Pure Roadmap

The Pure development team are continuously adding new features and functionality to Pure based on our customer feedback and to meet evolving or changing market requirements. The introduction of the Faculty and Academic Activity Reporting functionality is an example of direct customer feedback.

Below is a preview of the things to come in Pure.

Please note that as with all roadmaps, the features and timings may change.

Faculty and Academic Activity Reporting made easier

As part of the faculty activity launch, we are developing a template builder based on customer feedback. This template will make it easier to build multiple, repeatable reports that meet your university’s unique needs, whether they are around understanding scholarly output or highlighting teaching activities. Templates can be assigned to specific organizational units within the university so you don’t have to use the same reporting criteria for the music department as you do for the physics department.

After a report template is assigned to an organizational unit, academics can see the report template to see which activities the university is most interested in measuring for their academic area.

How the new FAAR templates work for you:

  • Making report templates public means more openness around reporting. Academics know what administration is prioritizing.
  • Building your own templates means you can report on what matters to you.
  • Each organizational unit can have a custom template that is designed to showcase what is relevant for that discipline.

Mendeley Data Integration

More data sourcesCapturing, storing, sharing and reporting on research data set plays an increasingly important role in research information management. For Pure 5.8, we plan to integrate Mendeley Data, a tool researchers use to store their work, with Pure so that research data metadata will be more easily accessible.

Combining Mendeley Data with Pure in a seamless integration will provide a shared solution that will serve the needs of both researchers and research administrators. Datasets created in Mendeley Data by researchers will automatically appear in Pure and assigned to persons whenever possible. Our goal is to provide fully automated synchronization of Mendeley Data into Pure, allowing you to report, ensure compliance and showcase.

Reporting Module Redesign Beta release

Reporting Module Redesign Beta release

Being able to run reports is a primary use case for Pure, and running a report should be as easy as using a spreadsheet. We’ve spent the last year gathering feedback around the current reporting module and looking at ways to make it more intuitive.  The feedback from our user community means that the redesigned reporting module is designed in order to help you create data stories that are more accurate, complete and engaging.

How the updated data model works for you:

  • You can quickly show data behind a report with just a few clicks, which will save you time and revision rounds. If a stakeholder has questions about the source data or wants to better understand how you arrived at a specific insight, you can quickly view the primary data in Pure immediately.
  • We are linking the data in the report directly to the underlying content. This makes it easier for you to drill down to source data and answer questions from your stakeholders.
  • Sharing reports will be easier. Instead of downloading reports in an offline format like Excel or PDF and then attaching them to an email, you can now share a private link directly from Pure. Downloading to these formats will still be possible, but not the only option for you. The recipient doesn’t have to have access to your Pure system to see the report, only to view the underlying data, so this feature will work with any stakeholder inside or outside the institution.
  • Because advanced reporting will be easier, you will be able to provide more powerful insights to the campus community allowing everyone the proper permissions to make data driven decisions, not just senior administration.

The new reporting module will be released as a beta version in parallel with the existing report module. It will be available to all customers who currently have the report module so you can play with it without interrupting your current workflow.

Our goal is to make reporting in Pure unobtrusive, understandable, predictable — and fun to use!


New web service

Unifying the research data model Pure is seen as the single source of trusted data on campus, and our web service tools have always made moving your data into other campus systems possible. But as we expand the global customer base and the uses for Pure, we wanted to ensure our web service kept up with the ways it is being used.  The changes we’re planning for the Pure web service fall within a number of different themes:

Use cases

The primary use case for the Pure web service is to be able to reuse data that is gathered in Pure. This would typically either be on other web sites, such as department pages or in other IT systems, such as for BI reporting.

To make it easier to use Pure’s web service for these use cases, we plan to make three primary updates:

  • Introduce a simpler and more consistent query interface. This change will be most prominent for the users of the REST web service.
  • Introduce an easier-to-understand output format. While with the current format you can get pretty much all of the different data fields from Pure, it can be pretty hard to read and understand. We will aim to make a new format that is easier to understand while at the same time still complete.
  • Introduce a JSON format to specifically cater for reuse of Pure data in web sites.

Improved documentation

Making the Pure web service easy to use for developers is a key objective, and we plan to use principles of empathic API design, e.g. Swagger.io. This will also result in a complete overhaul in the documentation accompanying the web service.

Access control & security

The Pure web service delivers many different types of data and often has many different types of clients. With the new Pure web service, it will be possible to control which parts of the Pure data model each authenticated web service user can access so you can protect confidential data.

Release plans

The new version of the Pure web service that will be released in June 2017 will not be backwards compatible with the current version of the Pure web service. The current version of the web service will, however, be supported until June 2018 in order to allow a controlled transition to the new web service.


Updated equipment / Core facilities data model

Updated equipment / Core facilities data modelIn our continued work on updating data models, we have started looking at the best ways to store equipment data in Pure and showcase it via the Pure Portals. Based on community feedback, we will update/extend the data model to further enable customers to use Pure to showcase and share resources, and to demonstrate the research outcomes of investment in facilities.

The new equipment model will be available to all customers as part of the administration module. For those who already have the equipment model, this means improvements to where your existing data is kept. For those without the equipment model, this release will give you access.

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