Jez Cope I am Academic Digital Technologist at the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath.

I help research students and staff in the Centre to collaborate, communicate and be more effective using technology. I provide training and one-to-one guidance, develop and support specialist technical solutions to problems.


Here is a selection of my current interests and areas of responsibility:

Virtual Research Environments (VREs)
I develop, maintain and support iSusLab, the VRE for the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Sustainable Chemical Technologies. It provides a number of online collaboration tools, such as file sharing, wikis and forums, which can be deployed in whatever combination suits each individual project or group.
Research data management (RDM)
Following on from work on the Research360 project, I am developing processes to improve the management of research data within the DTC. This work also feeds into the overall RDM picture for the University.
Electronic laboratory notebooks
I am currently investigating complementing our more general VRE with a specialised electronic laboratory notebook (ELN). ELNs are used in a lab context to directly record data and observations in digital form. They enable easier backup and sharing of lab data, and can often automate common tasks and calculations.
Social media
Social media tools (such as Twitter) provide a variety of exciting opportunities for research communication. I help research students and staff to explore and capitalise on these opportunities.
Digital communications
I am responsible for the CSCT website and other digital channels of communication, such as our blog and Twitter feed.

Past projects & activities

Developing and piloting human and technical infrastructure for research data management at the University of Bath.
Facilitating lectures given by remote presenters as part of the DTC’s Sustainable Development and Introduction to Environmental Management courses, using Blackboard Collaborate (previously Elluminate) and Adobe Connect.