- Firstly, most central university IT departments have focused on providing generic services such as standard desktop computers and back-end systems such as payroll and Human Resources; as an eResearch unit we need to work with ITS to build services for researchers that just don’t exist at present.
- Secondly, while there is some basic common infrastructure that is needed for IT-supported research, once you get into particular discipline and research projects then there is a need for custom solutions, software to pull data from special instruments, visualizations tuned to particular data sets, new hardware for data collection; these all require close partnerships between researchers, IT providers and often other service units — at UWS eResearch is the match-maker in getting these partnerships established.
This page is no longer maintained, see the replacement on the UWS eResearch web site
Why have an eResearch unit?Looking at the definition of
eResearch as a (basically) the use of computers and communications technologies
one might ask why is there a special unit for this? The answer is in two parts.