The UCT Research Portal: a head-in-the-clouds view
The way we thought it should be (mid-2011) eResearch Tab on UCT Home Page Outside View Showcase Scholarly Search Research Profiles work Experts FacilitiesLibraries Vula and MyRepository Tools My eResearch My Storage My Students My ContractsFinance My Staff My Grants My Ethics HR Research Office Inside View
The way we think it should be now (mid-2012): eResearch Tab on Showcase = Research Office Site UCT Home Page Experts Research Scholarly Resources Profiles Facilities Libraries Vula and My Repository Tools My eResearch My Storage My Students My Contracts Finance My Staff My Grants My Ethics HR Research OfficeSecure access for researchers to portal; public access to RO site
What is happening now? Phase 1, live Feb 2012Created and linked / redesigned Web pages, linked a database, established Portal site Research Facilities Libraries Vula and My Repository My eResearch Tools NOTE: we presently do not know what to use for Portal – several options exist NOTE 2: FULL implementation has to wait for UCT Web renewal
What is planned for longer term? Phase 2, live by Nov 2012Create some dynamic access links to Irma / other databases, create templated Profileswhich include “Scholarly Resources” – publication lists and other forms of publication Search Experts Research Scholarly Resources Profiles Facilities Libraries Vula and My Repository Tools My eResearch NOTE: both Scholarly Resources and Profiles require significant development and policy decisions. Eg: SR not just database output; also represents “non conventional” publications for Humanities etc – video, digitised artworks?
What requires serious integration?All modules that get information from other systems: SAP for finances, PeopleSoft forstudent information, University Office for ethics, contracts and publication counts Experts Research Scholarly Resources Profiles Facilities Libraries Vula and My Repository Tools My eResearch My Storage My Students My Contracts Finance My Staff My Grants My Ethics HR Research Office
Objective for Profiles: 1One of the key is to reduce the number of times that a UCT academic hasto provide the same information for different institutions or purposes, toone time only! The two obvious points of overlap are with NRF and theUCT Research Office.NRF:• Many/most UCT academics have registered with the NRF and have provided extensive information in the NRF online system. We suggest the following data flows between NRF and UCT:• The primary capture point for personal and contact information should be the NRF system. In general, this information from NRF would be sent to UCT after capture or update and uploaded into the Research Portal to pre-populate or update the fields in the Profile/CV database in the sections for Personal Information, Qualifications and Career Profile. To cater for those academics who have not registered with the NRF, provision must also be made for this information to be captured in the Research Portal.• The primary capture point for Scholarly Outputs should be the Research Portal, with the subset of information required by NRF being sent to them automatically. We envisage a once-off transfer of this information from NRF to UCT to get the existing “Own Contribution” text for each output object into the Research Portal database.
Objective for Profiles: 2UCT Research Office:• The Research Office prepares the UCT publication count and claim and for this purpose needs standard bibliographic information about all publications, together with the identification of which authors are affiliated to UCT. We propose that a UCT affiliation indicator should be captured against all authors in the Scholarly Outputs section of the Research Portal Profile/CV.• All new or updated Scholarly Outputs which meet the requirements for the publication count should then be automatically uploaded to IRMA.It is no longer sensible to capture any bibliographic information that is readilyavailable via a web-based system (e.g. Scopus or Web of Knowledge) or areference management system (e.g. RefWorks or EndNote). We need toimplement an automated upload mechanism utilising a standard format.Use by Faculties / University Committees (eg: URC):These bodies could make use of Profiles and Scholarly Resources information to “pull”data for specific purposes into forms to be used for academic assessment and leave,and applications for travel and research and equipment funding
Access Statistics to May 2012: Top destinations (pages being visited): 1. funding.aspx 2. referencing.aspx 3. blogroll-and-archives.aspx 4. scientific-computing.aspx 5. research-facilities.aspx 6. dataservices.aspx 7. datasets-and-collections.aspx 8. ratingassessments.aspx 9. researchresources.aspxThese are the top referrers in order:http://www.commerce.uct.ac.za/commerce/news/2012/pages/eresearch.asphttp://www.researchoffice.uct.ac.za/http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/research-help/research-support-linkshttp://www.icts.uct.ac.za/modules.phphttp://blogs.uct.ac.za/blog/research-portal-news
Most accessed resource: noteResearch Professional Africasite is a highly comprehensiveand up-to-date catalogue ofAfrica-specific fundingopportunities worldwide
Second most popular page: a collection ofbibliographic tools for management of formal andinformal publications and constructing referencelists
Increasingly popular page:access to various means ofaccurately assessing your ownor others’ publication outputs– including informal or socialmedia mentions
Collaboration tools for research: these include popular public toolslike Dropbox, as well as UCT-specific tools like Vula and Sharepoint /MESH. Video conferencing information is also available.
The UCT HPC cluster recently achieved theimpressive benchmark of 100,000 computinghours in 1 year. The support team has anexcellent record in adapting all sorts of softwareto run on the cluster and on the SA Grid.
The Research Facilitiesdatabase is a rapidly-growing interactiveregister of top-endresearch equipment andfacilities at UCT. Itprovides instant access toinformation on what isavailable, whether it canbe accessed by outsiders,and what the costs ofoperation / use are.