Making data work for everyone
The Jean Golding Institute is a flagship multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Bristol, supporting cutting-edge research in the field of applied data science.
Jean Golding Institute for data-intensive research
University of Bristol
Royal Fort House
Bristol BS8 1UH
What we do
Newly founded in 2016, our work focuses on three key areas of research across all six University faculties:
- Data analytics and methods of data analysis
- Data infrastructure
- Applications of applied data science
We support research by promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration, bringing together teams to pursue funding opportunities, showcasing recent work, providing new learning opportunities and specialist advice on data science, organising events and assessing research strength across the University.
Ask JGI is a service for data science support provided by the Jean Golding Institute. It is available to all staff at the University of Bristol and provides advice, support and guidance on all data science queries, including for instance statistical, computing, data management, visualisation, and storage questions. Get in touch email@example.com
The Institute is named after Jean Golding OBE, Emeritus Professor of Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology and founder of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC, or Children of the Nineties). For over two decades this ground breaking study of over 14,000 pregnant women and their children has given world-leading insight into the environmental and genetic factors that affect human development – and shown the power of using data-intensive research to improve people’s lives.
The Jean Golding Institute is led by our Director, William Browne, Professor of Statistics in the Graduate School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law.
JGI Seed corn funding - Deadline 23rd March 2017
The primary aim of this scheme is to support activities that will foster interdisciplinary research in the area of data research. We would like to encourage collaborations between researchers working in data analytics and data infrastructure to join applied researchers and other project partners and engage in developing short pilot projects based on the principle that seed corn funding is an investment of a relatively small sum that will lead to bigger things.
The funds could be used for any of the following:
- Pilot or refine methods/algorithms so that they can be tested and adapted on real-world problems.
- Re-analyse data from a previous research project(s) in such a way that it will underpin a proposal for a new study.
- Develop links with external organisations (local government, SMEs, industry, non-for-profit organisations, health and social care sector) that are interested in developing collaborations, exploring external datasets, developing novel and/or robust methods for data storage, management, analysis and data visualisation. Currently we’re working with Bristol City Council and the local open data resource (https://opendata.bristol.gov.uk/), for example JGI is interested in supporting projects using this resource in order to overcome challenges set out in the Bristol City Council Resilience Strategy (http://tinyurl.com/j5rqfm5). If this is of interest please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Developing links to other academic institutions (within an interdisciplinary approach), we will only be able to support the Bristol component of the activity.
These examples are indicative and plans for other activities that may be directed towards forming the basis of an interdisciplinary research proposal and meet the overall aims of the scheme will be considered. Applicants are encourage to describe how the work supported by seed corn funding will lead to an application for a larger research grant.
Any research active staff member can apply for seed corn funding; early career researchers (PDRAs, Research Fellows, Lecturers) are encouraged to apply. Please note that students, including PhD students, are not eligible for seed corn funding.
- The maximum sum that can be applied for is £5,000. We have an overall budget of £25,000 for this activity. The funding does not cover conference attendance or training but small amounts (up to £500) can be requested to organise workshops, hackathons, data dives etc.
- Please use the FEC costing tool to prepare your budget, please choose ‘UOB FEC costing’. The grant will pay 100% of direct costs. Indirect and overheads cannot be paid by this funding.
- The funding can be spent on consumables, PDRA time and/or travel (not associated with conferences or training)
- The funding will need to be spend by 21st July 2017. Goods and services will need to be receipt by this date.
The deadline for applications to this call is 17:00 Thursday 23rd March 2017. This funding call will be launched on 14th February, please come and join us in the Garden room, Royal Fort House, from 13:00-15:00 to talk about your plans, or email to arrange a meeting (email@example.com) or call at ext. 18219.
Proposals will be assessed by a panel consisting of the JGI Director and members of the JGI Steering Group. The assessment criteria will be: research quality, clear contributions from diverse disciplines to the project and the proposal should include justification of the resources required. Applicants also should explain their plans to seek follow-on funding.
Conditions of the funding
- All expenditure should be completed by 21st July 2017
- A one page report should be submitted by 31st July 2017. A link to the Google form will be sent in advance.
- If successful, the applicant(s) will need to create a PURE entry describing the project. Funds will be available once the PURE entry has been created. Further information on how to create the entry will be sent to the successful applicants.
