Uniquip Seminar

“Defining standards for the publication of research facilities and equipment data”

This event took place on the 18th & 19th September

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The first national Uniquip seminar took place on the 18th and 19th September and was highly successful. Over 20 universities came together to discuss how best to achieve equipment and facilities sharing, debating issues such as vocabulary development, technology, sustainable practices and the future for creating national data sets.
The delegates participated in interactive workshops and heard presentations  from guest speakers including Nigel Shadbolt, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Lesley Thompson, director of EPSRC.

More detail on the seminar sessions and outcomes will be available here soon.

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Day 1

10:30 Coffee and reception (Hartley Suite)

11:00 Introduction – Don Spalinger, Director of Reseaerch & Innovation Services, University of Southampton

11:15 Key note speech – Prof. Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southampton

            12:00 Plenary Sessions

            What is the UNIQUIP project? How did it evolve?

12.45 LUNCH

13.45 Table Discussion (Groups)

Results of Mapping Exercise – What is core when describing equipment and facilities?

What does the community think is the standard way to describe equipment?

Facilitated by Dr Yvonne Howard, University of Southampton

14.45 COFFEE

15.00 Report back from groups

            Feedback from table discussion.

15.30 Parallel Workshops (Building 85)

A – Categorisation/Extended vocabulary (Room 2209)

Creating data rich information (Facilitated by Dale Heenan, ESRC)


B – Interoperability of datasets and technology (Room 2207)

How do we share our data? (Facilitated by data.ac.uk Team and Kit Catalogue Team)

17:00 Close

18.30 Evening reception and dinner

Day 2

9.00 Coffee (Hartley Suite)

9.15 Day 1 recap

9.30 Parallel sessions (Building 85)

A - Sustainable practices (Room 2209):

How do institutions manage the data?  Utilising existing data?

Speaker – Gareth Bradbury, Head of Product Management, Unit 4

The need for revised procedures

Speaker – Dr Hamish McAlpine, Bath University


B - The future (Room 2207):

Creating national datasets

Speaker – Chris Gutteridge University of Southampton

Advantages & disadvantages of integrating corporate management information systems

Speaker – Dr Gavin Burnell, University of Leeds

Role of standards bodies and organisations?

Speaker – Brigitte Joerg, CERIF National Coordinator

Reconvene at Hartley Suite

11.30 Barriers to equipment sharing

Security, Data protection, Economic, Contractual, licence restrictions?

Dr Peter Hedges, University of Warwick

12.30 The future for UNIQUIP network

What do we envisage? What would you like to see?

13.00 Closing Speech – Lesley Thompson, Director of EPSRC

13:30 Close