Pure roadmap (a preview of things to come)

Our purpose with Pure is to help you unlock the full research potential at your institution by easing the administrative burden associated with research management. We are continuously working on new features and functionalities based on community feedback and evolving market needs to ensure Pure remains up-to-date, healthy software.

Pure is focused on helping you and your university so that you can:

  • Create and maintain a complete system-of-record for all of your research  information (e.g. by making data import, capture, curation and linking in Pure smarter and easier)
  • Gain insights into your research activity and outcomes (e.g. through smarter reporting and dashboarding in Pure)
  • Optimize your research management processes (e.g. through a flexible award management process an improved user experience in Pure)

To learn more about how to use all the existing and new functionality in Pure, you can attend classes at the Pure Academy. Our New and Noteworthy release training webinars from previous Pure releases can be found on the Research Intelligence YouTube channel. Details on past releases can be found here.

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

Pure 5.11, released by February 2018

Our February 2018 release will complete our data model unification work and we will launch a networked version of Pure to serve inter-institutional use cases. We will also focus on optimizing award management and expertise fingerprinting processes.

A networked version of Pure

In February we will launch a new module that allows multiple installations of Pure to be connected.

This new networked version of Pure will serve several purposes, such as the ability to report on research being done across multiple universities, showcasing the research capabilities and outputs of multiple institutions in a region and the ability to find experts across multiple institutions.

Optimize the institutional research processes related to funding

During the February 2018 release we will revamp our Award Management module architecture to ensure Pure can adapt as your workflows change to meet new requirements. Specifically, with 5.11 the Award Management module will now include configurations for supporting roles during the life cycle of the application, award and project.

We will be improving the user experience of the different roles within the Award Management module, including the addition of a read-only role for support users who may need to report on different levels regarding the progress and financial status of an application, award or project.

We will also add the ability to comment on an application, award or project as a read-only user. This supports users who are consulted as part of the process but do not need to make changes to content. Their advice or updates become a part of the audit trail.

Strengthening Pure’s ability to identify a researcher’s expertise

We will be piloting new content additions to the fingerprint stream as part of our continued efforts to increase the accuracy of a person’s expertise fingerprint.

Inter-disciplinary research and emerging research areas will especially benefit this because these fields often produce work that is not considered in traditional citation counts.

Updated Assessment Modules

Keeping our Assessment Modules up to date

We will continue development of various assessment modules, including completion of the ERA2018 (Australia) module, and full delivery of KUOZ functionality (the Netherlands).

With the expected publication of the initial decisions on REF2021 (UK) in Autumn 2017, we will work with the Pure UK User Group to define REF development priorities going forward into 2018.

Other planned improvements

  • Hyper authorship:  We will be enhancing the Pure data model to accommodate hyper authorship so that you can better understand collaboration patterns and ensure all authors are given appropriate credit.
  • Canadian Common CV: In order to better support our Canadian user base, we will improve our Canadian Common CV template by enabling the parsing of all content types that exist in Pure to the CCV template.

Pure 5.12, released by June 2018

Our June 2018 release will deliver new functionality to make data import, capture, curation and linking much easier and automated.

Proactive, automatic scanning and import of research output

  • With a new scanning and import service, adding research output will be automated and become an embedded part of the workflow in Pure. New ways of bringing content into Pure from other data sources and keeping this content up-to-date automatically will be launched.
  • Data curation and linking will become more automated, so that you have a more consistent set of records and save time.
  • We will be enhancing the Personal User experience on the Pure Portal and releasing configuration options that allow for more customized institutional branding.
  • In this release, we will update the workflow on the Award Management module to look at more complex usage across applications, awards and projects.
  • We also plan to enable users to quickly obtain an overview of actions they need to take, and status and progress of the processes relevant to them through dashboards.
  • Beginning late 2017, we will be working with the Pure UK User Group to define the REF2021 module development requirements for 2018 based on the submission guidance available.  We expect to deliver the first major phase of development in June 2018.

Portals

  • We will be enhancing the Personal User experience on the Pure Portal and releasing configuration options that allow for more customized institutional branding.

Award Management

  • In this release, we will update the workflow on the Award Management module to look at more complex usage across applications, awards and projects.
  • We also plan to enable users to quickly obtain an overview of actions they need to take, and status and progress of the processes relevant to them through dashboards.

Assessment Module updates

  • Beginning late 2017, we will be working with the Pure UK User Group to define the REF2021 module development requirements for 2018 based on the submission guidance available.  We expect to deliver the first major phase of development in June 2018.