Research Outcomes – Mapping For Data Re-Use

September 23, 2011

Hi All,

Attached is a document containing a high level mapping that is my work in progress for output and impact management.

The document ‘is’ the RCUK template but on the groups tab I have added some columns and started to map to other requirements such as Research Excellence Framework and Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey.

I will also be searching for ‘standard’ or potential suitable CERIF code for each sub-level 2 entity.  We have been working on standard code for people, projects, publications and organisations in our recent collaborative JISC projects and are now working towards CERIF compatible metadata for other entities.  We will be doing a search e.g. via review of OPENAIRE resources.

I’d welcome any comment if anyone knows of any existing standards for any of the entities or otherwise wishes to discuss or share ideas.


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Efficiency of RCUK Outcomes System

September 15, 2011

I am attending the PURE UK User Group today to discuss the forthcoming launch of the RCUK Outcomes System. 

Dale Heenan and Helen Meade gave an overview of the current status of the project noting EPSRC, AHRC, BBSRC, and ESRC awards holder outcomes will be included from launch.

NERC have thier own system but expect them to review the situation and may join in the standard offering within a year.

MRC and STFC have e-VAL.

For the short term 4 systems will exist though the aspiration is that within 3-5 years all RC’s will share one outcomes reporting system.

The biggest concern is that we cannot bulk upload from research organisation systems.  It would be useful to have this live when the system goes live to avoid unnecessary duplicate data entry and data cleansing and checking.  RCUK are working with HEI’s on this but the timeframe is currently expected to be after go live so there is an issue.

Late October HEI’s will be given administrative access with go live planned for mid November.





RCUK Outcomes System – Comments

September 14, 2011

Attached my high level comments from my RCUK Outcomes System testing.  Template is as supplied by RCUK.

Will be discussing with peers from the PURE UK User Group tomorrow and will report back any interesting points.

RCUK Outcomes System – Observations