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.
ORCID Webinar at the Open Access Week
A webinar on 'ORCID identifiers and Open Access' will be delivered on Oct 24th by GrandIR Ltd within the Open Access Week 2014 events organised by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and SocialBiblio. The presentation will review the different projects for ORCID implementation which are being carried out worldwide and the way their specific goals may enhance Open Access.
GrandIR at the 5th ConfOA Luso-Brasileira
On Oct 7th GrandIR will be delivering a talk on CRIS/IR interoperability at the 'Open Science and Research Data Management' session of the 5th Portuguese-Brazilian Open Access Conference in Coimbra. The preliminary event programme will mainly deal with Open Access policies and institutional repositories, and includes two workshops on implementation of the EC H2020 Open Access policy.
ORCID_CBUA project is launched
On Sep 19th the Consortium for University Libraries in Andalusia (CBUA) released an official announcement for the kick-off of the ORCID_CBUA project for ORCID implementation across nine CBUA universities. The ORCID_CBUA project aims to create ORCID identifiers for all the institutional staff, which will be later integrated into the institutional repositories and the SICA2 regional CRIS.