UWE is implementing a new Project Information and Management System (PIMS) and the first stage is the Research Repository. We will be moving from the old repository, hosted on EPrints, to a new Research Repository. The new repository will be launching on the 23rd of July.
As part of the switchover process we will be switching the EPrints Research Repository to read-only mode on the 15th of July. Users will not be able to deposit any outputs or make any changes after this date. Users will be able to resume depositing outputs to the new repository when it launches.
We will keep posting updates about the project over the next few weeks as it progresses, including our forthcoming new email address and any important announcements.
For more information you can still contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (for now!)
In September 2018 we had a team away day where we looked at some of the games that have been developed to teach about research and open access. One that we played was The Game of Open Access which was created by the University of Huddersfield, and which is available under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC to be precise.) We liked how simple the game was to play, so we decided to adapt it to use at UWE.
This post is based on a presentation from a recent development afternoon about open access, led by the Library Research Support team. Part of this afternoon was demonstrating some of the tools that are available to help locate open access papers – something our colleagues found very interesting.
The Research Repository and Research Data Repository will be switched off for 24 hours this Wednesday, the 12th of December. This is to allow for essential maintenance and upgrade work to EPrints, the repository software. The repositories will be back online on Thursday the 13th of December, with no significant changes. Users will not be able to upload items to, or download items from, either repository during this time. The Repository team will also be unable to edit any records during the downtime.
Due to this, and future planned update work, the team are introducing some changes to existing practice that may affect you.
What you need to know:
Review times will be longer and we will prioritise items that need to comply with the REF policy
You will now need to inform us when an in press item that you have uploaded to the repository has been published. We will not be checking this on your behalf.
We will only send one email to authors whose REF eligible items are not compliant with the policy, rather than multiple emails.
For more details on the changes, or the repository downtime, please contact the repository team (email@example.com).
The Research Support team will be out of the office on Wednesday but will answer any queries on Thursday the 13th of December.
We (obviously) love to use open access resources so we are always on the lookout for public domain or creative commons licensed resources. These are the ones that we use most often:
CC Search for images can be used to search several sites at once in order to find creative commons licensed material.
You can also use the original CC Search to search sites individually (like Flickr) or to search for other types of material, like music or videos.
Keep an eye out for website licenses and re-use statements. For example xkcd comics are licensed under a creative commons license – CC BY-NC 2.5 to be precise – meaning we can use them on our blog and in presentations. Which we do, frequently.
The Repository isn’t just a tool for the REF! As well as journal articles, we have a variety of different items types, such as videos, musical compositions, and artist’s books. The poster below shows the most frequently downloaded item, for a variety of different item types, this year (January – September 2018). You can access the repository records by clicking on the poster below, and then clicking on the individual hyperlinks.