So you thought being a Librarian was boring? (The emerging role of libraries in research information management)

Pure, as one of the leading CRIS (or research information management RIM) systems, has facilitated the emergence of exciting opportunities for research organisations to transform their support for researchers, with many research libraries taking an increasingly important role. Broadly defined, RIM is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of information about institutional research activities, and as such, intersects with many aspects of traditional library services in discovery, acquisition, dissemination, and analysis of scholarly activities.

OCLC Research has been working with members of its international OCLC Research Library Partnership, including the University of St Andrews in Scotland, on a report to help libraries and other institutional stakeholders to understand developing RIM practices and, in particular, their relevance for service and staff development purposes.  In parallel and in collaboration with EuroCRIS, OCLC Research is launching a worldwide survey of research organisations on their practices related to research information management and the variations in drivers and implementation from country to country.

In this presentation, we will announce the release of the research report, encourage international survey participation as the survey opens, and provide a case study from the University of St Andrews.

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On the right path? How Pure has influenced our career development

Research Information Systems are becoming a central part of research administration, leading to a new band of Research Information Managers who have come from all over their institutions. But, you only have to look around the room at any Pure event to see that it’s not just these research information managers who are involved in working with Pure; from scholarly communications and data management to research policy, research assessment (REF, ERA) and ITS, there are so many ways into working with Pure and even more opportunities to develop and grow in your career.

This panel session will include a group of Pure users who have seen their careers grow and change while working with Pure. Stories range from the project manager who was a late substitution to manage the implementation and has never looked back, an enterprise architect who became the founding chair of the UK user group and is now a librarian, the REF Manager who was having so much fun she started designing Pure from the inside and an IT consultant learning the ways of the higher education sector. The session will explore the different career trajectories they have had since working with Pure with insights to help you on your own path.

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Raising the bar: how Pure is helping us build world class library research services at Manchester

The University of Manchester implemented Pure in April 2016. This presentation will describe some of the opportunities and challenges this has presented to the Library’s Research Services Division as we aim to achieve our strategic objective of supporting world class research at Manchester. As the University’s central store of research related data, Pure now underpins most of the Library’s research services across the key activity channels of Open Research, Impact, Identifiers, and Data Stewardship. Our presentation will describe how Pure:

  • Provides us with richer analytics enabling new insights into the University’s publication profile
  • Enables the team to manage the institutional mandate for all researchers to have and provide an ORCID ID
  • Allows us to better track the online attention to outputs through the integration with Pure.

We will also discuss some of the new working relationship we have created following the implementation of Pure as well as some of the challenges, including: learning the underlying data model of a new system; getting to grips with some of its features such as the reporting module; and tracking and reporting Open Access funder requirements to a range of stakeholders with differing requirements.

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One Step Beyond: research groups - using Pure to enhance your organization structure

To demonstrate how the University of Bristol is using the groups functionality in Pure to enhance our organisation structure and to share best practice with other institutions. The rationale, benefits and challenges of mapping research groups in Pure will be explored, as well as some practical advice for other institutions who are considering using Pure to manage their research structures.

The University of Bristol’s hierarchy includes a complex matrix of research groups, sub-groups and institutes, in addition to the more traditional Department/School/Faculty structure. Groups and institutes want to curate their research information and make it publicly available online and there is an increasing demand from the University to capture the shape, size and research output of our research structures.

Benefits include:

  • Pure has become the master data source for groups and their members
  • The Pure Portal includes public-facing group pages
  • We have developed a widget allowing groups to embed publications lists within their own websites
  • Group leads can receive scheduled reports of their research outcomes, which they can re-use for performance monitoring, communications and publicity

Challenges include:

  • Support, training and administrative overheads
  • Differing perspectives about what defines a research group
  • Functional limitations
  • Re-using groups in other systems

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Cooperation between five academic institutions for Pure

In Amsterdam five organizations have jointly opted for the research information system Pure from Elsevier. These organizations are University of Amsterdam, Academic Medical Center, VU University of Amsterdam, VU University Medical Center and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Between these organizations there is much cooperation on certain research areas.  In a consortium model the tender procedure, acquisition, implementation and migration from our former system(s) to Pure has been executed.  In this presentation we will give an overview of the intended purposes of this cooperation. And explain the approach and organization of this complicated project and the technical infrastructure for this consortium. The cooperation between the five institutions makes it possible to report efficiently across institution-wide research areas, projects and organizational units. Therefore a sixth Pure installation, in addition to the 5 local institute systems, has been implemented for joint reporting. Special attention will be given to the merging, deduplication, quality of data issues and technical difficulties in this sixth Pure installation as jointly reporting module.

