Bringing a buzz to Nectar


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Set in the context of a well established repository at a typical „new‟ university, the proposed project will implement a number of the best existing repository tools and services to gain efficiencies in research workflows, improve the repository interface, meet obligations for sharing theses via EThOS and contribute to the institution‟s preparation for the forthcoming REF. Promotion, training and advocacy focused on the new services will encourage researchers to engage further with NECTAR, resulting in increasing numbers of deposits and a newly invigorated repository service – one with plenty of buzz!

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Bringing a buzz to Nectar

  1. 1. Bringing a buzz to NECTAR: Encouraging take up and embedding through new repository services <br />Miggie Pickton<br />UKCoRR Meeting, University of Salford<br />25th February 2011<br />
  2. 2. Context for the project<br />Well established (since 2007/8) repository at a ‘new’ university<br />Currently successful in research reporting but less so in providing open access to full text<br />Highly mediated service is proving difficult to sustain<br />Mandate for electronic submission of theses is about to take effect<br />Like everyone else, we’re wondering how we can best support the REF <br />
  3. 3. Project objectives<br />To modify university procedures for submission to NECTAR increase researcher involvement, encourage the deposit of full content and further embed NECTAR in researcher workflows. <br />To implement technical and procedural changes as necessary to ensure NECTAR is compatible with the requirements of the British Library’s EThOS service.<br />To implement technical and procedural solutions (when available) to ensure NECTAR is ready to support the Research Excellence Framework (REF).<br />Through implementation of the EprintsKulturplugin and rebranding of the repository interface, to better display the creative research outputs of the institution and to visually embed NECTAR within The University of Northampton’s new university website.<br />
  4. 4. Project objectives<br />To implement the sector’s best ideas for new ‘added value’ services from NECTAR (e.g. personal bibliographies on staff profile pages) to increased the perceived benefit of NECTAR.<br />To provide a programme of appropriate training, advocacy and promotional activity to support the changes described above.<br />To collaborate with colleagues in the Repositories Support Project (RSP) and UKCoRR to ensure that best practice is followed.<br />
  5. 5. Learning from others<br />
  6. 6. Progress so far<br />NECTAR has been rebranded to match the university website<br />Changes to workflow have been implemented and promoted <br />Ongoing advocacy activity includes presentations to research groups and School Research Forums<br />Eprints Services will shortly start work on Kultur and EThOS extensions (they are currently working on a RefWorks import for us – this will be made available to the Eprints community soon)<br />Lots still to do!<br />
  7. 7. If you want to know more about any part of the project <br />then please contact <br />Miggie Pickton<br />NECTAR Queen Bee<br /><br />We are grateful to the JISC for their support.<br />