Pure Roadmap 2019

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)

A preview of things to come

Intelligent Data

  • Data quality: Quality of data is of paramount importance in Pure. Our focus is on improving the quality of data already in Pure, and coming in to Pure, by ensuring data is complete, correct, inter-connected and current. 2019 will see the introduction and improvement of features designed to improve data quality.
  • Personal User Homepage: In early 2019 we rolled out the redesigned personal user homepage – throughout 2019 we will be rolling out more updates and components for this page and will start rolling out the redesign on the editing framework. The aim of the redesign is to make it more intuitive for researchers and power users to be able to add and edit content in Pure.
  • Data model improvements around Authorship: 2019 also brings in enhancements to the underlying data model of authors, beginning with addressing issues of authorships, specifically how corresponding-, group- and hyper-authorships are treated.

Driving Insights

  • New Reporting Module: In 2019, we will continue to update the reporting module to guarantee the ability of users to access and use the data in Pure to gain insights into your institution's research activity and outcomes. Functionality that we will focus on in 2019 will include:
    • Offering both aggregate and detailed views on your data
    • Ability to report on all Pure content types
    • Filtering and aggregation strategies
    • Sharing and scheduling reports
  • National Assessments: Throughout 2019, we will continue to develop assessment modules based on submission criteria from the relevant government bodies and user group feedback, with a focus on UK REF2021 functionality. We are also working on support for the KDSF assessment in Germany.
  • PlumX integrations: We will continue to improve on the integration with PlumX, towards being able to obtain alternative metrics on the full body of work in Pure and to improve how these metrics are exposed on Pure Portal.

Optimize researcher support

  • Business process fit: We will be focusing on enhancing the fit to our clients’ pre- and post-award processes, e.g. by facilitating the co-management of applications for grants, awarded grants and projects in general.
  • Federated Search: 2019 will see vast improvements on how users can access the depth and breadth of the import sources available to them when searching for content to include in Pure. Federated search will surface the best available metadata related to content, in turn improving the quality of data in a user’s portfolio.

Networked research

  • Interoperability: We continue to support standards to facilitate the exchange of data with the goal of helping customers create a complete and high-quality system of record which can be used in downstream processes. We continue to work with euroCRIS on support for CERIF XML, and also with multiple other organizations on national levels to ensure customers comply with data format needs, e.g. support for FECYT. We also look to increase the number of content sources that we integrate with, e.g. integration with PMC (PubMed Central) and Jisc Publications Router.
  • Improving researcher and institution discoverability and visibility: Based on the main use cases that we serve we are making it easier to contact researchers and engage with institutions. This includes work on SEO and support for multimedia content. It also includes better support for institutional branding needs.

Strong Foundation

The stability and performance of our system is a top priority, and we develop Pure with this always in mind. We are further strengthening the Pure backend while working on a longer-term update of our architecture, building in a service layer. As part of our maintenance over the next period, we will be consolidating previously-released work on the synchronization framework and have started work on the ability to write data into Pure through the web services.

We will be working heavily on updating the Pure Portal architecture over the next year. We want to facilitate more agile Portal development, so we can deliver more dynamic, lower maintenance Pure Portals. We are driving to increase visitor engagement with your Portal and to make it easier to promote your institution’s research and brand.