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.
Data model updates
Investing in the Pure future
As part of our commitment to customers, we are enhancing the Pure data model so it will be more flexible and support more content types.
Improved data models for activities, prizes, and media mentions
In October, Pure’s activity model will add new features and more flexibility. This new release will make it possible to change the type and template of activities, add more than one person to an activity, and add to specified types of activities with a customizable field containing selectable categories.
On top of this, we will add a new content type to capture esteem measures like Nobel prizes and Professor of the Year awards.
How the updated data model works for you::
- With a new prize content type esteem measures will be more prominent. This is important since an awarded prize or honorary award remains relevant as a researcher achievement for many years.
- With a consolidated media content (main stream press mentions) type, we provide coherent showcasing and easy evaluation of all media activities whether they be active contributions or passive mentions in the media.
- The updated activity model will have more concise and to-the-point templates which will guide the researcher when recording activities.
- Updating the data model supports Pure’s plans for the future, so we can support new use cases and reporting requirements as soon as they are issued.
Newsflo integration: Demonstrate societal understanding of research
In October, Pure will be able to automatically import media mentions in English language newspapers, magazines, online media and trade publications based on a feed from LexisNexis with author disambiguation from Elsevier’s Newsflo. The media mentions will be attributed to the researcher and aggregated based on organization unit hierarchy in Pure.
Media mentioning is related to individual academics but due to organization hierarchy in Pure, you will be able to obtain reliable and trustworthy aggregated data.
More data sources: Easily import the data that matters to you
No one likes doing data entry. And with Pure 5.7, we let you import sources like Ebsco so you can have more complete researcher profiles without all the hassle.
Faculty and Academic Activity Reporting (FAAR) template builder
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.
Unifying the research data model: Simplifying the way Pure stores data
Right now, different Pure customers may have differences in the way they handle data. When we were small, this worked. But as we grow we need think about how to serve the world of research management in a way we can continue to support.
With the February 2017 release, we will be making modifications to the research data model. You might not notice the changes, but hopefully you’ll notice the improvement in service!
Updated equipment / Core facilities data model
In our continued work on updating data models, we have started looking at the best ways to store equipment data in Pure and showcasing 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.
New web service
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:
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 can get pretty much all 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 being complete.
- Introduce a JSON format to specifically cater for reuse of Pure data in web sites.
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.
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.