Pure Roadmap 2020

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.

We’ve broken the task of unlocking research potential down into the actions of being able to:

  • Draw top researchers and collaborations;
  • Successfully run more research through being able to find and obtain more funding, and;
  • Draw the top research ideas and projects to the institution.

We feel that this is realized through the ability to demonstrate and manage the institution’s reputation which includes the ability to:

  • Be known and found for the expertise at the institution;
  • Demonstrate the impact of funding received, and;
  • Have a presence in specific research fields.

Our product and product development are structured according to these principles and realizes in the following focus areas:

High Quality Data (5Cs)

We believe that the only way to build a good reputation, build your best narrative, gain insights and improve is to have high quality data that can be trusted and used as the basis. Therefore, high quality data is at the core of what we do at Pure. We’ve broken the word quality down into the 5Cs. Quality data is:

  1. Complete
  2. Correct
  3. Connected
  4. Current
  5. Compliant

In the year 2020 we will continue to invest in tooling to support research administrators and librarians in ensuring high quality data in the following areas:

  1. Addition of new data sources such as DBLP for the computer science field, and an integration with the Elsevier offering for finding and importing awarded grants data into Pure.
  2. Expansion of ability to record and use metrics on content level, including expansion of the metrics stored, top percentage cited articles and fractional counting of articles.
  3. Towards our commitment and support of open access we will also be expanding the support for APC and license data on research output and looking at adding a data source such as Unpaywall and/or COAR.
  4. Expanded workflow capability to facilitate clients in modeling and running processes that connects systems and related processes to give the Administrator an operational hub – allowing them to fulfill the institutional needs of optimizing ability to get funds, to manage research process and to engage researchers.

Build your narrative

Our clients use the high-quality and curated research information in Pure to build their narrative as an institution, department, faculty, school, project or individual researcher. We continue to build out functionality that allows them the freedom to use the content to build narratives from different vantage points due to the connected nature of the underlying data.

In 2020 we will be focusing on ensuring that our users are able to access and combine the data to be able to create and share the narrative they need to tell. Some of the work planned:

  1. Completion and delivery of the REF 2021 module for UK clients. This module is specifically designed for UK customers to be able to select content that meets the needs of the assessment, combine as per the REF specifications and submit their best narrative to the Research England.
  2. Addition of roll-up aggregation, advanced filtering and export formats to the beta version of the redesigned reporting module. This will give users even more freedom to create the correct and appropriate narrative for viewers and users of the reports and make it possible to use report content to feed into other systems.

Tell your research stories

The wealth of content and the curated and interconnected nature of it allows customers (on institution level as well as individual level) to present the most complete picture of their expertise. We will be redesigning our Pure Portal offering to enable users to have higher degrees of control and freedom in highlighting their expertise and drawing visitors in to connect, engage and collaborate. The redesign will be realized increments and in 2020 we will be focusing on the following areas:

  1. Ability to highlight and showcase expertise with the use of multimedia on different areas in the portal. This allows users to draw attention to work that they wish to highlight and to incorporate corporate branding.
  2. Update to the navigation of visitors through search results to help them find and discover more and other types of results, such as equipment, projects and research output through the use of filters based in the attributes of the search result set.
  3. Ability to showcase key strengths or research concepts in which the institution has a presence, using the Elsevier Fingerprinting technology to create research expertise pages that help to showcase the extent, through the range of connected content that highlight all of the researchers, achievements, projects and impact that institution has had on a specific field.
  4. Addition of calls to action to lead the visitor to engage with the portal and take an action to connect to, for example, a person, project or department. Including actions such as follow this team, department or researcher.
  5. Ability to showcase latest research and noteworthy updates towards drawing the attention of the visitor.

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