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Finding big-data solutions through teaching and learning
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 09:00

As a partner in the African Research Cloud and the Inter-University Institute for Data-Intensive Astronomy, UCT is home to some powerful computing facilities. These facilities, which allow researchers to work with enormous sets of data, are helping us to prepare for the era of big-data science.

Mapping pixels
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 09:15

When Associate Professor Adam West from the Department of Biological Sciences began using drones to collect data from his fynbos study plots, he was confronted by a big-data problem. The customised drones were efficient and collected data easily, but they collected a lot of it – more than could be processed timeously by his laboratory’s computers. West reached out to the team at UCT eResearch for support.

Preparing the next generation for the big-data challenge
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 15:45

Demand for skills at the interface between technology and information is growing and demand already far exceeds supply. This is particularly the case in Africa. To respond to demand, UCT launched two new postgraduate programmes to foster a generation equipped with the skills to meet this need.

Fostering collaboration for road safety
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 09:15

In 2016, South Africa saw its highest number of road deaths in 10 years. Just over 14 000 people died on South Africa’s roads that year. To address this crisis, researchers and policymakers need to understand the behaviour of road users. Interdisciplinary research to understand the behaviour of drivers is in the pipeline at UCT, thanks to a connection made by UCT eResearch between researchers from two different campuses, and two entirely different fields of research.

High-performance computing for microbiome analysis
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 08:30

As part of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) project, researchers at UCT are investigating the microbial communities that live in the nasal passageways and throats of children to better understand the development of pneumonia and wheezing illness. Gerrit Botha and Dr Katie Lennard – bioinformaticians based at the Computational Biology Division (CBIO) and members of the Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa – have developed a streamlined process for analysing microbiome samples on the university’s high-performance computing system.

Research laboratories go paperless
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 12:15

When Professor Stefan Barth – Department of Science and Technology/ National Research Foundation South African Research Chair in Cancer Biotechnology – moved his laboratory to UCT from Germany two years ago, he envisioned a place where the knowledge shared between himself and his laboratory members would be contained in a secure, persistent digital repository. UCT eResearch was able to support Barth and help make his vision a reality.

Shared and sustainable facilities: piloting Calpendo at the Electron Microscope Unit
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:00

UCT is home to myriad facilities, instruments, software packages and services that are used by a range of researchers. The trouble is that these resources are expensive to buy and to maintain. To ensure sustainability, not only do the various facilities need to be used by as wide a community of researchers as possible, but an effective billing system needs to be in place: enter Calpendo.

Preparing for the SKA data
Friday, January 26, 2018 - 09:30

The world is wholly underprepared for the big-data challenges presented by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). This is because we have never before seen data volumes on the scale that will be generated by the SKA. eResearch has been helping with the challenges of delivering these data sets to researchers around the world and enabling their visualisation.

Meeting our national research infrastructure needs
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 09:00

Advancements in information and digital technologies offer both a challenge and an opportunity to researchers, as they begin to collect and mine data on a scale never previously imagined.

A new laboratory for visualising the universe
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 12:15

The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) has launched a new visualisation facility at the University of Cape Town: a shared space where astronomers from around the country can explore their data – and find answers to some of the biggest questions about our universe. 

SatRday Cape Town Conference at UCT in March
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 09:00

The R community and some of South Africa's most forward thinking companies have come together to bring satRday back to Cape Town.

South African Centre for Digital Language call for proposals
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:00

The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) focuses on the digitisation of language resources and the high-level training of scholars in the use of digital language resources.