- Promoting interdisciplinary work is very important for the Institute, we would like to make a film/visualisation of the project. The JGI will managed this output in collaboration with project members and will be paid by the JGI (it won’t be part of the funding requested).
- Project members will be invited to participate in outreach events, and will need to present their work at least on one occasion.
Application process: Complete the seed corn funding application (Office document, 44kB) and send it to Patty Holley, JGI Manager, (P.Holley@bristol.ac.uk).
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Funds spent by
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The PURE data challenge
Using data science to identify and analyse interdisciplinary research at Bristol
Competition launch – 27 March 2017 15:00-16:00,
Stephenson room, Richmond Building (Students Union)
Deadline – 19 May 2017
The winning team will received £1,000
The University Research Institutes (URIs) have a role in the university research strategy to promote and encourage cross-disciplinary research. The methods that we use (and explore) for doing this often involve running events such as interdisciplinary seminars/meetings, sandpits, seed-corn funds for grants in interdisciplinary areas etc.
Here one might consider what other resources we have at our fingertips to identify cross-disciplinary opportunities. We could of course use some data to this end and one obvious source might be the PURE (PUblications and REsearch) database that is self-generated by UoB.
The question is what would we use it for?
We would like to invite teams at the University of Bristol to analyse this dataset (information about the data below) and to try to solve the following challenges:
- How would we best visualise the data in PURE and how might we best use it to answer questions like which disciplines/schools are internally best connected in terms of research?
- Which individuals/groups bridge the divides between schools and faculties?
- If we were to take the PURE data and attempt to cluster the individuals into groups would these groups resemble the existing school / faculty structures? If not, what would they represent and would they be useful representations?
- Could the data identify gaps in the interdisciplinary landscape that might be usefully filled to prepare Bristol for cross-disciplinary calls?
- What is the best way to measure interdisciplinary research?
- Can the team detect potential collaborations and/or overlapping research areas that have not been identified in the past (via research groups, institutes, centres, etc)?
- Can we develop an advanced form of visualisation that complements PURE and Scival?
The above questions are only for guidance, the Jean Golding Institute would like to encourage teams to explore the dataset and develop analysis and/or visualisation tools that will provide a constructive view of inter-disciplinarity (current and potential) at the University.
The PURE team will provide a historical extract (up to the last REF submission) of the information in the PURE database to be used for the data challenge, which will come to you in a set of .csv tables. The information these tables contain includes data both on research outputs generated, as well as on the authors involved on these outputs.
- The competition will open on the 27th March 2017 (see launch meeting), which is when the data will be made available to all participants electronically.
- The competition is open to staff and students at the University of Bristol
- The teams will need to sign up to the competition either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by attending the launch. Teams can sign up at any point during the competition.
- Entries will need to be submitted by the 19th May 2017 to email@example.com, either by sending all relevant materials or by providing a link to an online repository.
- The Jean Golding Institute have the rights to publicly disseminate any entries.
- Up to 5 people can be part of a team.
- The teams that wish to showcase their solutions in the future will need to refer to the competition as follows: ‘This work was undertaken using the PURE dataset provided by the University of Bristol as part of a data challenge organised by the Jean Golding Institute for Data-Intensive Research’.
The competition will be launched with a meeting on the 27th March 2017 15:00-16:00, Stephenson Room, Richmond Building (Student Union). At this meeting the data will be introduced and members of the JGI will be available to answer any questions surrounding the competition. The meeting is also an opportunity to meet other contestants and form teams should you wish to do so.
The meeting is not a requirement for participating in the competition (but there will be coffee, tea, and cake!).
The entries will be judged by a panel convened by the Jean Golding Institute.
The winner of the competition will receive £1,000, with two runners up each receiving £250.
The Jean Golding Institute will discuss with the winning team how to potentially continue supporting the development of their solutions. There may be an opportunity to distribute the developed work either on an open source or license basis for use outside of the University.
The winning teams will need to be available to showcase their entries on the 12th September 2017 from 16:00. More information will be available near the time.
Competition opens: 27 March 2017
Entries deadline: 19 May 2017
Winning team announcement: 6 June 2017
Winners’ showcase: 12 September 2017