Data Science Club Meeting #5

Time: 1400-1530

Venue: Atlas Rooms, Kilburn Building

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The nest meeting of the Data Science Club will take place on 14th July. As well as the below there will be updates on other items of interest to the Data Science Club.



Magnus Rattray​

Faculty of Life Sciences,
The University of Manchester

Title - "Introduction to the University of Manchester Data Science Institute"

Peter Smyth       

UK Data Service

Title - "The challenges of building and populating a secure but accessible big data environment for researchers in the Social Sciences and related disciplines."

Building a Hadoop cluster is the easy part. The hard part comes when we try to ingest data, of all shapes sizes and structures into a fully searchable data lake, which provides previews ,  dashboards or samples of dataset combinations whilst ensuring where necessary the most stringent security requirements are adhered to, but making the less secure data easily accessible to all and providing a robust and scalable processing environment.  This talk is about the UKDS Hadoop system, about the progress made and the obstacles envisaged.

Tea Coffee


Rachel Gibson

CMIST, University of Manchester

Title - "Overview in Developments in Data Science at Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST)"

David Topping

School of Earth, Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester

Title - "New database on properties of molecules and mixtures linked to open source informatics suite"

As part of an NERC International Opportunities Fund project lead by D Topping, researchers from across the US and EU will be converging later this year to decipher why we often cannot agree on measured properties of molecules and mixtures important for atmospheric science. This will involve development of a new community database with links to a new open source informatics package that enables predictions of such properties, already hosted here at the University (UManSysProp). We want to encourage update and contributions to these facilities any field across campus that relies on physico-chemical properties. If you want to find out more, please visit our existing site: