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UKOLN is supported  by: CERIF UK landscape euroCRIS membership meeting Lille 2-3 November 2011 Rosemary Russell, UKOLN, Un...
JISC Innovation Support Centre at UKOLN <ul><li>Includes provision of support for JISC Research Information Management Pro...
CERIF UK ‘landscape’ study <ul><li>Aim is to document the extent of adoption and engagement with CERIF in UK HE institutio...
Areas of CERIF use <ul><li>CRIS implementations </li></ul><ul><li>JISC projects  </li></ul><ul><li>Funders… </li></ul><ul>...
CERIF CRIS use in UK HE <ul><li>Lots of CERIF CRIS procurement in last year - some are in early stages of implementation <...
Progress to date <ul><li>7 interviews carried out  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 Pure, 2 CONVERIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pla...
Interview questions <ul><li>Asked them about eg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>current state of deployment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Some observations so far… <ul><li>Experience of CERIF mediated by CRIS software used </li></ul><ul><li>Shielded from CERIF...
Lack of engagement <ul><li>“ CERIF does come up from time to time” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Worried that lack of expertise in C...
How does understanding of CERIF help? <ul><li>“ I think it helps to have a broad understanding of the CERIF model so you u...
Integration with repository <ul><li>All institutions have integrated their CRIS with the existing IR – one exception </li>...
Getting buy-in from staff… <ul><li>“ Politically challenging” </li></ul><ul><li>“ A lot of top-down support in the Univers...
UKOLN RIM resources <ul><li>http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/rim/ </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape study due 16 December… </li></ul>
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CERIF UK landscape (euroCRIS presentation)

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CERIF UK landscape (euroCRIS presentation)

  1. 1. UKOLN is supported by: CERIF UK landscape euroCRIS membership meeting Lille 2-3 November 2011 Rosemary Russell, UKOLN, University of Bath
  2. 2. JISC Innovation Support Centre at UKOLN <ul><li>Includes provision of support for JISC Research Information Management Programme eg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>supporting documentation for JISC Calls for proposals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CERIF resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>project synthesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ landscape’ studies </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. CERIF UK ‘landscape’ study <ul><li>Aim is to document the extent of adoption and engagement with CERIF in UK HE institutions and related organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat in one year to reveal how much things have moved on… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>help to assess impact of JISC RIM programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>influence future programme planning </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Areas of CERIF use <ul><li>CRIS implementations </li></ul><ul><li>JISC projects </li></ul><ul><li>Funders… </li></ul><ul><li>Publishers </li></ul><ul><li>Focus here mainly on institutional use – ie via a commercial CRIS software platform </li></ul><ul><li>Existing UKOLN documents cover other areas </li></ul>
  5. 5. CERIF CRIS use in UK HE <ul><li>Lots of CERIF CRIS procurement in last year - some are in early stages of implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Pure (Atira) - 17 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>St Andrews, Aberdeen, York, Royal Holloway, Strathclyde, Hertfordshire, Lancaster, Aston, Institute of Education, London, Dundee, Heriot-Watt, Glasgow Caledonian, King’s College London, Edinburgh, University of the Highlands and Islands, Bath, Queen's University Belfast </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CONVERIS (AVEDAS) - 5 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cranfield, Hull, Stirling, MRC Oxfordshire Regional Centre, Brighton </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Symplectic Elements (Symplectic) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eg Brunel, Imperial, Queen Mary, Leeds… </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Progress to date <ul><li>7 interviews carried out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 Pure, 2 CONVERIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>plan to cover majority of institutions with CERIF CRIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>exception - some very recent procurements which haven’t yet deployed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>most keen to be involved! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focused so far mainly on institutions not involved in JISC projects – those we know less about </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewee – ‘CRIS project manager’ – based in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Office (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library/Info Services (4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT Department (1) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Interview questions <ul><li>Asked them about eg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>current state of deployment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>integration with existing systems – mapping issues etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how has CRIS been received? staff views </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>experience of CERIF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>data model </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>user group activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>liaison with euroCRIS </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Some observations so far… <ul><li>Experience of CERIF mediated by CRIS software used </li></ul><ul><li>Shielded from CERIF </li></ul><ul><li>Most have a basic understanding – some more </li></ul><ul><li>Little direct engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Unless essential, people don’t have time to investigate CERIF </li></ul><ul><ul><li>only institutions undertaking development projects get properly engaged with CERIF </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People rely on CERIF expertise in user groups </li></ul><ul><li>CERIF viewed as an insurance </li></ul><ul><li>CRIS seen as middleware – intermediary between institutional systems </li></ul>
  9. 9. Lack of engagement <ul><li>“ CERIF does come up from time to time” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Worried that lack of expertise in CERIF will hinder us” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Focus very much on REF with CONVERIS so far” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Don’t care at all about CERIF – although we specified CERIF, it’s more as a proxy for QA… A lot more complex than our needs… </li></ul><ul><li>“ Provides an insurance that if we need to switch to another system, data can be reused. It doesn’t matter what the standard is” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We licenced the software so we don’t have to worry about CERIF ourselves – someone else does it for us” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Reassured by CERIF knowledge within UK user group” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Depend on Anna…” </li></ul>
  10. 10. How does understanding of CERIF help? <ul><li>“ I think it helps to have a broad understanding of the CERIF model so you understand how the content types relate to each other, and to understand some of the concepts introduced by the system” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Helps understand what’s possible and what’s not” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Understanding how eg projects work in CERIF - stopped us going in wrong direction” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Having a concept of CERIF helps when explaining to other people eg academics why things work in a certain way ” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Integration with repository <ul><li>All institutions have integrated their CRIS with the existing IR – one exception </li></ul><ul><ul><li>said mapping overhead was too great </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Our repository has benefited through integration with the CRIS” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Need to be pragmatic – focus on what we can do rather than what we did in past…” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Getting buy-in from staff… <ul><li>“ Politically challenging” </li></ul><ul><li>“ A lot of top-down support in the University – would have struggled otherwise” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Managing expectations” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Bringing together data from individual fiefdoms is tricky” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Buy-in varies across disciplines” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Some academics still not updating records” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tends to be an initial flurry of activity, then leave it or forget” </li></ul><ul><li>“ People won over by seeing everything can be kept in one place” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The CRIS is becoming so important to academics that they get shirty when they think it’s not working properly – usually because they’ve forgotten how to use it!” </li></ul>
  13. 13. UKOLN RIM resources <ul><li>http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/rim/ </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape study due 16 December… </li></ul>

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