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How we use Pure Portal to make our university’s research more visible: case study of Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia

The global scientific community benefits from having a diverse range of perspectives. As such, Russia is working to make its research more visible. In the same way, science in Russia benefits from a diverse range of global collaborators. The willingness of Russian universities to expand these collaborations and foster the excellence of Russian research is supported by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) is among such universities.

The aim of the report is to present case study of TPU in terms of implementation and use of PURE to address the challenge of making university’s research more visible and attract more international collaborations.  The main points why TPU research management counts on PURE, Elsevier will be mentioned, and the statistics of Portal visibility will be presented as well as case studies of collaborations started with the help of PURE.   Moreover, some recommendations how to improve interface and content of Pure portal to increase effectiveness of the tool will be described. Our experience can be helpful for the universities of Western Europe and the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) that have the same challenges and a similar economic and historical background.

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Worldwide Global visibility for Spanish research products of social sciences and humanities

Being a medium scale University with an important participation of social sciences and humanities, we have traditionally faced the difficulties of heterogeneity in the visibility of its researchers.  This in turn compromises the usefulness of commercial databases for measuring and assessing research performance and the consolidation of research capabilities among the different Schools and Faculties.   Although only recently we have adopted PURE as a Research Management Tool, the possibility to feed the profile of the different researchers with information from diverse sources and databases will offer a homogeneous platform that diminishes the difficulties of making responsible metrics that consider the context and the specific particularities of the research and communication practices of the different disciplines.  We expect that this will reduce the barriers posed by language, and target audiences in the different disciplines and build performance indicators aligned not only to global but also to local relevance, pertinence and visibility. This is nevertheless a difficult task. While most frequently used databases and citation indexes for research assessment  have normalization protocols that allow for the systematization of research results under some “normative “standards and definitions, this is not the case for results not included in these popular databases.

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You can’t always get what you want….

Our presentation briefly introduces Manchester’s Pure implementation, the challenges faced bringing multiple data sets together and the successes we’ve seen 18 months later.

We will then move on to show how Pure has supported different parts of the organisation in new ways, such as:

  1. Using Projects as micro-sites to show case or archive time limited research programmes, centres or groupings. Reducing costs and increasing flexibility for our Faculty web-teams and researchers a like.
  2. Supporting our Social Responsibility agenda through geographical reporting.
  3. Helping our Business Engagement Team show-case our collaborations with potential industrial partners.
  4. Engaging our PGR students in Pure and supporting our PGR administrators and Student Life Directorate to help PGRs make the most of their profiles.

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Populating Pure: To synchronise or not to synchronise that is the question

Finding a balance between effective system synchronisation and manual input to create quality data within Pure.

In this presentation we will focus upon the highs and lows we have faced and subsequent lessons learnt whilst populating Pure to ensure that quality data curation was achieved.  We will include the case study of why we made the decision not to synchronise with our ePrints repository and how Pure installation has led to the University implementing a single unique ID for persons within all of our disparate corporate systems.

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Does Pure play FAIR with data? Pure and the FORCE11 FAIR data principles

The FORCE11 FAIR data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) are gaining momentum in the open data & data science community. Whilst the mention of ‘FAIR’ data has been circulating in the open data environment for some time, there have been a number of recent initiatives bringing it to prominence.  Researchers are increasingly keen to demonstrate the impact of their 'FAIR' research data.  Requests from researchers to measure downloads, citations and social media mentions are increasing. Pure makes content available online and has features that enable reporting of downloads and feedback on content reuse.  This session will consider:

  1. What does FAIR mean in practice?
  2. Can FAIR be used to help engage researchers with open data and encourage use of Pure?
  3. What are the complicating factors in making data FAIR (e.g. how does it fit with GDPR, balancing ethics, privacy and openness)?
  4. What does Pure currently offer to help meet these challenges?
  5. What does Pure provide researchers in tracking data reuse?
  6. Through its functionality and these tools can Pure assist in achieving and promoting FAIR data? Should Pure do more?

