October 2013

We just learned that our iconic supercomputer, Hera, has been selected for a Design Museum / Technology Strategy Board prize in their joint Future is Here competition. The competition celebrates our new industrial revolution of computer based modelling and simulation, high value manufacturing and 3D printing, big data and the digital economy, space systems, genomics and other present day developments that offer "a glimpse of the future, today". This is particularly appropriate for our supercomputer, Hera, which is a one-of-a-kind design artifact, but also a mixture of both R&D lab and factory floor.

From the Future is Here manifesto:

We are in the midst of a transformation in the way we design, make and use the objects that we depend on. It is a transformation that will affect commerce, industry, and the way that we all live as profoundly as any previous Industrial Revolution.

The Future is Here exhibition runs until 29th October 2013 at the Design Museum - for more information, see the-future-is-here.com.

I'm delighted to be able to present here the results of our recent survey of the UK Higher Education community's plans for Research Data Management, along with a little initial analysis and an executive summary. To stay true to the spirit of openness, we have made a redacted version of the raw data available, along with our analysis, using the figshare cloud RDM service.