Both the research information management domain and the platforms and tools the community uses to perform its activity have undergone massive changes in the last few years. As a result, it is now increasingly difficult to cater for all the institutional needs in areas like publication reporting, research data management or management of Open Access available outputs. Making the right choices on the best platforms to run for the multiple purposes will also pose some challenges of its own: Institutional repositories, Current Research Information Systems, some other ones? Which one from the many varieties of each one?
GrandIR Ltd provides consultancy and technical support for organisations in need for guidance on their technological choices for research information management. Founded by a team that brings together a wide expertise in a number of different professional environments, GrandIR makes as much emphasis on technological solutions as in the adequate communication about them to their end-users: researchers and scholars and their institutions.
With these goals in mind, GrandIR work focusses on these main lines:
- Delivering IT Services for Higher Education Institutions and Research Organisations. Whether it's about setting up and developing an Open Access repository or providing technological and communication services for implementing a specific piece of functionality (such as ORCID), GrandIR is interested in teaming up with organisations in order to contribute its IT expertise to the implementation of the best solutions.
- Delivering consultancy Services on technical solutions and infrastructure in the research information management domain for institutions, funding organisations and policymakers. Having shared a key role at the UK RepositoryNet+ Project developed at EDINA National Data Centre, the members of GrandIR are especially qualified for providing consultancy on any issues related to Open Access infrastructure and Publishing.
- Sharing and discussing recent advances in the research information management domain. Through its frequently updated news feed, through its twitter account and especially via the periodically held 'Technical Sessions' on specific topics, GrandIR aims to offer the community a forum for jointly considering what the next steps to take should be to best serve our users.
- Promoting Open Access-related initiatives, such as repositories and digital libraries, in developing countries in an international cooperation framework through the provision of consultancy, training and technical support services.
SCOAP3 Starting Jan 1st
The CERN-based Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access in Particle Physics Publishing (SCOAP3) Project is to launch next January. SCOAP3 is a pioneering community-funded approach to Gold Open Access in the field of High-Energy Physics, where a few journals collect most of the outputs in the area. Partners from 24 countries will support the initiative, whose outcome will be offered from a SCOAP3 repository.
Lightning talk on ORCID at the UKCoRR Members' Meeting
"A holistic approach to institutional ORCID implementation" is the title of the lightning talk to be delivered by Pablo de Castro, a member of the ORCID Technical Steering Group, at the UKCoRR Members' Meeting which will take place next Dec 3rd at the Open University in Milton Keynes. The meeting programme will feature a whole set of ongoing initiatives related to Open Access and repositories, including an update on the HEFCE consultation, plus presentations on SHERPA/FACT and the OARR and CORE projects among others.
GrandIR Ltd to set up the new euroCRIS repository
As announced by euroCRIS President Ed Simons during his closing speech of the euroCRIS membership meeting held last week in Porto, euroCRIS will be building a new institutional repository for making all their outputs available online. An agreement has been reached for GrandIR Ltd to provide euroCRIS a repository based on the DSpace CRIS platform. This work will be carried out in close collaboration with CINECA in Italy, who have developed and maintain the DSpace CRIS solution.