The call for the first round of pump-priming funds from the RGU Strategic Research Investment is now open. These pump-priming funds may be used to generate preliminary data or outputs to help secure major grant funding from external funding bodies. Each project can request up to £30k. Projects with relevance to business or industry are encouraged. Pump-priming funds cannot be used to buy-out staff time. Preference will be given to inter-disciplinary projects that have the potential to deliver impact and involve early career researchers.
The application form together with guidance on the levels of funding and eligible criteria is available on the RGyoU website.
Please complete the application form by 31st August 2018. For further information please contact Dr Emma Gillibrand, email@example.com, ext.2074
You may find the following webinar recordings and workshops on European data useful. They have been funded/provided by CESSDA ERIC
- How to Find Data in Europe – Introductory webinar introducing European social science data services and how to find, access and understand data
- Data in Europe: Ageing – Webinar on data for researching ageing with speakers from SHARE, TILDA and Gateway to Global Aging Data
- Data in Europe: Political Behaviour – Webinar introducing data across Europe for researching political behaviour with a spotlight on the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES):
- Working with data on political behaviour, 6 November, Manchester, UK
- Data on Migration, 13 – 14 November, Cologne, Germany
- Working with European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), 27 – 29 November, Mannheim, Germany
Springer are encouraging authors to use their ORCID iD when submitting publications. Many researchers share the same name, while others’ names change throughout their career. With an ORCID iD, you can persistently associate your name with your research works. In Springer Nature’s as well as in many other publishers’ article submission systems you have the option of including your ORCID iD. If you already have an ORCID iD, Springer’s submission system will automatically fill in your profile.
Professor Rebecca Wallace, from the School of Health Sciences, has published a report with her collaborator Dr Ros Scott (University of Dundee) entitled ‘School pupils and their understanding of significant change and losses in life.’ The project was conducted in a central Scotland school and funded by Pallium Canada.
This study, involving pupils, parents and staff, sought to understand young people’s perceptions of loss, death and dying. This collaborative qualitative pilot study was undertaken in conjunction with colleagues in Canada and was designed to gain knowledge of how children of different ages understand loss, death and dying; the support they access and their awareness of what is available to them. The pupils in Canada were of primary school age; whereas the study’s Scottish component involved one secondary school with participants aged between 12-18 years.
Professor Wallace and Dr Scott conclude that ‘Coping skills as reported by this particular group of pupils appear to be strong. They find support from families, friends, interests and social groups. It is interesting to note that the internet, social media and written information seems to be of less significance. Parents and teachers have an important role to play in providing support. However, there is a significant disconnect between the resources that young people identified as helping them and those that parents and teachers would use or recommend. This would suggest the need to ask, rather than assume, what it is young people need. The approach to bereavement support should rather be participatory and involve the young people themselves. Peer support emerges as important to young people and this could be built upon as key resource.’
The authors recommend that further study is necessary before any conclusions may be postulated as to the place of loss, grief and death in the school curriculum. The report is available to read and download from the University’s Institutional Repository OpenAIR.
The Library at Queen’s University Belfast has been developing an online archive, known as the Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive (NIOPA)
NIOPA is fully searchable with browsing and full text functionality and, as a digital archive of Northern Ireland official publications, makes documents available to support the research community, government departments and the wider public.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.
Prof. Richard Laing (RGU Visualisation Research Group @rguvis ) reports on Smart Cities In Focus event in China this month. Work in Yinchuan has many overlaps with aspects of work in Aberdeen which is part of the EU H2020 funded Civitas PORTIS deal. Check out more information on the RGU Visualisation blog here.
Call for papers: Crime Surveys User Conference 2017.
Submissions are now open for the Crime Surveys User Conference 2017. The annual Crime Surveys User Conference, organised by the UK Data Service, will be held on Friday 8 December. The event is free to attend and will be held at the Royal Statistical Society in London. The programme will contain a mixture of presentations from data producers, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and researchers who use crime-related data. We would like to invite offers of presentations based on analysis of the UK crime surveys, such as the Crime Survey for England and Wales, the Commercial Victimisation Survey, and the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey. Presenters will have approximately 20 minutes for their talk followed by 10 minutes for questions. Please send offers of a paper, including a 200-word abstract, to email@example.com by Monday 25 September. We will evaluate all abstracts and notify authors after the selection process. A detailed programme of presentations will be provided prior to the conference. See details of previous user conferences: Crime Surveys User Conference 2016 and Crime Surveys User Conference 2015.
Follow the event on Twitter: #UKDSCrime17
The Farr Institute’s latest news includes their participation in the Edinburgh Fringe with Dr Data: The Answer to Cancer, produced in cooperation with the Cancer Innovation Challenge and the Beltane Network, and part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, a well-established series of research-related performances. The latest news release also covers cyber security, collaborations between Scottish Government the NHS and the Data Lab, and also a call for submissions to the e-journal “The International Journal of Population Data Science”.
A new search engine has been developed by Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER) to enable researchers to explore, search and browse the rich data collected from eight leading UK longitudinal studies. This will provide opportunities to learn about structuring longitudinal studies and their potential for new research.
CLOSER Discovery allows users to search by keyword or browse by topic, helping researchers locate the variables that best suit their research interests. A search on CLOSER Discovery will show users:
- The original question on which the variables are based
- Where the questions appeared in the survey, including complete routing
- The source of derived variables
- An overview of each variable, including valid and invalid cases, maximum, minimum and mean values
- Similarities and relationships of variables and data across the different studies
- How to access the data from each study
You can access CLOSER Discovery here and find out more information about the search engine, including an introductory webinar, on the CLOSER website.
The Urban Big Data Centre has announced that they are collaborating with BSI on the next free SASNet event on ‘Shaping Data Standards for Future Cities’.
Future cities face many challenges as urban populations increase. Physical resources – such as energy and water – along with healthcare, traffic, public transport and other logistics need careful management in order to meet the needs of citizens, maintain economic growth and ensure sustainability. The effective use of data and new technology solutions are providing new tools and opportunities that can help overcome these challenges.
Standards support the widespread adoption of common approaches to the implementation of products and services in future cities. A range of standards are required to help the smart city meet its potential and to help address issues at different levels, from the decision-making at the city level to the interoperability of particular devices. This event aims to bring together local authorities, researchers and innovators to identify the challenges facing cities, discuss potential solutions to common problems and look at the role and future of smart city standards.
This free event will take place on 19 May 2017 in the Still Room at the IET Glasgow: Teacher Building – a landmark venue in the heart of Glasgow city centre.
The programme details and timings are still to be confirmed – Each session will be approximately 60 minutes in length including a Q&A. There are no specific pre-requisites for attending but the event is likely to be of most interest to standards professionals and urban planners from the academic, consultancy and public sectors. Registration for this free event is available via Eventbrite and is necessary due to limited space and for catering arrangements.