Non-textual Outputs

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Non-textual outputs will be further discussed in the CIA workshop in London as well as today’s IRIOS2 workshop, with a view to establishing institutions’ priorities and further CERIFying these outputs.

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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.

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IRIOS-2 – Final Workshop

September 21, 2012 1 comment

IRIOS-2 – Final Workshop

Register your interest now for the opportunity to attend this FREE workshop on 18th October.

The workshop will introduce our project and display the system in action, as well as featuring a presentation from our RIM3 partner project CIA.

We hope the attendees will find this workshop interesting and consider the implications of implementing this system in the future.


IRIOS-2 – Final Workshop – Millfield House, Jesmond Dene, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7BQ

11.00 am Registration
11.30 am Welcome and Introduction
11.45 am IRIOS-2 Project Overview
12.15 pm CIA Project Overview
12.45 pm IRIOS-2 Demonstration
1.15 pm Lunch
2.15 pm Group Discussion

To request a place please email

Outputs from this workshop will be posted onto the IRIOS-2 blog pages. If you are unable to attend the workshop but would like to be receive a copy of the report, please contact


Taxi from Newcastle Central Station recommended. The venue is probably best known as ‘Pet’s Corner’ within Jesmond Dene to local taxi drivers . Full contact details for the venue can be found here-

Alternatively, the venue is a 10-15 minute walk from West Jesmond Metro Station- Take an ‘Airport’ bound train from Central Station Metro and the 4th stop is West Jesmond (8 minutes approx). 


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IRIOS-2 Workshop

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

The end of the IRIOS-2 project is quickly approaching and while demos have been conducted for the core project partners, the wider community has yet to see the results of what has been a tremendous development effort.

The IRIOS-2 project will be holding a workshop in October, this is currently shceduled to take place on 18th October as an all day event at “Pets Corner” in Newcastle, some people may remember this as the location of the 2011 ARMA event.

We would be very keen to see not only the IRIOS project partners but also an extended list of attendees at this event with invites being circulated very soon.

Finally, if the IRIOS-2 project isnt incentive enough to attend……

Come to see the new born Alpaca at the Pets Corner petting zoo!

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Research Classification

August 21, 2012 1 comment

As part of our ‘Engage’ project here at the University of Glasgow we have been looking at using research themes to facilitate discovery of information about research projects and thier outputs.

For the ‘Engage’ project we imported the list of RCUK research classifications to our demonstrator.

The IRIOS2 demonstrator illustrates we can obtain the Research Council classification and award data as an export from the Research Council systems and potentially use them as a basis for our ‘theme’ classification albeit we ‘only’ get classfications for some Research Council’s at present and not all RC’s or all funders.  This is a good potential base that could remove a portion of the data entry and be developed to facilitate assignation of standard research themes to all of our projects (and their outputs).

For this to work I think we’d need a robust central reference point of the Research Council themes (or  a standard UK/wider community set of themes).  The current IRIOS2 demonstrator include a number of other classifications which might be of use – e.g. FRASCATI, Eurostat 2007 NABS.

example of grant data in IRIOS2 demonstrator

example of grant data in IRIOS2 demonstrator

In addition IRIOS2 provides some good potential for cross-institutional collaboration ideas – simply using the Research Council themes – or potentially applying fuzzy logic and other ideas such as those we have developed in our Engage project for ‘internal’ and ‘external’ use.

Potentially in future we could get an electronic update of new awards with relevant info that we export into our systems (complete with Research Council classification where available).  This would cut out manual keying from award letters/emails, speed up process, improve synchronisation, and facilitates use of research themes for discovery of the activities and outputs.

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Non Publication Outputs

August 8, 2012 Leave a comment

The IRIOS-2 service will extend upon functionality provided in IRIOS such that the scope of the platform encompasses non-text based output types.

Over numerous weeks the project teams at each of the 3 partner institutions have worked to decide on 6 non text based outputs to be included in the IRIOS2 service, while this was initially closer to 20 it was deemed  unrealistic due to time constraints. From this we were able to produce specifications and eventually a CERIF mapping.

The documents included in this post should be considered the final versions that will be used in the development of the IRIOS-2 service. Alot of hard work was put in by all 3 teams to produce these documents.

Comments welcome.


CERIF Mapping – Non-publication outputs v2

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