Data-X Exhibition and Symposium – Date for your diary!

You are invited to the opening reception of the Pioneering Research Data (Data-X) Exhibition in the Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh on Friday 25 November 2016. The opening will start at 5.00pm with a drinks reception, snacks and live performances, and end at 8.00pm.

Data-X is a University of Edinburgh IS Innovation Fund initiative supported by the Data Lab and ASCUS. It brings together PhD researchers from the arts and sciences to develop collaborative ‘installations’ which will explore data re-use and disciplinary boundaries.

‘Installations’ will take the form of digital sculptures, simulations, performances, soundscapes, interactive exhibits, 3D structures, machinery, visualisations.

The exhibition runs from 26 November – 6 December 2016 in the Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Main Building, 74 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DF

To accompany the exhibition a symposium will be held on 1 December 2016 in the Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art. PhD researchers will formally present their ‘installations’ alongside guest speakers including Dr Jane Haley (Edinburgh Neuroscience / FUSION) and Dr James Howie (Co-founder of ASCUS).

To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-x-symposium-tickets-29076676121 or contact: Stuart Macdonald, Data-X Project Manager (email: stuart.macdonald@ed.ac.uk)

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Data-X Meeting: Discuss and present progress

We are pleased to announce that the Data-X exhibition and symposium will be supported by The Data Lab. The Data Lab enables industry, public sector and world-class university researchers to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment. Its core mission is to generate significant economic, social and scientific value from big data.

Each of the Data-X research groups have been working hard over the summer on their ideas and a number of data installations have now been confirmed for the Data-X Exhibition and Symposium. Members of each research group have been invited to showcase and discuss progress towards their respective installations on 19 October (2pm) in room D2, Argyle House (http://edina.ac.uk/about/contact.html).

The Data-X team will announce shortly the dates of the exhibition and symposium which will take place in Edinburgh College of Art at the end of November/start of December. As such planning has commenced on programmes and on promoting and publicising the events.

We aim to make further announcements over the coming weeks so please watch this space!

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Data Science Research Day 2016

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Science is holding their annual Data Science event in Edinburgh where you’ll be able to meet our staff, students and partner organisations.

The main purpose of the day is to meet people working within the data science community and identify new collaborative opportunities.

For further information including registration visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/data-science-research-day-2016-registration-26999748976

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Data and Software Carpentry Workshops

The Research Data Service (RDS) would like to bring the following data-related workshops to you attention, namely:

Data Carpentry Workshop (22 & 23 August, University of Edinburgh Main Library, 30 George Square) – an example-driven two-day workshop on basic data science computing skills. Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged both to help one another, and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions. Tools to be used include OpenRefine, R, and SQL.

For further details see: http://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=80&catid=96&prodid=2350

Software Carpentry Workshop (24 & 25 August, University of Edinburgh Main Library, 30 George Square) – an example-driven two-day workshop on basic data science computing and coding skills. Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged both to help one another, and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions. Tools to be used include Python, Git and Github.

For further details see: http://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=80&catid=96&prodid=2351

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DATA-X

Welcome to the Pioneering Research Data Exhibition Blog – DATA-X.

A showcase of Postgraduate research

Are you a postgraduate research student, an innovator or interested in interdisciplinary collaborations? The DATA-X Pioneering Research Data Exhibition provides a dynamic platform for University of Edinburgh researchers across all Schools to join forces and present their work to audiences from within and outside the university.

As researchers, we are continuously producing data in a myriad of forms. The ways in which our data are captured, organized, interpreted, presented and stored are often invisible and complex to comprehend to the public and our peers. Evolving technologies and data-rich, researcher-driven environments provide new opportunities to share, publish and communicate research results. This broadening of access to and availability of research data can be used to engender new research ideas and open up avenues for collaboration, further leveraging the value of a research investment.

The DATA-X exhibition aims to demystify the world of research data through diverse, dynamic and data-driven ‘installations’ and explore how data is transforming our world. Through collaborative data ‘installations’ you will bring your research and data to life. The ‘installations’ are aimed at impacting the public and your peers directly through a creative exhibition. ‘Installations’ can take the form of hand on demonstrations, digital sculptures, simulations, performances, interactive exhibits, 3D structures, machinery, visualisations.. You are only limited by your imagination!

All University of Edinburgh postgraduate researchers at any stage of their degree, and working in any subject area were invited to participate

1. Workshops

A series of ‘engagement’ workshops were held to inform and shape the exhibition. The DATA-X workshops aimed to bring together researchers to form dynamic multidisciplinary teams to produce new ‘installations’ linked to digital research data objects. Research groups were encouraged to explore synergies in a supportive, interactive and fun environment to find new ways in visualizing, materializing and communicating their research data that is both accessible and inspirational for peers and to non-experts audiences. Workshops also afforded the opportunity to network and collaborate with peer researchers from across the university and earn micro funds towards your multidisciplinary ‘installation’.

The first workshop was held in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Old Medical School Building on 18 May 2016 for research students to get involved in shaping, collaborating on and delivering exciting and innovative multi-disciplinary data ‘installations’. A second workshop was held on 15 June on the King’s Buildings campus, and a third in the McMillan Room, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Old Medical School Building, William Robertson wing (Teviot Place).

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2. Exhibition Launch & Publication
The DATA-X exhibition will showcase innovative research data installations and demonstrate cross-disciplinary outcomes that will act as tangible research outputs in their own right. Research teams worked over the summer and autumn to construct their ‘installation’ and with a view to presenting research outcomes at the Pioneering Research Data Symposium i where researchers can present and demonstrate tools and technologies, processes and techniques behind the data installation. This event will be informal and an open forum to facilitate discussion with a range of academic and non-academic audiences. The DATA-X Exhibition itself will run from 28 Nov. – 6 Dec. 2016, after which the Data-X team will publish an exhibition catalogue as record of the initiative.

Project Management
DATA-X, funded by the Information Services (IS) Innovation Fund, will be managed by the Data Library, a service that provides local researchers with support for finding, accessing, using and managing research data. Exposure to both research workflow and resultant output will inform both Data Library and broader Research Data Service initiatives about diverse Research Data Management (RDM) practises and how future services can be developed and tailored to meet university, funder and researcher needs.

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