Why eResearch?

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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.
  • 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.


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