Data from Research Council Systems

June 15, 2011

Some of you may be interested in attending a workshop or commenting on a high level specification regarding making data about grants and outputs from Research Council systems available to Research Organisations.

The IRIOS project will be holding a workshop on 22nd July looking at findings from the project and practical usage of data from Research Council systems for HEI’s.

If you are interested in attending the workshop contact to book a place.

The workshop is free and will be held at Brettenham House, 5 Lancaster Place, London. WC2E 7EN   

Starting at 11.00 a.m. and finishing no later than 4.00 p.m.

Further information can be found on the following web pages:

IRIOS Functional Specification  

Can’t come to the workshop but interested in commenting?  Please comment via the IRIOS blog or contact one of the team (includes me – ) 

 We are very keen to hear from other HEI’s.


MRC e-VAL Enhancements

June 3, 2011

As some of you know I have been in regular contact with MRC about the MRC e-VAL system.  I am going to visit them in London on 21st July circa 1-3pm for a demo and discussion about the functionality of their new ‘federated’ system.

By then MRC will have completed some testing with some existing award holders from different institutions.

Of course I will want to discuss possible future world where MRC and other RC’s use a more standardised approach to collecting the data and I know there is very much a willingness to do this.

There is room for 2 or 3 others to join the discussion so if you are interested please let me know by 20th June Tel: 0141-330-2674.  Ideally you should already have used the existing MRC e-VAL system to participate in the discussion.  If there is a higher demand than spaces I will put names in a hat or some other system to allocate spaces.

Will report back from the discussions via this blog.

Specification for Outputs Available from RCUK

June 1, 2011

The Research Outcome Types, and the fields to be collected, have been finalised.  If you would like a copy, the website says you should email but I have obtained and attached a copy here RCUK_Outcome_Fields_Specification_External_Version

21/07/11 NOTE THERE MIGHT BE THINGS MISSING FROM THIS SPEC e.g. on doing a gap analysis against our internal data stores I found patent is missing from the dropdown list but should be there.  RCUK have started testing and I expect an updated spec and definitions will be available thereafter.

See the following page for updates and FAQ: