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.
Jisc-ARMA ORCID pilot progress workshop in London
Following the kick-off meeting held last May 8th, a second Jisc-ARMA ORCID pilot project workshop will be held in London next Sep 17th. The workshop will provide an opportunity for the eight pilot ORCID implementation projects being carried out at the universities of Aston, Kent, Northumbria, Oxford, Southampton, Swansea and York plus Imperial College London to report on their progress both at technical and social levels.
RepoFringe 2014 in Edinburgh
A new edition of the Repository Fringe unconference will be held in Edinburgh on Jul 30-31. The event programme will address the current state of Open Access in the UK, dealing with topics such as the Jisc-funded OA Good Practice Pathfinder Projects, the plans for the RIOXX metadata application profile and the progress of research data management initiatives, as well as an update on projects such as the Jisc Monitor and the Publications Router.
PASTEUR4OA Project mentioned at CIARD Webinar on Development of Open Access Policies
A webinar on the development of Open Access policies was held on July 15th by the CIARD Initiative (Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development). The presentation was delivered by Paola Bongiovani, Universidad Nacional del Rosario in Argentina, who mentioned the work around Open Access policies the PASTEUR4OA Project is doing in Europe as a potential source of inspiration for other regions.