July 17, 2012

I understand the new STFC version of e-VAL whilst being broadly similar to MRC e-VAL (without the specific medical questions) will include a bulk upload facility – hurrah!  This will be for publications initially but they are aware that we’d like it for other output types so there is a plan.  I am looking forward to testing.

I’m also discussing how we might most efficiently synchronise output information so that STFC do not end up with metadata that differs to what we have on our systems – trickier and we don’t know all the answers yet but the dialogue is open.



Research Information Management – Sharing Ideas

June 11, 2012

Last week William Nixon gave an over view of research information management at the University of Glasgow to the Digital Curation Centre roadshow in Belfast. This included an overview of IRIOS2 as well as other projects. The slides can be seen at:



Research Outcomes (ROS) Issues

March 13, 2012

Hello All,

Attached is a list of our key current issues in providing research outcomes to the RCUK Research Outcomes System (ROS).

We had a telephone conference with RCUK representatives  and we hope that a number of these will be resolved by improved communications planning.

I will revisit in a few weeks to see if some of these have been resolved.

Issues Log

The Great Big Research System?

March 5, 2012

You may be interested in the post regarding aggregation of research findings information at:

NERC Join the Research Outcomes System

February 13, 2012

I heard from various sources today that outcomes from NERC funding will be added to the RCUK shared outcomes system from 2013.

Non-Publications Outputs

February 8, 2012

I just sent this email to the RCUK Outcomes Team and hopefully will be able to progress preparations for bulk upload of non-publications data.

I have got a file that we ran back in Nov for items that cover broadly:

1) Further funding

2) Collaboration/partnership

3) IP and Exploitation – licence is a clear award type on our system, spin-outs possibly defined by certain types of agreement e.g. company formation, articles of association

We have distinct award types that map well I think to:

Sale of Physical Goods

Consultancy Projects

Provision of Facilities

Contract Research (note we’d have included this in further funding)

Provision of Training

Our internal categorisation is different but broadly could be mapped I think to RCUK preferences. 

Our high level mapping is available at:

We need clarification/method for managing collaboration/partnership e.g. is this solely for items that are not funded e.g. agreements rather than further funding which also has collaborations attached

I’d really like to try bulk uploading some of this to RCUK or providing it to someone who can do that and perhaps discuss a few of the issues so that we can be prepared to provide this tranche of information.



Other Research Outputs


We hope most of this will come from our repository along with the publication data.

Staff development – resides in our HR System and we still have some concerns about narrative but perhaps when we can we can provide a test for this data too?

Would it be any help to RCUK if I sent through some of the data we have on 1-3 above for comment?  I think it would be helpful to HEI’s to be able to explore this with RCUK as soon as possible as they are having to design systems and reports to supply the data.

Research Outputs Discussion Group

November 23, 2011

You may be interested in the more generic research outcomes discussion notes on our IRIOS2 blog: