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Virtual machines enhance the peer-review process

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.

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Accessing our past: UCT eResearch and the Five Hundred Year Archive

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.

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Seeing the data: eResearch’s first steps to a visualisation service

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.

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Supporting clinical research data management

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.

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Windows virtual machines in the Blackburn Laboratory

mass spectrometer

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 UCT eResearch provided access to Windows virtual machines to ensure adequate compute and storage.

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Oceanography partners with eResearch to advance earth systems modelling
Photo: Cape Point

The Department of Oceanography is partnering with UCT eResearch to use its high performance computing (HPC) capabilities for ocean and climate modelling.

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Empowering the continent: the African Mining Legislation Atlas

Photo: AMLA Training at UCT

The African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA)  aims to collect and process all of Africa's mining laws and regulations into an online database. UCT eResearch partnered with the project to host the database and provide technical advice and support.

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Olympus Virtual Microscope taking health sciences to the next level

Photo: Olympus Virtual MicroscopeWhen 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.

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