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First phase of RDS complete – now it’s time to cast your votes!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

“The first phase of Research Data Spring concluded on January 12th with 70 ideas posted, 159 comments, 1005 votes and 603 users! But the process isn’t over yet. Now Jisc needs your input to help identify which ideas should be taken forward to the next stage of the process.”

“The votes and comments space is still open, so please continue the conversation. Jisc encourages all stakeholders, including researchers, developers, librarians, IT staff, research managers, publishers whether in UK universities or potential collaborators or interested parties to use the comment space to offer their skills and expertise to the idea owners, thus joining forces and collaborating on the solutions they are proposing.”

[Source Digital Curation Centre: ]

Ethos #ShareMyThesis competition

Monday, January 26th, 2015
  • Are you currently studying for or have you completed a PhD degree?
  • Do you want to tell the world why your research is important?

“The #ShareMyThesis competition challenges PhD students past and present to summarise why your PhD research is important in 140 characters or less. The competition is open worldwide and to entries from all subject areas.”

“First, tweet why your PhD research is important using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis. Your tweet should convey why your research is important (not just what your research is about). Make sure your tweet is self-contained and understandable to a non-specialist.”

“Tweets must be received by 9 February 2015 at 10.00. Our judging panel will then select the top eight tweets.”

“Next, the eight shortlisted entrants will be asked to write a short article (up to 600 words) elaborating on your tweet and explaining why your PhD research is important.”

“The judging panel will select a winner and two runners up by 20 March 2015.”

“The winner will receive a 15-inch MacBook pro. Second prize is an iPad and third prize a £200 Amazon voucher.”

[Source British Library website: ]

The Hub: Applications for 2016 residency now open

Monday, December 8th, 2014

“The Wellcome Trust is now accepting applications for a new group of residents for The Hub. Based in Wellcome Collection, The Hub provides a unique space and resource for an interdisciplinary group of researchers to work on an original project related to health, medicine or well-being.”

“Applications are open to groups of around four to six practitioners and researchers from across the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences, who wish to bring a multitude of perspectives to a project over the course of two academic years. Taking up residency in the autumn of 2016, the group will receive an allowance of up to £1million to develop or accelerate innovative work examining human health, and looking at ways of generating new insights, methodologies, interventions and forms of engagement.”

“The deadline for expressions of interest in the 2016 residency is Friday 1 May 2015.”

“The Wellcome Trust is holding two open afternoons on Tuesday 10 February and Wednesday 4 March 2015 for potential applicants to visit The Hub and find out more.”

[Source Wellcome Trust news: ]

Jisc launches collaborative initiative for UK research

Monday, December 1st, 2014

“Teams across universities and others that support research in the UK are being offered the opportunity to submit their ideas to a collaborative funding initiative [recently] launched by Jisc.”

“Called research data spring, the project aims to engage all individuals and groups with an interest in research data and get them to work together to create new solutions to common research problems. This includes finding and developing new technical tools, software or services to streamline researchers’ workflows, and to improve the use and management of data.”

“The initiative is being run via Ideascale, an online platform that allows people to submit their ideas, vote and comment on others, and join up with teams on a shared idea.”

“To have your idea considered, the solutions need to fit into one of five priority areas:

  1. Research data deposit and sharing tools; including the development of protocols that help support the streamlining of access, use and re-use of research data
  2. Data creation and re-use by discipline; including ideas for experiments and proto-types that address the researchers experience and the research data workflow to improve the creation, management, curation and re-use of data. This should support open research practice and methods where appropriate and be transferrable across disciplines
  3. Research data systems integration and interoperability; including developing solutions to improve interfaces and ease connections, and create seamless working between and across systems
  4. Research data analytics; including the development and testing of ways to use big data analytical methods for the benefits of research, or to better analyse research data activity and test associated metrics
  5. Shared services for research; this aspect should be considered in all of the priority areas, and includes international, national and local shared services, that could be delivered by Jisc or other partners.”

The deadline for submissions is: 12 January 2015

Here is a link to the research data spring project page:

[Source Jisc news: ]

Call for Papers for Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies: Best Article Prize (2015)

Monday, November 24th, 2014

“The editors of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (JMIS) and Routledge are delighted to offer a $500 prize for the most outstanding article published in JMIS in 2015.  This prize will be offered thereafter on an annual basis.”

“All articles published in JMIS in 2015 will automatically be considered for the Best Article Prize, and all submissions received during the calendar year 2014 will be considered for publication in 2015.”

