IRIOS – Research Council Awards and Outputs

July 29, 2011

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

A report will be added to the blog soon.

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



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.

Measuring Impact Under CERIF

March 11, 2011

Dear All,

You may be interested in the MICE project looking at measuring impact under CERIF.

The Enquire project itself is now closed however we will still be blogging news from the sector and the University of Glasgow via this blog and hope to work with the MICE team to further prepare for reporting on outcomes and impact.

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.

Enquire Final Report

November 30, 2010

Here is the final report from this project.  Any questions or comments please use the comments button below or email

Enquire Final Report Enquire_final report_Nov 10

It seems that Research Council’s are working together towards standardising systems for output reporting which is very encouraging.  I expect it will take a while but will remain optimistic that we might get closer to one standard system in the longer term.

We will continue to update this blog as we further develop our processes.

Coming soon:

Comments on the ePrints Baazar event:

Comments on our recently completed internal mini-REF exercise.

Demonstration of our new Impact and Output screens – will be advertised soon for early 2011.

Working with JISC

November 16, 2010

One of the good things about JISC funding has been the value received from meeting people who have similar requirements and sharing information with them.  This has included staff who are running other JISC projects, attendees at our workshops, JISC staff, and contacts made through these people.

We have been busy with a number of bids for the latest round of calls including one investigating research clusters/themes/groups.  We have partnered with other organisations in bids for CRISPool 2 (looking at CERIF data exchange) and exchange of data with Research Council’s.  In addition our Alumni Development Office have submitted a bid for a CRM project.

I hope some of these come to fruition but if not I am still very interested in all of these topics.

Will update the blog when we hear.



Investigating Export of data to MRC System

September 14, 2010


Today I have been having a further look at how we might send data direct to RCUK system/s in future. 

I pulled a test set of data from our system for some of the entities in the MRC e-VAL exercise as it is actually a LIVE system and I personally think it is a very good place to start as a model for collecting output information.

Initial observations include:

  • ‘Further funding’ and ‘collaboration’ entities are basically the same data extract from our system.  One is working with other parties who are providing some funding and the other is working with other parties who are not providing funding.  I need to discuss further with MRC to check if they need the collaboration to include all the funding (i.e duplicate info).
  • There are a few text fields that hold several bits of info and this can be a bit awkward to store and retrieve easily.  E.g. the ‘impact’ field also asks you to explain if the work was multi-disciplinary.
  • I have been wondering how to identify ‘further funding’ that is relevant to the MRC award without having a field for this in my system as it gets a bit labour intensive – the links between pots of money could be many.  I think that most of the funding obtained by staff after an MRC award might be relevant but of couse some of it might not so how to exclude what is not relevant to the previous MRC award in any way without academics or administrators having to mark it up.
  • Wondering again about standard organisation name codes.  Both internally within GU and across other organisations we use a variety of codes for the same organisation.
  • The usual issue of terminology crops up  e.g. where MRC use project I think that = award on our system.  I have however not come across any major terminology issues with MRC e-VAL so far so should be no problems mapping once we clarify definitions.

These are initial observations and I will let you know how I get on with this over the next few weeks depending on time available to dabble with it!