Integrated Research Input and Output System (IRIOS)

February 15, 2011

You may be interested in a new JISC funded project led by Sunderland University in which the Universities of Glasgow and St Andrews are partners.

The project is looking at re-use of data from Research Council’s systems and how this might benefit HEI’s.


Event – Reporting from Institutional Systems – 28th February 2011

February 8, 2011

Register your interest now for this forthcoming event at the University of Glasgow.  The event will include an overview of ePrints functionality that we have adapted for impact and output reporting using our recent internal miniREF exercise as a testbed.

There is no cost to attendees from HE and FE institutions and affiliated organisations.

Click here to see the draft agenda:


To request a place please email
** Registration for this event is now closed**

Further details will be posted on this blog soon.

Launch of Science and Technology Facilities Council e-VAL

February 8, 2011

The following announcement was made today by STFC:

To continue demonstrating the case for investment in science, it is vital that STFC has accurate data on the outputs of our research funding. Following a successful pilot scheme, we are rolling out the e-Val system to ensure that we have a robust, repeatable method to collect this information.

We will use the e-Val system to collect data on impacts arising from grants which we fund in our core areas of Astronomy, Space science exploitation, and Particle and Nuclear Physics. We will also collect data from areas such as Facility Research and Development, Science in Society, High Performance Computing, Follow-on Funding, Innovation Partnerships, and Project Research and Development.

We have commissioned the STFC e-Val on-line system for gathering data related to the impacts from STFC-funded research. This is modelled closely on the system already in operation by MRC. At this stage, STFC e-Val and MRC e-Val exist as stand-alone systems, and it is therefore possible that a researcher with funding from both Councils would need to log into both systems. We recognise that repeated requests for information which is essentially the same, or very similar, puts a strain on resources and anticipate that in the future, a cross-Council Research Outcomes system will address this. In the meantime, we believe that alignment of the process and architecture of the two systems will at least ensure that the burden on researchers is minimised.

We have tailored our question set to reflect the nature of our businesses. The questions are focused on the following key areas:

1. Publications

2. Collaborations and Partnerships

3. Further Funding for Your Research Group

4. Next Destination and Recruitment

5. Dissemination to Non-Academic Audiences

6. Technology Development

7. Intellectual Property and Licensing

8. Spin Outs

9. Awards and Recognition

10. Knowledge and Future Potential

Following completion of a pilot study in July 2010, we are now preparing to run the system for all grants ending 2009 onwards, including those which are current. This will start later in February 2011, running for a period of 8 weeks. Data from the pilot has been retained, so that users who participated should only need to check and amend existing information. The system will be open for update for 8 weeks each year, with read-only access to the PI for the rest of the time. It will then be an annual exercise which allows each PI to review the existing data and add new information, and will run for the lifetime of the grant and for up to 5 years afterwards. In this way we will be able to build up a picture of the outputs and track progress as the grant matures. Project staff are strongly urged to complete the exercise, as failure to provide data will make it harder to capture the outputs and impacts of research.

Further information can be found at the following links: e-Val Website:

Principals of Use:

For STFC grantholders: please do not try logging in to the site until you receive instructions in a separate email. If you have any specific questions, please contact us by email at:

Workshop and Demonstration – Date for your Diary

February 7, 2011

We will be running a workshop on 28th February looking at latest developments in output and impact reporting and demonstrating code that will be freely available under ePrints as a result of the Enquire project at the University of Glasgow.

The event will run approx 10.30-3.30pm at the University of Glasgow.    There will be no cost to attendees and a lunch will be included.

An agenda will be posted here soon.

In the meantime if you want to reserve a space please email and we will send you further information.

Useful Guidance on Blogging Using WordPress

February 2, 2011

Hi All,

Here is the basic guide to blogging using WordPress courtesy of David Dougan who recently ran a short workshop for us at the University of Glasgow.

WordPress Guide