The Institutional Web Site and the Institutional Repository: Addressing Challenges of Integration [A4]


Where are university websites hiding all their research? asked Claire Shaw in the Guardian back in January. The answer, perhaps, is that it is in the institutional repository and while repository managers might invest time on SEO techniques to ensure results are included in Google Scholar, for example, there is still a need to liaise more closely with institutional web teams to ensure that repositories are better embedded in the University web site, with bibliographic data feeds on staff profiles, for example, or research centre pages. Technically this is not necessarily difficult to achieve and most repositories will output RSS or other XML based formats which can be embedded elsewhere; examples of this approach include the Open University Open Research Online (e.g. see this example) and Glasgow University’s Enlighten (e.g. see this example).

In addition, commercial research management software and “CRIS” (Atira Pure, Converis, Symplectic) are increasingly supplementing or even replacing repositories and offer sophisticated APIs to generate data feeds (an example of this approach is Symplectic at Leeds Metropolitan University – see this example). In addition, Open Source software like VIVO offer the possibility of data visualisations (see this example at Bournemouth University). Data can also be leveraged from 3rd party APIs including bibliometrics from Web of Science and Scopus or Altmetrics.

This workshop will consider some of the issues in embedding research data in an institutional web site including underlying software and infrastructure and communication.

Facilitators: Nick Sheppard, Leeds Metropolitan University and Stephanie Taylor, UKOLN