[Source Heritage Portal news: ]

Nationwide search for new intellectual broadcasters

Monday, November 17th, 2014

“The Arts & Humanities Research Council [AHRC], BBC Radio 3, and BBC Arts are launching a nationwide search to find the UK’s next intellectual broadcasters in the arts and humanities.”

“From lively intellectual debates on air, explorations of ancient civilisations, and nationwide commemorations of World War One, academic research has never been so visible in the media. The New Generation Thinkers scheme is seeking innovative programme ideas, talent, and expertise from early career researchers who are passionate about communicating their research across the airwaves.”

“The scheme, led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council with BBC Radio 3, will invite up to sixty early career researchers to BBC-run workshops to develop their programme ideas alongside experienced BBC producers. From these sixty, the ten resident New Generation Thinkers for 2015 will be selected, and will go on to develop their ideas for BBC Radio 3 in a year-long partnership.”

“The scheme is partnered with BBC Arts to provide opportunities for the New Generation Thinkers to develop their ideas for television and have the opportunity to make a short taster film of their idea to be shown on the BBC arts website –”

To find out more go to:

[Source AHRC news as above]

Heritage + Culture Open Data Challenge

Monday, November 17th, 2014

“Nesta and the Open Data Institute are running an open data challenge on the theme of Heritage & Culture. We are asking teams to develop products and services which answer the question: How can we use open data to engage more people, and more diverse people, in UK heritage and culture?”

“Applications are open from 4th November 2014 until midday 9th February 2015 and we are holding a series of events during the application period to help teams develop their ideas. Applications should be submitted using our Heritage & Culture group on Collabfinder.”

The Challenge “invites teams from existing businesses, startups, social enterprises and community groups to use open data to build products and services. In particular, we are interested in products and services which deliver value to people who are not well-served by current heritage and culture offers. In addition, we are also interested in business to business propositions and new approaches which use open data to support institutions and organisations to expand their reach to new and diverse people.”

[Source Heritage Portal news: ]

Longitude Prize 2014

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

“Antib​iotics was voted by YOU to be the challenge of Longitude Prize 2014.”

“In order to tackle growing levels of antimicrobial resistance, the challenge set for the Longitude Prize is to create a cost-effective, accurate, rapid and easy-to-use test for bacterial infections that will allow health professionals worldwide to administer the right antibiotics at the right time.”

“What happens next?

Now that the antibiotics challenge has been chosen, we want everyone, from amateur scientists to the professional scientific community, to try and solve it.”

“Nesta and the Longitude Committee are finalising the criteria for how to win the £10 million prize, and from the autumn you will be able to submit your entries.”

“Do you have an idea to solve the antibiotics challenge? Register your interest and we’ll alert you when submissions open in autumn 2014.”

To find out more go to the Longitude Prize website:

[Source Longitude Prize as above]

Get on board the Freedom Express

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

“Here’s your chance to participate in an epic two-week journey in search of traces of events that were instrumental in changing the face of Europe. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Europe, a study trip ‘Freedom Express’ will take 20 exceptionally creative individuals aged 18-28 through Poland, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and the Czech Republic.”

“During the trip, the participants will log sketches of their observations, photos, films and audio footage as well as essays that will form the content of a blog, which will cover the successive stages of the trip as it happens. All of this will also contribute to a documentary, showing a creative interdisciplinary dialogue between the young artists and places of memory.”

“Applications are open for the contest until 30 June 2014. For the application form, terms and conditions of recruitment and programme details, please see The trip will take place from 29 August-14 September 2014, and will include workshops, lectures, film screenings, meetings with witnesses of the historical events, visits to memorial sites and institutions documenting that era of European history.”

[Source Europeana: ]

Longitude Prize 2014 goes live

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta writes:

“This week Longitude Prize 2014 has gone live, with a great launch by the BBC and media coverage all over the world.”

“The prize is unique in several ways. There can’t be many examples of a 300 year old prize or committee being revived, and yet feeling entirely contemporary. There are remarkably few examples of the public being asked to have their say on scientific priorities. And there are still relatively few chunks of research funding opened up to anyone, anywhere to apply based on merit.”

“For us Longitude is a natural progression of our work on prizes over the last few years, including the creation of the Centre for Challenge Prizes, various events and publications – including Challenge Prizes: A practice guide. Prizes can’t solve everything – but they should definitely be one of the tools used by public funders (something like 5% of the total might be appropriate – at the moment it’s below 0.1%).”

To find out more about the Longitude Prize go to:

To read more of the blog go to:

[Source Nesta blog as above]

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