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DIRISA National Research Data Workshop
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 - 12:15

The National Research Data Workshop will be held on 19-21 June 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. This workshop is aimed at the academic and research community as well as participants who would like to share their knowledge and/or experience in data-intensive research and data management.

Can the new SANReN data transfer service help you move your data?
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 - 12:15

The South African National Research Network (SANReN) are looking for researchers, scientists and IT facilities of research institutes who need to transfer big data sets from/to one or more external sources to/from their institutions.

SatRday taking centre stage at UCT
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 - 12:15

Researchers, data scientists, developers, novice coders and enthusiasts gathered at UCT in March for satRday: a series of workshops and conference sessions all about R, a statistical and graphical programming language and open-source software.  

A new laboratory for visualising the universe
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 - 11:15

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. 

Finding big-data solutions through teaching and learning
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 - 11:15

As a partner in the African Research Cloud (ARC) and the Inter-University Institute for Data-Intensive Astronomy (IDIA), 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
Mon, 26 Feb 2018 - 11:15

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.


Preparing the next generation for the big-data challenge
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 - 11:00

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
Mon, 12 Feb 2018 - 11:00

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, according to the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA). In 2015, that number stood at just under 13 000 – also unacceptably high. To address this crisis, researchers and policymakers need to understand the behaviour of road users, including driver behaviour. 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: psychiatry and engineering.

High-performance computing for microbiome analysis
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 - 11:00

As part of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) project, researchers at UCT are investigating the microorganisms that live in the nasal passageways and throats of children. They are interested in these microbial communities because they have an influence on the likelihood of a child developing pneumonia and wheezing illness, a disease that is a precursor to asthma.

Research laboratories go paperless
Fri, 02 Feb 2018 - 11:00

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.

Shared and sustainable facilities: piloting Calpendo at the Electron Microscope Unit
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 - 10:45

UCT is home to myriad facilities, instruments, software packages and services, ranging from electron microscopes to high-performance computing facilities that are used by a range of researchers across disciplines and institutions. The trouble is that these resources are expensive to buy and to maintain.

Preparing for the SKA data
Fri, 26 Jan 2018 - 10:45

The world is wholly underprepared for the big-data challenges presented by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – the largest radio telescope ever built. This is because we have never seen data volumes on this scale before. By the time the SKA comes online in 2020, the scientific community needs to be ready with the necessary hardware and software so that the data can be put to good use immediately. UCT eResearch has been helping with two specific challenges: delivering the data sets to researchers around the world, and working to enable visualisation of the data.