The Altmetric bookmarklet – a researcher view

“Academics seem to be obsessed with metrics of all kinds at the moment, and I’m certainly not immune to it as my recent post on the h-index demonstrated.  So I was intrigued by a new (at least to me) browser plug-in that gives you instant altmetrics such as number of times mentioned on Twitter, Facebook or on news outlets, or cited in blogs, policy documents, Wikipedia, etc. …”

Read more about his experience with the Altmetric bookmarklet in Professor Jeff Ollerton’s blog.

Critical Mass conference – call for research posters

Critical mass conferenceThe Critical Mass conference will run at the The Royal Institution of Great Britain in London on the 19th and 20th October 2015, with two days of speeches and discussions asking, ‘how are we reaching critical mass for social enterprise, social value, impact investing and corporate social innovation?’ Read the rest of this entry

Dust off your cameras, dig out your paintbrushes – Images of Research is back!


Images from the 2014-15 competition

It’s time for the call for research images, so why not take part in the Graduate School’s 2015-16 Images of Research competition? If you are a researcher at the University of Northampton, grab your camera or paintbrush and produce a unique image which captures the essence of your research, or an element of your research, in a visual, artistic or photographic way. Top that off with a snappy title and 150 word summary and that is all you need to do to participate.

This years IoR will, again, be a competition, where viewers can vote for their top three favourites. Entries for IoR 2015-16 must be emailed to Simone by November 6th 2015. Read on for the rules…

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UK Data Service – free webinars

The UK Data Service, the ESRC-funded source of social and economic data, are offering a number of free webinars over the next couple of months:

Click on each link to find out more and to book a place.

Find out more about the UK Data Service.

RDM at the University of Northampton: state of play

Over the last three years the University has been implementing its roadmap for research data management (RDM).  This post outlines some of the work that has been undertaken and describes where we are now with respect to support for RDM at Northampton.

The University’s RDM roadmap was created in response to a demand from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) that Universities in receipt of EPSRC funding must conform to a set of  expectations concerning the management of research data. Institutions were (by April 2012) expected to produce a roadmap outlining how they would meet these expectations and then (by April 2015) to implement that roadmap.

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Data management planning using DMPonline

In its research data policy and principles, the University of Northampton strongly encourages researchers to produce data management plans (DMPs) for their research projects.  DMPonline is the recommended tool for this purpose.

Last year the university’s Research Data Working Group discussed the creation of Northampton-specific guidance for DMPonline users.  The tool permits institutions to enter local information about support for data management planning which users will see when they create their DMPs.

For Northampton, the local guidance now covers the University’s policies, procedures and responsibilities for research data management, as well as information about related services (such as TUNDRA2 and NECTAR) that can be used in your DMP.

To see the new University of Northampton guidance in DMPonline you will need to take the following steps when you create your plan:

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Professor Gina Wisker announced as keynote for SOTA Postgraduate Conference!

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s School of The Arts Postgraduate Conference (15th -16th September 2015) will feature a keynote lecture from Professor Gina Wisker (The University of Brighton).

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Guide to open access monograph publishing

The OAPEN-UK project has just published a Guide to open access monograph publishing for arts, humanities and social science researchers. OAPEN UK logo

The guide has been produced to “assist arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS) researchers in understanding the state of play with regards to open access in the UK and what it means to them as current and future authors of scholarly monographs” (p.4).

It starts with an overview of open access publishing and business models for monographs and then goes on to address some common concerns of researchers such as legal issues, financial concerns, quality etc.

It is available to read online or download as a PDF.

New Book: ‘Holocaust Remembrance between the National and the Transnational’

I am pleased to say that my book. ‘Holocaust Remembrance between the National and the Transnational’ will be released on 30 July 2015.  I held my launch for the book as part of the British Association of Holocaust Studies conference at the University of Birmingham (21-22 July 2015).  To listen back to my launch talk which discusses the books main themes, influences and contribution to Holocaust Studies, please use the audio player below or download as MP3.

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Using TUNDRA2 for research data: a researcher’s perspective

The University’s research data policy and guidelines place responsibility for good research data management on both the Principal Investigator and the University.

The University is obliged to “provide means and services enabling registration, deposit, storage, retention of and access to digital research data” and to “hold data securely with appropriate access controls”.  Its solution for both of these requirements is TUNDRA2.

The UNARS project team have been using TUNDRA2 for their research data and I asked Research Assistant Jo Alexander about the team’s experiences:

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