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Workshop spaces available- book today!

October 12, 2012 Leave a comment

There are still places available for the IRIOS-2 Final Workshop to be held on Thursday 18th October in Newcastle.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the JISC funded IRIOS-2 project,view a demonstration of the system in action and network with colleagues who have been using CERIF.

 To find out more about this free event please visit the blog post –

To request a place please email



Defiant Objects

September 27, 2012 1 comment

We had a very useful meeting with Tahani Nadim from Goldsmiths University of London today.

Tahani is involved in the defiant objects project which has a lot of synergy with IRIOS2, and in the Kaptur project which has synergy with our CERIF for Datasets project

The defiant objects project is looking at non-publication research outputs and how to store and retrieve them.  It is primarily focussed on the arts.  I was very interested in comparing the entities within the scope of the defiant objects project with the RCUK Research Outcomes requirements and we agreed to discuss this further.  I have sent Tahani some mappings and specifications and look forward to further sharing of ideas.

Categories: C4D

Research Information Management – Sharing Ideas

June 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Yesterday William Nixon gave an over view of research information management at the University of Glasgow to the Digital Curation Centre roadshow in Belfast. This included an overview of IRIOS2 as well as other projects. The slides can be seen at:


Categories: C4D, Glasgow, IRIOS Tags:

Non-Publication Output Types

May 1, 2012 1 comment

We have been considering which of the output types not often traditionally stored in Research Organisation core systems might be priorities for ‘CERIF’ying’

Based on the RCUK Research Outcomes list my initial suggestions to add to books, journals and publications are below. 

Note these are just my initial thoughts and the team may decided on different priorities.

Impact –  Research Organisations will need to work out internally how to deal with impact info for both REF and RCUK without giving out confidential info inappropriately and ensuring staff know data will be re-used (if we do plan to re-use info generically)

Key findings  





Dataset – this is being worked on by our sister project CERIF for Datasets


Logic – All except artwork and artefact (which could be de-prioritised) needed for reporting to REF/HEBCIS or other statutory returns as well as RCUK outcomes reporting.   

Audio Recording 


Creative – other




Lecture – also required for HEBCIS

All of the following are Esteem which is also required for REF:

Appointment to Editorial Board

Membership of Panel/Group

Other Award/Appointment

Degree/Other Honour

Research Prize


Honorary Degree

Fellowship of Learned Society

In all of this Research Organisations’s need internally to plan how to deal with various issues e.g. confidentiality but we can take that aside and we can discuss the internal communications ourselves.

Repositories Support Project – Embedding Guide and Toolkit

December 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The Repositories Support Project Embedding Guide and Toolkit has been published by the Repositories Support Project and will help institutions to get the best value from their institutional repositories through integration with other university systems, particularly research management systems.

 It is aimed at repository staff but will be of interest to other groups such as academic librarians and research management staff.

 Over the past few years, there have been a number of JISC funded projects and other institutional initiatives which have focused on the embedding of research repositories into organisational systems, policies and workflows. The results have been documented in websites, blogs, conference presentations etc but they have not been synthesised into a coherent whole. This guide aims to do just that.

Visit the RSP Embedding Guide here

Read more on the RSP blog

The bulk of this message is reproduced from an e-notification from the Repositories Support Project

Categories: C4D, IRIOS, JISC, RMAS, St Andrews, Sunderland

CERIF Task Group Meetings, 2012

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

During 2011, the CERIF TG has had an intensive work schedule and has met several times. In the UK there are a lot of CERIF-CRIS implementations and a plethora of JISC-funded projects (such as IRIOS, IRIOS-2, C4D, RMAS, CIA) in which CERIF plays a central part.

The stakeholders wish to unite the UK community and the need is felt for more information and in-depth discussion on CERIF-CRIS, a tutorial and a ‘surgery’ session. Moreover, CERIF has intersections with other TGs, particularly CRIS-IR, CRIS Architecture & Development and the new Linked Open Data TG, but never had joint meetings. Therefore it has been decided to match both needs and take this opportunity to bring the UK community and euroCRIS expert members together.

The meetings will be held on the 9th and 10th of February 2012. UKOLN is willing to host the event and will work jointly with the euroCRIS Secretariat, in consultation with the TG leaders, to make arrangements. Details have still to be elaborated, but the ideas are:

– Thursday 9th of February: Introduction to CRIS, CERIF tutorial, surgery section (UK community + CERIF experts)

– Friday 10th of February: 3 parallel sessions (6 TGs), half a day each

The bulk of this message is reproduced from an e-notification from EuroCRIS.

Research Output Discussion Group

November 23, 2011 4 comments

A few of us from Scottish Universities got together informally yesterday to discuss research output management and I thought others might be interested in sharing what was discussed.

Anna Clements from St. Andrews gave an update and demo of their research information system.

Matt Barr, Andrew McHugh, and myself gave an update on the Engage project   James Toon mentioned some useful topic work at Edinburgh that we can link in with.

Anna and myself gave overviews of the following projects:


CERIF in Action

CERIF For Data

Discussion points included:

  • Unfunded projects – some HEI’s add these to their systems, other don’t.   How to encourage submission of these activities if there is not a funding incentive.
  • Monitoring application success rates done to varying degrees with various approaches.
  • Anna used Community of Science activities as basis  for categorising activities and will be doing further work on defining activities in future.  
  • The Engage project has been using the RCUK classifications as a basis for mapping research activity.
  • Keywords on outputs are not generally regarded as successful with greater confidence in data mining from project and output titles and content.
  • Levels of data verification vary and most felt that although this can be resource intensive more should be done to improve the quality of data whether through further automation, staff training, or other means.  One method that has been in use at the University of Glasgow for many years is automatic emails.
  • Some core systems record research activity from students and some do not.  
  • We spoke about the potential for confidential information such as HR information or IP to be exposed via narrative fields in the RCUK Outcomes System.  We are confident that our colleagues at RCUK will ensure that data is secure and nothing inappropriate is made public but nevertheless felt we needed to manage this locally through training, communication and data checking to minimise the possibility of inappropriate comments being transferred to third parties.  We discussed how the University of Glasgow defaults publicity to ‘Yes’ for certain award types.   More details are available at: 
  • Definitions and terminology vary widely across the stakeholders and we look forward to the outcome of various projects that are working on proposals for standardisation.  There is a useful presentation on the benchmarking project ‘Snowball’ at:
  • We discussed the different definitions and requirements of recording events and agreed this area needed further clarification. 
  • The Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information may be of interest.  Some people have already had a demo and we plan to organise a discussion and demo for others.

We thought it was very useful and we may meet up again in the Spring.  Any comments welcome.