Oxford e-Research Centre

Enabling innovation: from data science research to application

We are a multidisciplinary data science research and education institute, part of the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. We research and implement innovative digital methodologies, information and computational solutions for academic research and industrial applications. Founded in 2006, the Centre provides a world-leading environment for over 50 staff, including six academics, students, data scientists postdocs, as well as professional research software and knowledge engineers, who work together on interdisciplinary projects for the benefit of other research and society.

Our impact-driven data science projects, products and infrastructure

What we do

  • Climate services
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data management & reproducibility
  • Digital humanities
  • Energy digitisation
  • Internet of things
  • Language modelling 
  • Scholarly publishing & communication
  • Scientific computing
  • Visual analytics
How we do it

  • Cloud computing
  • Machine learning & analytics
  • High performance computing
  • Software engineering

Our expertise spans across data science domains and technologies. Via a broad range of collaborations, we deliver novel methodological, technical, social and policy advancements across disciplines: physical sciences and engineering; arts, humanities and social sciences; energy and environment; the biological and medical sciences; as well as information and library sciences.

Our work is diverse and international. Our academics advise governments and other organisations on strategic data-drive decisions, work with policy makers on open and reproducible science agendas, consult for industry and publishers, collaborate with libraries and research communities around the world. Our academic staff run courses, training modules and events, as well as host and supervise under- and post-graduates, preparing the new generation of data scientists, scholars and entrepreneurs.

Professor David De Roure gives the opening keynote talk at the Internet of Things India Congress in Bangalore (Image: David Murray-Rust)

Unlocking Musicology event 'Narratives through Data' July 2019

Students on the MSc Energy Systems course visit Sandford Hydro

Professor of Language Modelling Janet B. Pierrehumbert. Photograph by Ian Wallman

Dr Philippe Rocca Serra at the FAIRplus Innovation and SME Forum, Hinxton

The Lovelace engine visits the Centre. This musical machine was build to celebrate the work pioneering computer scientist Ada Lovelace

RT @SusannaASansone: Very successful participation & presentation by our Pete @Drosophilic on @FAIRsharing_org at #RRTS20 on role & work of…

The UK needs energy systems that are cheaper, cleaner and consumer-friendly. Project LEO (Local Energy Oxfordshire) has the potential to show just how innovation can deliver this #energy ambition for the future. Masao Ashtine, @DavidWallom, @TheEICEnergy https://t.co/0MnEaJLZkl https://t.co/Y742FvBRPy

RT @Drosophilic: I'm delighted to attend the #FAIRsFAIR #MDCWS Virtual Workshop on Metadata catalogues hosted by @FAIRsFAIR_EU this mornin…

RT @Drosophilic: #biocuration - a key part of modern data infrastructure, ensuring good data management and increasing the value of biologi…

RT @Drosophilic: It's time for my pre-recorded talk for #RRTS20 See if you can spot the moment I hear a knock on the door! #WFH https://t.c