BU has a number of internal systems that enable research activity and outputs. To find out what the systems are, what they do and how they interact with each other, visit the ‘BU Research Related Systems’ page, which can be found under ‘Research Toolkit’.
The new page contains all you need to know about:
BRIAN (Bournemouth Research Information And Networking) – BU’s publication management system and how it’s linked to the BU staff profile pages. If you have any problems accessing the system or you have any queries please contact BRIAN@bournemouth.ac.uk and the BRIAN team will be happy to help.
BURO (Bournemouth University Research Online) – BU’s institutional repository. If you require help assessing whether an open access version of your work can be contributed to BURO please contact your Subject Library Team or SAS-BURO@bournemouth.ac.uk.
RED (Research and Enterprise Database) – this is a record of all the research and knowledge exchange activity which takes place at BU. If you have any problems accessing the system or you have any queries please contact the R&KE Office .
Please note that Shelly Maskell is the new Research Outputs development officer within R&KEO and as part of this role, Shelly now manages BRIAN.
We would really appreciate your feedback on the new budget screen that we are designing for RED.
With this screen you will be able to go in and view the project expenditure against your budget. This should enable you to keep track of the spending on the project.
We would really like some input on what budget headings you would find useful. We want to keep it simple so that you can have a quick overview of the project. You will be able to query any figures with your CRE Ops Officer and obtain a more detailed breakdown on request if necessary.
Currently the headings are:
- Academic Staff
- Part time hourly paid staff
- Travel and subsistence
Click on this link to view the example RED Budget Screen.
If you have any thoughts on what should be included please add a comment below or email me.
The new version of RED is up and running and can be accessed by all academic staff.
Academic staff can login to RED to review their record of research and enterprise applications and successful projects. Staff can view projects on which they are listed as a principle investigator or a co-investigator. There is a facility to print off the reports which can be useful for appraisals.
Academic managers can use the system to review the activity that is going on within their schools.
The data held on RED is updated by the CRE Operations team based on the information provided by the PI and the contract or award letter from the funder.
Simple guidelines on how to access the system are available here. You can access RED both on and off campus using your standard university login.
If you have any problems with accessing or using the system please contact Susan Dowdle in the Research Development Unit.
I’d like to introduce you to Symplectic Elements – our soon-to-be new research management system. You might have heard colleagues talking about Symplectic Elements for a while now – the supplier (Symplectic Ltd) first visited BU to demonstrate the application in August 2009. I’m pleased to announced that we have now signed the contract with Symplectic and are in discussions with the supplier to determine the implementation plan. The aim is to have the system up and running this autumn.
Symplectic Elements is already used by lots of other UK universities, including Imperial College, Oxford, Exeter, Cambridge, UCL and Plymouth.
So what is Symplectic Elements and what benefits will it bring to BU? Symplectic Elements is a research management system. It will not replace any of our existing BU systems (such as BURO or RED) but it will link to them and join them together, sharing data between the systems. This means that BU staff will be able to add information to Symplectic Elements and it will be used in multiple systems. You will also be able to access research information from a single place. A single point of data entry will enable research information (such as publications data) to be automatically formatted and reused in other forums, such as in BU’s open access repository (BURO) and the BU staff profile webpages, without the need for duplicate or additional data entry. You will also be able to query data that appears to be missing or incorrect.
Symplectic Elements will provide academics with a simple ‘dashboard’ from which to view and manage their research information. This will also help when BU begins compiling data to meet the requirements of the REF.
How will Symplectic Elements link with the existing systems?
- Symplectic Elements will link to our Research and Enterprise Database (RED) so you can see your current bids and projects. From within Symplectic you will also be able to link yourself to the PGR students you supervise.
- It will link to BURO so that your research outputs are entered into the repository.
- It will also link to a number of external publication databases (including Web of Science and Scopus) and automatically search these for your publications. When it identifies a paper it thinks might be yours it will send you an email and ask you to confirm it is your paper. If it is then all you will need to do is to tick ‘yes’ and Symplectic will create a record of your publication automatically. You will simply need to add a full-text copy of the paper (copyright permitting) and it will be uploaded into BURO.
- Symplectic Elements will link to the new content management system and you will be able to choose which information is used on your staff profile webpage.
Timeframe for implementation: A broad steering group of representatives from across BU’s Schools and Professional Services has been formed to help feed into and guide the system’s implementation. A core project management group is currently overseeing the day-to-day tasks and will manage the initial data integration and checking. A meeting with the suppliers is scheduled for the end of the month. The system is due to go live in autumn 2011.
Further updates about Symplectic Elements will be posted on the BU Research Blog in due course!
On 18th July 2011 BU’s internal database (RED, previously known as RAKE) which stores information on the university’s research and enterprise projects will move to a new platform. You will not be able to access the system on the 18th of July while the changes are taking place.
Academic staff can access this database to review their own record of bidding and awarded projects which can be useful for appraisals. If you would like further details on how to use the database, please contact me at the details below.
Although some things have moved around, the database is very similar to the old version and should be simpler to navigate through. The database can be accessed using the same link as before red.bournemouth.ac.uk . Your login details are the same as your standard university login details.
If you have any queries please contact Susan Dowdle (firstname.lastname@example.org, ext 61209).