OR2016 conference report

It feels very much like another world, but two weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the OR2016 conference in Trinity College, Dublin alongside Jisc colleagues including John Kaye and Balvair Notay. Open Repositories 2016 gathers together interest groups based around the four major open repository platforms: dSpace, ePrints, Fedora and Invenio. There were … Read more

Assessing the sustainability of the research data spring projects

In this guest blog post, Steve Crouch, research software group lead at the Software Sustainability Institute, talks about the lightweight sustainability assessment of the research data spring projects and his feedback and impressions as a part of the judging panel. He also briefly touches upon the latest webinar we run for the projects on financing … Read more

A consortial approach to research data management: piloting the next phase

In this blog post, Rachel Persad, the senior policy adviser on research and innovation at GuildHE, reports on the progress and engagement of small and specialist higher education institutions with research data management. She also highlights the challenges that CREST institutions are facing and the goals they have as a pilot within the research data … Read more

Digital Preservation handbook – new edition launched

On the 22nd June 2016, I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the new edition of the Digital Preservation Handbook at the picturesque Guildhall in York. In addition to meeting the welcoming staff of the Digital Preservation Coalition, I also had the opportunity to chat with many of the authors and experts who had … Read more

Tamsin Burland on the CRIS2016 conference

CRIS systems going national and providing new avenues for research into research management Tamsin Burland, our research subject specialist reports on the CRIS2016 conference, where she delivered a session. The ‘CRIS2016’ conference, organised by euroCRIS, was held 8th -10th June at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.  This is a biennial conference focussed on … Read more

Research Data Shared Service – OR2016

This post is a companion to a poster on the Jisc Research Data Shared Service that John Kaye is presenting for Jisc at the Open Repositories conference this week in Dublin. You can download the poster [PDF] here: RDSS Poster Open Repositories June 2016 This post provides an overview of the current status of the … Read more

S-lab conference and equipment sharing

Last week, Martin Hamilton and I attended the S-lab conference at the BBSRC Rothamsted Research. S-lab is an initiative that supports world class science through engaging the discussion on efficiencies around laboratory equipment and facilities. The conference kicked off with a few keynote speakers. David Parfrey of BBSRC said that the recipe for a bioeconomy … Read more

Semantometrics: exploring full text research metrics

Petr Knoth and Dasha Herrmanova from the Open University have experimented with a new approach to research assessment metrics (semantometrics) which isn’t based on citation data alone but argues that the full text is needed to assess the value of a research article. This research supports the findings of the HEFCE Metrics Tide Report that proposed … Read more

Cameron Neylon on the open citations experiment

Cameron Neylon is an advocate for open access and Professor of Research Communications at the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. The Library & Scholarly Futures blog has published a guest post by Cameron where he comments on the open citations experiment. The experiment investigated new forms of research citation and measures that could … Read more