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Pure in your language – understanding text resources and translations

Pure’s interface is currently available in eleven language versions, with the Portal translated into six additional languages. Keeping the interface translations up-to-date with new features and ensuring translation quality is a difficult task, but one that we are committed to continually improving!

This talk will introduce you to the nuts-and-bolts of how text in Pure is composed, translated and displayed to your users. For example, we will see how you can change the text shown locally by editing text resources, and how you can suggest improvements to the translated labels in Pure’s interface for all institutions that use your language.

We will also discuss what goes on behind the scenes as new content is translated and the newest changes to the translation workflow that aim to improve your experience with multilingual Pure.

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Funding Discovery in PURE - A Proof of Concept – (PoC: RIGHT ON)

One of the biggest challenges researchers face with respect to obtaining funding is to find the right source at the right time. Current approaches to targeted funding involve manual processing of multi-channel funding information by the user w.r.t. relevance and timeliness. Advances in PURE allow for the generation of an individual  semantic funding profile via the Elsevier Fingerprinting engine which is used to match individual funding opportunities. For this proof of concept, a PURE sandbox was created for the University of Groningen with the publications of 4 PI’s in the Medical and Life Sci. domains uploaded via Scopus. Preliminary results show that the default researcher profile can be manually adjusted in less than half an hour to the desired level of specificity by means of omission of individual weighted semantic concepts or thesauri.  The resulting volume of concept-matched funding opportunities is considered relevant and manageable. Results of the ‘currency’ and coverage for each investigator as well as recall-rate and percentage true positives will be presented. The first prelim. Results are significant as automated support of targeted funding is now in view, with product developments towards user-input driven recommender-systems on the horizon. Thus strengthening the competitiveness of all stakeholders involved.

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There and back again: a Pure administrators’ tale

Aston University and the University of Birmingham are institutions that share a city, thriving research cultures and the long term use of Pure. It has been 5 years since they implemented PURE at their respective universities and it provides a timely opportunity for reflection, celebration and sharing lessons with peers.

Paul and Karen will discuss their experiences at their individual universities and the similar, as well as the different, challenges that they have faced when establishing PURE as a key component of their research cultures.

They will, through their presentation, consider the extent to which Pure has evolved as part of the institutional research ecosystem; building collaborative relationships within and outside the institution, the challenges of working with and securing IT resource, integrating PURE with other University systems and processes and an ever changing national research assessment process.

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Listening to the voices: uWaterloo’s lessons learned about building campus buy-in

As the first Canadian university to purchase and implement Pure, the project team at the University of Waterloo has travelled on an adventurous road of highs and lows, all leading us to our Sept. 2017 launch date.

From the onset, this initiative was driven by our strategic plan, which tasked us with further advancing research excellence and impact at Waterloo. Our goal: reduce the time and effort required on administrative processes and allow our researchers to focus on their actual research.

Our project has been a collaborative effort between our library, research, IT and data departments and throughout, we have strived to involve, engage and listen to our six faculties. This presentation will review the steps we have taken and the decisions we have made to meet the needs of our research community.

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Stable currents: developing against the new Pure API

At Eindhoven University of Technology we make extensive use of the SOAP and Rest API. The former for corporate connectors, the latter for tools to improve Pure data; the Pure API export and client bulk import can be useful to overcome shortcomings in the Pure interface when it comes to moving or editing large sets of publications. The ongoing development of API tools to assist with this has given us some insight in much needed improvements of the new version. The presentation will share some of these insights and shows how to experiment with the new API.

