DATA-X Pioneering Research Data Exhibition & Symposium

DATA-X has been a University of Edinburgh IS Innovation Fund project, also supported by the Data Lab and ASCUS. The project provided a dynamic platform for University of Edinburgh student researchers across all schools to come together and develop collaborate installations that explore data re-use and interdisciplinary boundaries. Research data are often invisible and complex to comprehend by the public and academic peers, with evolving technology and researcher-driving environments, DATA-X facilitate student researchers with the opportunity to visualize and communicate their research in a user-friendly format to audiences from within and outside the university.

After a series of successful and engaging DATA-X workshops, aimed to inform, shape and create ‘installations’ linked to digital data, the multidisciplinary teams (including students from the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, Reid School of Music, the School of Engineering, The Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology, the School of Chemistry, the Centre for Integrative Physiology and the Queen’s Medical Research Institute) continued to work on their installations throughout the summer in preparation for the DATA-X exhibition and Symposium.

DATA-X Exhibition: 

The DATA-X Exhibition ran from 26 November to 6 December 2016, in the Sculpture Court of the Edinburgh College of Art. A total of six physical installations were installed:

eTunes by Dr Siraj Sabihuddin

etunes1A collaborate project for novices to experience the process and creative input required in constructing a musical instrument from start to finish.

 

 

 

Feel the Heat by Nathalie Vladis and Julia Zaenker

feel-the-heatA data quilt, visualising world temperatures between 1961 to 1990. The installation included temperature data sets and interactive colouring maps for audience participation.

 

 

Inside the black box by Luis Fernando Montaño and Bohdan Mykhaylyk

black-boxAn installation simulating bacterial infections. The audience controls the bacterial infection by interactively administering treatment.

 

 

PUROS Sound Box by Dr. Sophia Banou, Dr. Christos Kakalis and Matt Giannotti

D:PDSound BoxSound Box 1_SB Model (1)An installation that ‘defines’ an ambient musical environment, that is conditioned by the movement of users on an interactive floor.

 

 

 

 

Sinterbot by Adela Rabell Montiell and Dr. Siraj Sabihuddin

sintering-process-300x179A hands on demonstration on the alternative use of an ordinary household microwave for sintering, in order to alter material by heat.

 

 

Surface of Significance by Lucas Godfrey and Matt Giannotti

SOS_PROMO1-300x240An audio-visual installation that reconceptualise geographic space. The installation explores the relationship between space, materiality and process.

 

 

 

The exhibition launch, on 26 November, also included three performance installations that serenaded the audience throughout the evening:

  • o ire by Prof. Nick Fells

A live audio performance during which the performance controller sculpt and shape sounds as the piece unfolds.

A composition based on wind data captured during Hurricane Matthew. Musicians captured the chaotic nature of the storm by moving around and inflecting sporadic sound intensity.

An excerpt of Oli Jan’s composition project ‘The Carnival of the Endangered Animals‘. The piece features sounds of endangered species on the IUCN Red List.

DATA-X Symposium

To accompany the exhibition, a DATA-X symposium was held on 1 December 2016 in the Main Lecture Theatre of the Edinburgh College of Art. PhD researchers presented their ‘installations’ and demonstrated the tools, processes and techniques behind the installation. This was an informal event and an open forum to facilitate discussion with an academic and non-academic audience. Guest speakers included Dr Jane Haley, Scientific Coordinator for Edinburgh Neuroscience and FUSION, and Dr James Howie, co-founder of ASCUS. Their talks entitled ‘FUSION –where art meets neuroscience’ and ‘ASCUS and the ASCUS Lab: catalysts for Artisience’, illustrated the efficacy of bridging the gap between the arts and sciences and how innovative, multidisciplinary projects can engage wider audiences and create novel public engagement initiatives.

The next and final phase of the project includes the creation of a DataShare Collection: the electronic equivalent of an Exhibition Catalogue in which the students will publish the data associated with their installations. Updates to follow soon.

Project Team

Data-X Project Manager: Stuart Macdonald (Associate Data Librarian at Edinburgh University Data Library)

Exhibition Coordinator: Dr. Rocio von Jungenfeld (Supported Research Data services at EDINA & Data Library)

Data-X PhD Interns:

Scully Beaver Lynch – PhD candidate in Architecture by Design, Edinburgh College of Art

Adela Rabell Montiel – PhD candidate in Cardiovascular Sciences, Edinburgh Medical School: Clinical Sciences

Cindy Nelson-Viljoen – PhD candidate in Archaeology, School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Dr. Siraj Sabihuddin – PhD in Electronic engineering, School of Engineering

Image credit: DATA-X blog. http://data-x.blogs.edina.ac.uk/

by Cindy Nelson-Viljoen
PhD Student Intern
EDINA and Data Library

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Data-X Symposium

Registrations have been coming in thick and fast for the Data-X Symposium to be held on 1 December, Main Lecture theatre, Edinburgh College of Art (programme below).

Data-X is a University of Edinburgh IS Innovation Fund initiative supported by the Data Lab & ASCUS | Art & Science. It brings together PhD researchers from the arts and sciences to develop collaborative data ‘installations’.

To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-x-symposium-tickets-29076676121

Programme:

10.00 – 10.30: Registration & coffee

10.30 – 10.40: Welcome – Stuart Macdonald (Edina, Data-X Project Manager) & Introduction – Dr Martin Parker (Director of Outreach, Edinburgh College of Art)

10.40 – 11.20: Guest speaker: ASCUS & the ASCUS Lab: catalysts for Artiscience- Dr James Howie (Co-Founder, ASCUS)

Session 1 presentations: Chair – Dr. Rocio von Jungenfeld (School of Engineering & Arts, University of Kent)

· 11.20 – 11.35: PUROS Sound Box – Dr Sophia Banou, Dr Christos Kakalis (both School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art), Matt Giannotti (Reid School of Music)

· 11.35 – 11.50: eTunes – Dr Siraj Sabihuddin (School of Engineering)

· 11.50 – 12.05: Inside the black box -Luis Fernando Montaño (Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology) & Bohdan Mykhaylyk (School of Chemistry)

· 12.05 – 12.20: Wind Gust 42048 – Matt Giannotti (Reid School of Music)

· 12.20 – 12.30: Session 1. wrap-up

12.30 – 13.15: Lunch

Session 2 presentations: Chair – Martin Donnelly (Digital Curation Centre)

· 13.15 – 13.30: Elegy for Philippines Eagle – Oli Jan (Reid School of Music)

· 13.30 – 13.45: Feel the Heat: World Temperature Data Quilt – Nathalie Vladis (Centre for Integrative Physiology) & Julia Zaenker (School of Engineering)

· 13.45 – 14.00: o ire – Prof. Nick Fells (School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow)

· 14.00 – 14.15: Sinterbot – Adela Rabell Montiel (Queen’s Medical Research Institute) & Dr Siraj Sabihuddin (School of Engineering)

· 14.15 – 14.25: Session 2. wrap-up

14.25 – 15.05: Guest speaker: FUSION – where art meets neuroscience – Dr Jane Haley (Edinburgh Neurioscience)

15.05 – 15.15: Closing remarks: Stuart Macdonald (Edina, Data-X Project Manager)

15.20: Close

Data-X is supported by: The Data Lab, ASCUS, Information Services

Stuart Macdonald
DATA-X Project Manager / Associate Data Librarian
EDINA

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Research Data Management (RDM) Forum

RDM Forum is a newly created platform to bring together both researchers and research & IT support staff from across the University whose role involves helping academics in managing their research data. The aim of the Forum is to share good practice, exchange experiences as well as discuss current and future challenges related to data curation, preservation and publishing. We hope that the Forum will allow its participants to learn from one another and gain a new perspective on some common issues.

The Forum takes the form of meetings as well as e-mail updates (done through the RDM Forum mailing list) and an online platform (SharePoint website) for sharing useful resources, engaging with each other and keeping up-to-date with recent developments in RDM.

The first meeting took place on 7th September 2016. There were 24 in attendance and participants had the opportunity to introduce themselves, ask questions, and provide their expectations and suggestions for future RDM Forum meetings, which have been summarised below:

  • Overcoming challenges:
    • Supporting academic engagement
    • Going beyond funder requirements
    • Engagement beyond training
    • Avoiding last-minute arrangements
    • Addressing concerns about data sharing and reuse
  • Finding solutions that will work
    • Early training
    • Establishing workflows for standard processes
    • Developing an Information Governance structure for data
    • Sharing real-life scenarios
  • Forum structure
    • Forming several user groups focused on specific aspects of RDM
    • Organising meetings around specific themes
    • Updates from Research Data Service team
    • Forum as a platform for training
    • Forum to meet every two months at different locations

The Forum is only open to the University of Edinburgh staff and postgraduate research students. If you are interested in joining the Forum mailing list you can do so at: https://mlist.is.ed.ac.uk/lists/info/rdm-forum
RDM Forum SharePoint website (access by request) is available at:
https://uoe.sharepoint.com/sites/rdmforum

Cuna Ekmekcioglu
Senior Research Data Officer

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Data Carpentry & Software Carpentry workshops

The Research Data Service hosted back to back 2-day workshops in the Main Library this week, run by the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) to train University of Edinburgh researchers in basic data science and research computing skills.

Learners at Data Carpentry workshop

Learners at Data Carpentry workshop

Software Carpentry (SC) is a popular global initiative originating in the US, aimed at training researchers in good practice in writing, storing and sharing code. Both SC and its newer offshoot, Data Carpentry, teaches methods and tools that helps researchers makes their science reproducible. The SSI, based at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), organises workshops for both throughout the UK.

Martin Callaghan, University of Leeds

Martin Callaghan, University of Leeds, introduces goals of Data Carpentry workshop.

Each workshop is taught by trainers trained by the SC organisation, using proven methods of delivery, to learners using their own laptops, and with plenty of support by knowledgeable helpers. Instructors at our workshops were from Leeds and EPCC. Comments from the learners – staff and postgraduate students from a range of schools, included, ‘Variety of needs and academic activities/disciplines catered for. Useful exercies and explanations,’ and ‘Very powerful tools.’

Lessons can vary between different workshops, depending on the level of the learners and their requirements, as determined by a pre-workshop survey. The Data Carpentry workshop on Monday and Tuesday included:

  • Using spreadsheets effectively
  • OpenRefine
  • Introduction to R
  • R and visualisation
  • Databases and SQL
  • Using R with SQLite
  • Managing Research & Data Management Plans

The Software Carpentry workshop was aimed at researchers who write their own code, and covered the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Shell
  • Version Control
  • Introduction to Python
  • Using the Shell (scripts)
  • Version Control (with Github)
  • Open Science and Open Research
Software Carpentry learners

Software Carpentry learners

Clearly the workshops were valued by learners and very worthwhile. The team will consider how it can offer similar workshops in the future at a similarly low cost; your ideas welcome!

Robin Rice
EDINA and Data Library

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