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RIS Project Team February 2012. New University of Bristol Research Information System. Contents. Background to the RIS project Benefits For individual academics and researchers For academic managers General benefits for the whole University Timescales and priorities Communications.

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Ris project team february 2012

RIS Project TeamFebruary 2012

New University of Bristol

Research Information System


  • Background to the RIS project

  • Benefits

    • For individual academics and researchers

    • For academic managers

    • General benefits for the whole University

  • Timescales and priorities

  • Communications

  • Why do we need a research information system at the university of bristol

    Lack of integration of research information across our current University systems

    Significant gaps have been identified in the research information currently being captured

    IRIS the University’s publication management system was no longer fit for purpose

    We need a system to support the development of the University’s REF submission

    A system is required to reduce manual data entry and minimise duplication of effort

    A system is required to support reporting on research information at all levels in the institution.

    Why do we need a Research Information System at the University of Bristol?

    Project progression
    Project progression current University systems

    • Statement of Requirements


    • Stage 1 Business Case

    • EU Procurement Process


    • PURE - Atira

    Ris project team february 2012
    Pure current University systems

    • What is Pure?

      • Pure = Publication and Research

      • Product of Danish company – Atira http://www.atira.dk/en/

      • Successfully in use at 20+ UK Universities including several Russell Group institutions

    • Who is it for?

      • Any staff at the University of Bristol who carry out research and publish the results of research

    Pure will contain information on
    Pure will contain information on: current University systems

    • Academic and research staff (from PIMS)

    • University structure/ organisation hierarchy (from PIMS)

    • Research grant information (from CODA)

    • Postgraduate research student supervision (from SITS)

    • Research applications and awards (from ORCA)

    • Research outputs/ publications including full-text and periodic downloads of citation data

      And will allow us to collect:

    • Esteem indicators/ research activity

    • Research groupings - Institutes, Themes, groups

    • Collaborator information

    • Events (e.g. Conferences)

    Benefits University of Bristol

    • For individual academics and researchers:

      • Improved transparency and access to view and manage information about own research activity within a single system

      • Harvesting of publications - will save staff time and effort

      • Enhanced visibility of research

      • Re-using the information for automatic display of web pages and creation of CVs reduces the need for repeated data entry and duplication of effort

      • Pure is one system which will be used for several different purposes including REF2014. This means less separate systems for staff to have to learn how to use

      • The system is user-friendly and intuitive

    Benefits University of Bristol

    • For academic managers in schools and faculties:

      • Valuable tool for research management and performance enhancement

      • Improved visibility and access to information on research activity within the organisation, including information not previously collected in a University system – esteem indicators, impact, research groupings etc.

      • A facility for reporting on research activity within the organisation including advancements in reporting on research groupings

      • More accurate and timely information to support evidence-based strategic and operational decision-making

      • Pure will improve the processes for collecting information e.g. Harvesting of publications from online databases.

    Pure s reporting module
    Pure’s reporting module University of Bristol

    Benefits University of Bristol

    • General benefits for the University as a whole:

      • Pure will provide a single source of information about research at the University of Bristol

      • Transparency of data will drive improvements in data quality

      • The integration of existing information and collection of new information will lead to an improved understanding of the breadth of research activity

      • Pure is a commercial system used by other UK universities and therefore offers continual system improvements and developments in line with sector requirements

      • Pure will be used for the development of the University’s REF 2014 submission

      • PurePortal: Improved visibility of research information for external audiences. Will enable us to showcase and highlight research activity.

    Example of pureportal
    Example of PurePortal University of Bristol

    PurePortal = Pure information publically available for searching and browsing

    Browse across the University organisation hierarchy, research groups, content type

    Method by which full text will be made available (replacing ROSE) and publications metadata available (replacing IRIS)

    Will make content available for Google and similar search engines including making content available for Google Scholar

    Content is inter-related

    Content is entirely driven by information in Pure and therefore no manual re-entry of information is required

    Example of pureportal1
    Example of PurePortal University of Bristol

    Example external view of a publication on the PurePortal

    The full text is available

    Potential to have ‘Amazon-like’ features such as ‘publications by the same authors’

    Ability to browse to look at an internal author personal page

    Able to browse to look at information by organisations that are associated to the publication e.g. Schools, research groups

    Future potential to link pieces of content- the example here shows the publication linked to a seminar

    View the graph of related content

    Example of pureportal2
    Example of PurePortal University of Bristol

    Ref 2014 system
    REF 2014 system University of Bristol

    Timescales University of Bristol

    Timescales and priorities
    Timescales and priorities University of Bristol

    • For the August 2012 launch of the system the focus will be on the following areas:

      • Publications and full-text

      • REF module

      • Research groupings

      • Esteem indicators/ research activities

      • Web views of the information

      • Basic reporting functionality

    • Future opportunities will be:

      • Research taxonomy of keywords (managed or free form)

      • Equipment

      • Investigate potential of using Pure to support funder information requirements e.g. RCUK ROS

      • Day-to-day (non REF) recording of examples of impact

      • More advanced reporting functionality

    Communications University of Bristol

    • Contacts and support

      • pure-support@bristol.ac.uk

      • Jenny O'Grady, Research Analyst and Project Manager

      • Hilary Browne, Research Information System Administrator

      • Website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/red/research-policy/pure/index.html

      • Online FAQs

  • Communications – Emails, Roadshows

  • Formal Training – Staff Development course

  • Other Training – Drop-in Clinics, User Guides, Online Help