A UKRI Next Stage Digital Economy Research Centre
Showcase 2022: DIGIT Lab’s 12 Days of Christmas
A taster of some of our recent activities at DIGIT Lab, at the end of 2022.
Responsible animal phenomics: Visions for linking digital sensing and genomic data in UK livestock breeding
We are looking at how digital sensing technologies are being implemented in animal breeding, and the societal and ethical implications of this digital transformation in agriculture.
Digital sensing technologies are increasingly used for farm animal management and veterinary purposes, offering new understanding of animals’ behaviour and health as well as ‘precision’ farming strategies. Linking the data collected by animal sensing technologies to genomic data has been identified as a key opportunity to develop data-driven strategies in farm animal breeding, and allow breeders to target novel health and behavioural traits of animals.
This project will investigate how these innovations in data use are changing animal breeding practice and organisation, and identify key goals for and challenges to responsible practice, for animal welfare and sustainable farming systems.
The research team will interview stakeholders including scientists, breeders, farmers, policymakers, veterinarians and animal welfare experts to identify their visions of digital transformation, the challenges they face in achieving this, and the key ethical implications of new technologies and breeding practices.
Business Strategies in Digital Animal Health
This project aims to investigate the impact of digital technologies and new digital business models on the animal health industry.
We are working with the Veterinary Health Innovation Engine (vHive), a research initiative partially funded by Zoetis and managed through the University of Surrey. vHive is dedicated to the development and adoption of new digital technologies in animal health.
Investigating the Data Reuse Problem
Alan Turning Institute and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
This project is investigating impediments to data reuse. We’ll be asking “what’s the current state of play?” before making practical recommendations and identifying areas where future research or development is needed.
Government and commercial organisations have accrued vast amounts of data over years of investment, but they might be missing opportunities. The way data is designed, captured, and managed is primarily intended for single-use purposes. This means huge amounts of data that is worth billions of pounds is being generated, yet it is not being reused.
Data reuse could deliver better value. If it could be used in a slightly different way, data could inform other operational areas, systems and services beyond what it was originally designed for. The ability to reuse data could allow an organisation to use their resources more efficiently, potentially saving time and money.
The Role of Digital Transformation in the Agribusiness Sector in East of England
Most farm businesses use software and digital technology at least at a basic level and are well versed in data collection, to add value and improve efficiency and sustainability. However, many are not using the data they have collected to the fullest.
We are working with agricultural-tech companies to help them clearly communicate the ways that digital technology can provide greater benefits to the farm businesses, how to help farmers get the most out of their data, build trust, and overcome the challenges that digital technologies bring to the sector.
DIGIT Lab contact, Gerard Parr
Sunday Night Blues
This research explores the causes, impact and resolution of the Sunday Night Blues, examines the wider issues faced within organisations because of this, and what employers can start doing to combat the anxiety that surrounds a new working week.
The project’s preliminary findings have revealed:
- Why everyone has experienced Sunday Night Blues
- The main contributors to Sunday Night Blues
- The impact that hybrid working has had on Sunday Night Blues
- The consequences, including; the impact on work-life balance, relationships and sleep
- How to reduce the feeling of Sunday Night Blues, including; promoting work-life balance, better control of workloads, planning, email volumes and perhaps most importantly… talking!
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