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Rolling-out Pure: The Southampton Experience

The University of Southampton introduced Pure in February 2017. Prior to go-live, staff from Research & Innovation Services and the Library developed a comprehensive roll-out and support plan to be delivered before, during and after go-live. The plan addressed activities including:

  • A dedicated website with links to bespoke manuals and key-tasks guides.
  • ‘Depositing outputs in Pure’ and ‘Introduction to Pure’ video guides.
  • An extensive training schedule involving both lecture-based and practical sessions for academic and faculty staff as well as Pure super users.
  • Weekly drop-in sessions that continue to assist members of the University today.

With all of this still fresh in our minds we’d like to share our experiences with you, from our pre-go-live plans to our successful roll-out of Pure, including the challenges we faced and lessons learned.

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Unification vs. diversity: experiences, approaches and impacts

Over the last three years, Elsevier has done much work on the unification of different content types in Pure. So far, most major content types, save Research Output, have been unified. In this talk, an overview of the ways in which the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has dealt with these unifications will be presented, with practical tips and guidelines (and maybe a few horror stories) on how to deal with changing data models in a live Pure implementation. Additionally, our experiences with dealing with diversity in data models in the context of the Flemish Research Information Space will also be touched upon. In doing so, I will address the impact of past and upcoming unification efforts on data quality, researcher engagement and management reporting. Our final aim of this presentation is to share our experiences with other Pure users and with Elsevier, who may use this as valuable input for the upcoming unification of Research Output.

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CityU Scholars – What have we gone through?

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) officially launched its new integrated research information system, CityU Scholars, in June 2017. The presentation describes the University Management’s rationale for building the System and why Pure from Elsevier was chosen. With the source data coming from multiple silo systems owned by different stakeholders, the project team encountered challenges of different aspects during the system development process. Overcoming the initial resistance or hesitation to changes from some stakeholders, managing legacy data in terms of clean-up and mapping, designing new workflow to fit institutional needs and establishing a CityU-branded portal with unique features within a tight timeframe are the main issues. Upon the launch of CityU Scholars, getting buy-in from the researchers and providing them ongoing support in the use of the System for their own benefit and institutional needs is another mission to achieve. The presentation reviews these different challenges and reflects on the lessons learned. Feedbacks from academic units and researchers have been supportive and are useful input for further development and enhancement of the System. Being the first institution in Hong Kong using Pure, CityU is pleased to share its case of success.

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Raising the Pure profile through reporting and information reuse

Since 2012, at the University of Bath we have worked towards the goal that academics would not be asked for the information again once it has been entered into Pure. By successfully engaging with senior management and professional services staff, we have made considerable progress in raising the profile of Pure information and reporting, and are seeing increasing demand for management information. To date, we have set up more than 70 scheduled reports and more than 180 managed report definitions that are used across the university.  This approach has also helped in increasing academic engagement with Pure as colleagues see the benefits of keeping their Pure profiles up-to-date.

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Visualizing Pure data

The Libraries at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) are constantly in search of ways to open up the use of data which lies in Pure. Valuable resources are spent on getting data into Pure, and it is not necessarily the case that users utilise data in Pure to any large extent. This can be due to a variety of factors, some are local, and others are more generic. To try to remedy this, at the UCPH Faculty of Science we have been working on something we have labelled “SCI-Metrics”, which is, initially, a set of open dashboards built on Pure publication data. The initial steps are based on Tableau software.

In a recent grant from DEFF - Denmark’s Electronic Research Library- the Technical University of Denmark, University of Southern Denmark and Copenhagen University Libraries are working on a 2 year project Research Output & Impact – Analysed & Visualised”, which is investigating how research data can be analysed through visualisation. Pure data will be incorporated here as a central element of research data.

The presentation will present the arguments for a better utilisation of data in Pure, will detail the requirements for an efficient workflow for getting data out of Pure, the encountered strengths and weaknesses in Pure, the results so far, and how Pure data fits in to research data as seen by the DEFF project.

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Office hours

If you have specific questions about a feature or part of the product and would like to talk with the product manager responsible for that area, book a time slot during our office hours sessions. Each product manager is available during specific sessions, so find the right session and choose a time in that session that suits you. Paper sign-up sheets will be on the door of Sala 2. In order to ensure maximum participation during the conference, we will be closing the sign up thirty minutes before the session starts. So make sure you get your booking in before then.

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