How they do this in the U.S.

October 25, 2011

A very nice article here that sums up a similar process to RCUK Outcomes collection across the pond.

 

http://fundermental.blogspot.com/2011/10/automatic-for-people.html


CERIF for Datasets (C4D) Project

October 6, 2011

Just started a new project with colleagues from other HEI’s and Research Council’s.  This one is looking at datasets specifically and how we might meet funder requirements in making these public.

See the blog at:

http://cerif4datasets.wordpress.com/


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


RCUK Outcomes System Testing

August 17, 2011

Hi All,

Just started doing some testing of the RCUK outcomes system.  Some initial thoughts that will be included in my feedback to RCUK and I expect they will publish a summary of feedback and future plans:

  • Bulk upload is only currently available per award and only for outcome types publication and conference so this is very limited use
  • Online definitions require a bit of rooting about to determine where certain information should go and there is potential overlap
  • Concern over staff development data – people might inadvertently fill in something that is inaccurate or inappropriate – I am seeking advice from our HR department

I will look forward to moving towards an efficient solution to this requirement.  At present I am not sure how we will minimise burden on staff and ensure useful information is provided to Research Council’s but thought process and discussion is on-going.

 


IRIOS – Research Council Awards and Outputs

July 29, 2011

The presentations from the recent IRIOS event and demonstration are available on the blog:

http://www.irios.sunderland.ac.uk/

http://www.irios.sunderland.ac.uk/index.cfm/2011/7/28/IRIOS-Workshop-Presentations

A report will be added to the blog soon.

You can also try the demonstrator yourself via the blog entry:

http://www.irios.sunderland.ac.uk/index.cfm/2011/7/22/IRIOS-Demonstrator

 


Update on RCUK Outcomes Collection

July 21, 2011

I understand that RCUK have started user acceptance testing (internal at RCUK) this week and intend to approach research organisations to do some testing in a few weeks and a pilot circa September.

Initially HEI’s will need to think about reporting of outputs that are mandated e.g. publications but the other outputs will be visible so staff will be able to enter them and we will need to be able to manage this.

On updating my gap analysis against our internal data I noticed the spec was missing patents which is meant to be on there so there may be a few other corrections to be done.  I expect an updated version and definitions will be available once the testing is complete and I will share my gap analysis once I have reviewed the updated version.

https://researchoutcomes.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/specification-for-outputs-available-from-rcuk/

RCUK representatives will be presenting at our IRIOS London event tomorrow  and I will update this blog with any significant news.

https://researchoutcomes.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/data-from-research-council-systems/