By Karen Anderson, University of Exeter, and David Griffiths, FoAM Kernow

By Christopher Hunt, Lead Developer at i-DAT, Plymouth University.

This article is part of our series: a day in the software life, in which we ask researchers from all disciplines to discuss the tools that make their research possible.

Organisations use a wide range of methods to measure how audiences engage with a cultural experience. These include audience surveys, focus groups, interviews, blog posts and a range of more experimental and creative methods. However, most of these methods are expensive, use a great deal of resources and lack a standardised…

One of the biggest problems facing researchers is the best way to share their research to as broad an audience as possible. In fact, it’s this important part of research impact, or how academic research makes a contribution to wider society, that is used as one of the yardsticks to judge the success of a research project.

The Software Sustainability Institute has been addressing this problem through its blog, which regularly features articles by researchers from across the disciplines, all of whom have used software to enhance and develop their work. The question, however…

If you want to keep up to date with the latest developments in software and research, you can now download our blog app from the Google Play store.

The app allows you to access our blog via your phone or tablet. It's currently available only for Android devices, but we'll be looking to develop an iOS version soon.

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One of last week's most popular blog posts described the innovative Peek phone app, which is being used in Kenya to diagnose vision problems.

The team who developed the app are looking for help from software developers. If you're interested in assisting with Peek, please contact the team using their webform. By signing up, you could help make a huge difference to the thousands of people who are blighted by blindness in developing countries.

The app was developed in rural Kenya and allows health workers…

By Andrew Bastawrous, Research Fellow in International Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

This article is part of our series: a day in the software life, in which we will be asking researchers from all disciplines to discuss the tools that make their research possible.

Although 80% of blindness is avoidable, diagnosing it can be very expensive. Peek is an app that helps community health workers to perform a comprehensive eye examination with only an Android phone and…

By Eve Macharia, Specialist Registrar and clinical researcher in Paediatric Surgery, Institute of Child Health.

Eve is the project lead on the TARDIS team, where she coordinated the development of an app for the study of gastro-esophageal reflux (GOR) in children. The app, called TARDIS:GOR, is currently undergoing beta testing at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. We asked Eve to pass on her top tips on developing apps for the healthcare sector. 


By Eve Macharia, Specialist Registrar and clinical researcher in Paediatric Surgery, Institute of Child Health.

Apps are a rapidly evolving and expanding example of software-as-a-service. In the past ten years, there has been an explosion in the number of health-related apps available to the consumer. Currently, the NHS apps library hosts 81 apps - these must pass the NHS review approval process to be deemed safe. Even as a healthcare professional and consumer of health on…

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