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15/05/2017 - 10:26

Traditionally employees in an academic organisation’s support services were seen as service providers only when it came to research projects.

Improving your Skills as Research Computing Instructor
28/02/2017 - 16:10

The second South African in-person Carpentry instructor training will take place from 30 April to 2 May in Cape Town and will co-incide with the eResearch Africa Conference.

01/02/2017 - 15:07

IT@NWU hosted the first Raspberry Pi Hackathon on 27 and 28 October as part of International Open Access Week 2016. Participants included undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff members from the NWU and elsewhere as well as  an international visitor from Italy. The participants enrolled in groups of 3 to 5 members. The challenge was to address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations by using the Raspberry Pi 3 model B. Groups were allowed to complete any prior work leading up to the hackathon and received the Raspberry Pi's on the 24th of October to begin working on their projects.

20/01/2017 - 08:51

In November 2014 the first large-scale Software Carpentry event was run in South Africa as part of the eResearch Africa conference in Cape Town [1]. Since then 15 more Software, Data, and/or Library Carpentry events were run by the Southern African community across many disciplines and several institutions [2, 3, 4].

01/12/2016 - 15:55

IT@NWU hosted the first Raspberry Pi Hackathon on 27 and 28 October as part of International Open Access Week 2016.

10/10/2016 - 15:57

Calling on all educators, learners, students, researchers, tech-lovers…

06/09/2016 - 07:39

From 26 - 29 September 2016 the North-West University will host its first Genomics Data Carpentry workshop where researchers and postgraduate students will have an opportunity to sharpen their genomics data analysis skills.

01/08/2016 - 14:25

On 23 and 24 June 2016 colleagues from the NWU attended a Research Data Management (RDM) workshop held at the Potchefstroom Campus. The 35 participants hailed from Information Technology, the NWU Libraries, the Research Support Office, and from a variety of research areas. All three campuses were well-represented.

13/06/2016 - 16:09

Colleagues from the NWU libraries participated in a Short Course on Research Data Management (RDM) offered by the UCT Library and Student Information Centre in March this year.

13/06/2016 - 13:40

The Historical Association of South Africa in collaboration with NWU eResearch would like to invite researchers, postgraduate students, and postdoctoral research fellows to participate in the first Digital Humanities workshop offered in conjunction with their annual conference.

16/05/2016 - 08:34

Have you ever wished you could work uninterrupted for a few days on a project or that you just had a few hours of dedicated time to kick that brilliant research idea of you into action?

On 2 - 3 June 2016 the North-West eResearch Initiative is going to provide you with that opportunity…

10/05/2016 - 11:15

A summary of opportunities, communities, and events that could change your life

Are you working at a research organisation developing scripts or software to analyse your research group’s data? Or are you developing research software as part of your postgraduate degree?

10/05/2016 - 08:14

As technology and connectivity improve, researchers are able to access or generate bigger and bigger datasets…

Software and Data Carpentry
14/03/2016 - 08:34

The NWU eResearch Initiative, Talarify, and UCT eResearch are pleased to host the first South African-based Software/Data Carpentry Instructor Training workshop on 17 - 20 April 2016 at the Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University.

09/03/2016 - 09:32

One of the biggest challenges in research these days is to ensure that our students and researchers are equipped with skills to handle the ever increasing size of their datasets and use technology efficiently to perform reproducible analysis.

22/02/2016 - 09:32

The increase in demand for meeting and managing big data requirements poses big challenges with regard to ICT resources. This is especially true for big data projects such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and the MeerKAT radio telescope.

19/02/2016 - 10:03

Most researchers venturing into the daunting world of genomics research these days find themselves overwhelmed by new terminology, computational skills required for data analysis, and complex study design considerations.

18/02/2016 - 12:02

Python, R, command-line interface, shell, terminal, function, package. These are a few examples of the vocabulary researchers and students were recently exposed to during a two-day Software Carpentry workshop at the NWU.

01/12/2015 - 11:05

IT @ NWU has a new vision for the relationship between IT and the University’s researchers. IT wants to help accelerate research discovery through provisioning of relevant technology, infrastructure, and support. Boeta Pretorius, Chief IT Director says: “Research has been mentioned in the IT strategy for many years, but in 2015 we’re actually going to do something about the way we support our researcher”. So moving from words to action, in the past three months IT has done the following:

01/12/2015 - 10:14

In July 2015 the NWU officially commenced with an eResearch drive that will ultimately help to align research support units and researchers across all disciplines to embrace the power of the digital world in the 21st century.

19/10/2015 - 16:12

North-West University's eResearch Initiative is proud to present our first local Software Carpentry workshop in collaboration with IT@NWU and NWU Faculty of Engineering.

18/09/2015 - 11:11

Watch this space and see how the North-West University (NWU) is boldly taking data science in South Africa to the next level. Through a new partnership with two other universities, the NWU will help bolster the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project and strengthen inter-university cooperation.

20/08/2015 - 15:22

Research support at the NWU experienced a boost in the form of a new staff member, Anelda van der Walt. A researcher in own right, with the IT knowledge and enthusiasm needed, Anelda's services has been contracted until July 2016.