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Warwick researchers in Statistics build DiAGRAM to help archivists ensure that the 1921 census and other archives remain digitally available
Warwick researchers in Statistics build DiAGRAM to help archivists ensure that the 1921 census and other archives remain digitally available as technologies become obsolete and carriers deteriorate.
Martine Barons, AS&RU Director, with colleagues from the AU4DM network have produced a toolkit for communicating climate risk which is set be presented at COP26
Martine Barons, Director of the Applied Statistics & Risk Unit, together with
colleagues from the AU4DM network have produced a toolkit for communicating
climate risk which is set be presented at COP26 in the UN-managed space (Blue
Zone) which hosts the negotiations.
Martine worked with colleagues from the Analysis under Uncertainty for
Decision Makers (AU4DM) to win one of just seven mini-fellowships in Climate
Risk from the COP26 Universities Network. The team, consisting of Martine
Barons, Polina Levontin & Mark Workman (Imperial) and Jo Walton (Sussex),
put together an interactive climate risk communication workshop in
collaboration with another fellow, Freya Roberts (UCL). The workshop was held
on Friday 01 October as the final day of the COP26 Universities Network Climate
Risk Summit. The workshop was opened by Liz Bentley of the Royal
Meteorological Society and covered the myriad consideration that need to be
made when communicating between different domains of expertise, especially
when there are uncertainties, some of them deep. Freya and her team made a
digital ‘goodybag’ of science writing tips available at the close of the meeting.
In addition, and with case studies contributed from some more of the Climate
Risk fellows, the AU4DM team collaborated with designer Jana Kleineberg to
produce their Communicating Climate Risk Toolkit. The Communicating Climate
Risk Toolkit seeks to narrow the gap between climate science and climate action,
by providing insights, recommendations, and practical tools to support the
dialogue between scientists, decision-makers, and many diverse communities
that is required for effective action. The AU4DM team drew on expertise in
statistics, foresight, digital humanities and mathematical sciences as well as
broad experience in interfacing with decision-makers from business,
government and industry. This joins two previous publications by the AU4DM
team: Decision Support Tools for Complex Decisions under Uncertainty (2019)
and Visualising Uncertainty: An Introduction (2020) ; the latter has reached over
2000 reads on ResearchGate and many more elsewhere.
The 76-page first edition of the Communicating Climate Risk Toolkit is set to be
presented in the Blue Zone at COP26 Science Pavilion on Friday 05 November
16.30-17.30. The Blue Zone is the UN-managed space which hosts the
negotiations. The space brings together delegations from 197 Parties, alongside
observer organisations to share their stories at panel discussions, side events,
exhibits, and cultural events. All attendees within the Blue Zone must be
accredited by the UNFCCC. After gaining feedback form decision makers and
other attendees, the second edition is planned for early 2022.
AS&RU and The National Archives finalist in Digital Preservation Coalition prize for research and innovation for a probabilistic decision support tool for preservation of the nation’s digital heritage
AS&RU researchers, Dr Martine Barons, Dr Thais Fonseca and Prof Jim Smith have developed a decision support system (DiAGRAM) in collaboration with The National Archive (TNA) for the digital archiving community. The project – called “Safeguarding the nation’s digital memory” built on research by Prof Smith, Dr Manuele Leonelli and Dr Martine Barons to develop a probabilistic model to allow archives of different sizes and structures to assess risk levels for their digital collections and how the risk levels change under proposed interventions. TNA states that the nation’s digital heritage is rich, complex and fragile. This material – born-digital records (in a variety of formats), web archives, digitised archival materials – is under threat from rapidly evolving technology, outdated policies and a skills gap across the archives sector. To preserve this heritage for future generations, we must understand and navigate a vast and ever-shifting risk landscape. This tool, launched in November 2020, was developed with input with a number of partner archives and with input from archives across the world, including Brazil, USA, Australia and more. It was shortlisted as a finalist in the worldwide Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) Awards and has already received a request to translate into Turkish!
There were nominations from 14 countries for the DPC Awards. The winners in the research & innovation category were ‘Introducing levels of born digital’ https://www.dpconline.org/blog/introducing-levels-born-digital-access .
AS&RU Director, Dr Martine Barons, is one of eight people interviewed in the October special issue on Knowledge Exchange of Mathematics Today, which also highlights the role of many routes for KE
AS&RU Director, Dr Martine Barons, features in the October special issue on Knowledge Exchange of Mathematics Today. Knowledge exchange - a process which brings together academic staff, users of research and wider groups and communities to increase the impact of research – is important to ensure the benefit of research are enjoyed by society as a whole. Knowledge exchange in the mathematical sciences is, perhaps, the hardest of all, as there are significant social barriers as even the well-educated can perceive mathematics as a difficult subject that exposes the weakness of their intelligence and reduces their confidence in their intellectual capacity. In this Special issue, eight people with strong records in knowledge exchange are interviewed, including Dr Barons, and the role of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is explored. Even during lockdown, virtual knowledge exchange events, akin to study groups, have been operating very successfully and bringing the power of the mathematical sciences to bear on society’s pressing problems.