Research that relies heavily on bespoke code and software can pose a problem for journal referees: how do they test the methodology without running the code? A range of challenges often prohibits such rigour in the peer-review process. To overcome this problem, UCT eResearch collaborated with Dr Musa Mhlanga of the Biomedical Translational Research Initiative to use virtual-machine technology to allow referees access to both code and data.
The Five Hundred Year Archive project, led by DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Archive and Public Culture, Professor Carolyn Hamilton, seeks to stimulate research into the neglected eras of the southern African past before the advent of European colonialism. UCT eResearch has been working with the project team to develop a prototype digital archive capable of virtually convening visual, textual and sonic materials, located across the world.
Researchers in all disciplines are using advanced technologies to collect massive data sets previously unimagined. But collecting the data is only the start. It needs to be interpreted, and when it comes to data analysis a picture is indeed worth a thousand words. eResearch is working on solutions to allow researchers to look at their datasets in a way that is visually pleasing and easy to understand.
A number of software tools are available for clinical data management, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. This is why the Clinical Research Centre (CRC), in collaboration with eResearch, supports a number of clinical research data-management software tools.
The acquisition of a mass spectrometer by the Blackburn Lab, part of integrated biomedical sciences at UCT, was a game changer for researchers in terms of data analysis and storage. To help researchers deal with these challenges UCTeResearch provided access to Windows virtual machines to ensure adequate compute and storage.
The African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) aims to collect and process all of Africa's mining laws and regulations into an online database. UCTeResearch partnered with the project to host the database and provide technical advice and support.
When the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences acquired a state-of-the-art Olympus VS120 virtual microscopy system UCT eResearch provided the department with the necessary expertise to get the system up and running.