Our favourite open access resources

Open Access Week 2018

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.
  • I use A guide to the best free sites for CC0 art and stock photography, a blog post by Ned Potter, every time I need to find stock photos. This is also a list of museums and galleries that have made their collections open access, in case you are looking for art, sculpture, or illustrations.

Failing all that, you can always make your own!


Most frequently downloaded Repository items this year!

Open Access Week 2018

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.


Open Access Week 2018

Open Access Week 2018

It’s that time of year again – Open Access Week 2018 is here (22-28 October). If you are new to open access, or want to brush up on your knowledge, now is the perfect time to do so!

Spotlight: AMHARC


Today’s spotlight, AMHARC, is a creative work by Teresa Dillon. The piece is made from recycled cardboard, recycled tetra pak, and ultraviolet paint, and calls on images of CCTV cameras, anti-bird spikes, and anti-bird gels.

AMHARC (pronounced arc) is a call to recognise the non-human affects surveillance architectures have on other creature’s habits and ecologies.

You can view the sculpture on the Research Repository, along with a description from Teresa about the influences and intentions of the creative work.

UWE campus visits


The Library Research Support team is based at Frenchay campus. We make monthly visits to other campuses, and can travel over by request as well.

The monthly visits are an opportunity for researchers and PGRs to drop in with any questions about the REF 2021 policy, data preservation, the UWE repositories, open access publishing and funding, and much more. If you prefer, we can also arrange for appointments in advance – just contact us to arrange a time.

Glenside campusAnna is based in Glenside library on the first Thursday of each month. Enquire at the library helpdesk for more information.

City campusCharley is based at Bower Ashton campus on the last Thursday of each month. She can be found in the open learning zone opposite Traders.




Highlighting thesis downloads

We pulled together a report recently to look at downloads of theses from the Research Repository. The statistics package built into the repository does not allow us to filter by item type – fortunately IRUS-UK has a report just for theses!

We measured download figures from June 2013 (when IRUS began recording UWE download information) to August 2018 (the most recent information available at the time of the report.) Here are the highlights:

  • There are 437 theses that have been downloaded at least once (i.e. they show on the report)
  • The total download figure for theses in that time period was 169,132
  • There are 32 theses that have been downloaded over 1,000 times
  • There are 5 theses that have been downloaded over 4,000 times
  • The most downloaded thesis is from 2015 and has 14,571 downloads

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New banner!


Presenting our new team banner! You may remember that Charley got roped into posing for the banner photograph – here is the final result.

What you see in the picture is actually the mini version of the banner – we have both a large version and this conveniently travel sized tabletop version. Charley will be making use of the tabletop banner during her monthly visits to Bower Ashton campus (re-starting tomorrow, the 27th of September) and we will unfurl the larger banner at our drop-in sessions at Frenchay campus.

So now you know what to look for, if you see the banner come over and say hello!