training course introduces PhD students to research support available during the course of their studies.

It is relevant for all PhD students, whatever the stage reached in their project and is applicable to all disciplines.

Each half-day session focuses on Research Integrity, Research Data Management, Data Protection, Research Ethics, Open Access and Research IT. It highlights good practices in these areas, as well as explain the expectations of researchers.

The last session of the academic year will be held on Tuesday 2nd of May (10am-1pm). More dates will be available in the next academic year.

Booking information is available on the Doctoral Skills Development Programme website.

Digital Skills courses & drop-ins: new dates

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 28 February 2017

KeyBoards22Students and staff can book courses in March 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 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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

Introduction to Research Support @ UCL – courses for all PhD students: 01/03 and 28/03

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 1 February 2017

UCLQuadThis new regular training course is running to introduce PhD students to research support available during the course of their studies.

It is relevant for all PhD students, whatever the stage reached in their project and is applicable to all disciplines.

The half-day session will focus on Research Integrity, Research Data Management, Data Protection, Research Ethics, Open Access and Research IT. It will highlight good practices in these areas, as well as explain the expectations of researchers.

The next dates are

  • Wednesday 1st March, 2-5pm
  • Tuesday 28th March, 10am-1pm

More dates will be available in the next term. Booking information is available on the Doctoral Skills Development Programme website.

Research software management, sharing and sustainability workshop: free events across the UK for researchers working with software

By Daniel Van Strien, on 4 January 2017

Jisc, in collaboration with the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI), University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield, University of Bath, University of Leicester, University of Birmingham, the British Library and STFC are inviting all researchers interested and passionate about developing or using research software to join a workshop on this subject.

Events are taking place across the UK, including a workshop at the British Library on the 12th of January, 2017. These free events invite researchers to:

• Share experiences and best practice around managing and sharing software for research
• Discuss and explain the blockers and issues you are having with the current best practice and why it is not working in your research group
• Work with others on developing new solutions for problems that might not have been tackled yet in this area

Spaces are filling quickly so you are recommended to register soon if you are interested in attending.

UCL researchers using – or thinking about using – software in their research have a range of support available to them at UCL. Research IT Services (RITS) can support researchers with research software development, research data storage and high performance computing. For researchers wanting to develop their software skills RITS also offers training. You can read about the support RITS has provided researchers at UCL on their Showcase page. 

 

Research Programming – next Technical social event: 7 December, 5pm

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 29 November 2016

RITSUCL Research IT Services (RITS) organise regular informal events where you can learn about useful tools and techniques which will help with your research while meeting other students and staff who use computers for science. Each event features a short talk followed by informal discussion over pizza and drinks!

The next event will take place on the 7th of December. We will hear about building a Web Lab. Register now.

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Introduction to Research Support @ UCL: new course for all PhD students

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 1 November 2016

UCLQuadA new regular training course is running to introduce PhD students to research support available during the course of their studies.

It is relevant for all PhD students, whatever the stage reached in their project and is applicable to all disciplines.

The half-day session will focus on Research Integrity, Research Data Management, Data Protection, Research Ethics, Open Access and Research IT. It will highlight good practices in these areas, as well as explain the expectations of researchers.

The next date is Wednesday 7th of December, 2-5pm. More dates will be available in the next terms. Booking information is available on the Doctoral Skills Development Programme website.