Oxford Geek Night – 27 January

Oxford Geek Nights is coming to the Jericho Tavern, Wednesday 27 January at 7:30pm.

  • Dr. Sue Black OBE will be talking about her new book Saving Bletchley Park and signing books afterwards.
  • James Williams will be giving his talk on Distraction by Design – “What if technology could distract us less, and respect our time & attention more? What would that world look like – and how could it be built?”

The 5-minute microslot talks are so-far filled by:

  • Martin Poulter – Wikipedia and it’s battles with correct information
  • Dario Salvi – Internet of things

There will be free drinks from sponsors HaybrookIT and if you’ve never been before Oxford Geek Nights are a great way to mingle with industry professionals in the area.


Open Access Training at Oxford – Hilary Term 2016

Open Access Training Hilary Term 2016

iSkills ’Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?’ This 1 hour session covers the basics about OA, how to handle funder requirements such as RCUK and Wellcome Trust (and block grants), and the all-important ‘Act on Acceptance’ for open access and the next REF. Book here: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TZW7.

When: Thurs 21 January, 11.00-12.00; Thurs 18 Feb, 14.00-15.00; Tue 1 March, 11.00-12.00.

Where: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road.

Drop-in surgeries

ORA and ORA Data staff are again holding weekly drop-ins to provide one-to-one help with all things Open Access and Research Data.

When: 11.30-13.30 every Monday of term (18 Jan – 29 Feb 2016).

Where: the Centre for Digital Scholarship, on the first floor of the Weston Library.

Women in Cyber 16 – Student Careers Event

GCHQ, together with the Cabinet Office, DSTL, HMGCC, the Government Digital Service and the National Crime Agency, are running an event at Birmingham University on 27 January aimed at female students who want to learn more about opportunities in UK Government cyber careers.

Research suggests demand for cyber professionals is growing 3.5 times faster than the overall IT job market and 12 times faster than the overall job market. Yet only 10% of the current global cyber workforce are women.   This event is an opportunity for female students to explore internships, graduate schemes, summer schools, etc., as well as network with government recruiters, cyber experts and peers from other  UK universities.

Guest Speakers will include:

  • Director Cyber GCHQ
  • Penny Endersby Division Head Cyber and Information Systems Division, Dstl 

Please note that anyone wishing to attend must apply in advance through the website by Monday 18th January.

Further details are available at www.WIC16.com

Training Workshop—How to Hackathon

A hacking training session will  be running at the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library tomorrow, Thursday 3rd December 13:30-17:00.  The event is free and is open to all members of the University of Oxford.

The workshop will explore the ins and outs of running a hackathon with digital data or content.  In the second part of the session, participants will engage in a mini-hackathon using  Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership data, followed by a discussion of the experience.

For more information about the event and to register your place (essential):


The workshop is led by:

Iain Emsley – a research associate at the Oxford e-Research Centre, working with the Software Sustainability Institute and the Square Kilometre Array. Currently reading for a Masters in Software Engineering at the University of Oxford, he has organized and attended hack sessions. His research interests include sonification.

Liz McCarthy – Web & Digital Media Manager at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Her research interests include social media in the cultural sector, digital literacy, digital humanities, 17th-century bookbindings, and library history.


SAP and Cabinet Office Hackathon Event – calling student participants

SAP, in conjunction with the Cabinet Office, is organising a Hackathon on Friday 27 November in London and are looking for two to three students from Oxford to participate.

The event is part of a Cabinet Office project looking at reducing fraud across two government departments – HMRC and DWP.  Students from across the UK with a good technical or mathematical background will participate in the hackathons. The initial event will kick off at noon on Friday and continue through the night to 2pm on Saturday.  SAP are providing accommodation in a nearby hotel. The Cabinet Office will provide the data structures for one of their repositories that holds around 8 million records.

For this exercise the students will take the data structures, gain some basic understanding of one of their systems called Hana Cloud Platform and build a concept that would enable the Cabinet Office to detect fraud more effectively using an analysis of household composition.

Winning teams will go through to a second event in February where the Cabinet Office will be asking them to build a technical demonstration.

For more information about how to participate please contact Martin Gollogly martin.gollogly@sap.com who is organising the event.