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UBIR currently unavailable

February 19, 2015

UBIR is currently unavailable. The problem has been reported and it is hoped this will be resolved as soon as possible.

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Spotlight on… Open access

January 12, 2015

I feel as if 2015 has got off to a somewhat negative start as regards this blog as I seem to have had to flag up numerous incidences of resource access problems. This does not a happy Electronic Resources Librarian make. So I thought I would maybe provide you all with something more interesting with less “this isn’t working now” which seems to have 2015’s theme so far.

Readers of this blog will know that I have two ‘hats’ here at Bolton, so just for a moment, I will do a swap and have a think about open access, which is very much the key to the University of Bolton Institutional Repository (UBIR). If you’ve walked through the Library, you might spot that the “Spotlight on…” poster concerns open access, detailing the two ways in which authors can engage in open access and the main benefits of open access. There is another, crucial, element to open access that I’ll come to later.

The first question, of course, is “What is open access”. Briefly, the main principle of open access, is that research is free at the point of access. In other words, the only barrier to that research should be technical barriers of accessing the Internet itself. It means that research should not be ‘hidden’ behind access controlled subscriptions, and anyone, anywhere, should be able to access that research. There are two main ways to engage in open access: deposit research in an open access repository such as UBIR, or publish research in open access publications, such as those listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. The former is known as the green route to open access; the latter as the gold route. Here at Bolton, open access is being achieved mainly by the green route.

Both forms of engagement in open access have advantages and disadvantages. The green route relies on having access to a repository, and we are very fortunate at the University of Bolton that this is the case: UBIR accepts all intellectual output of the University of Bolton, from journal articles to book chapters to conference proceedings and post presentations. The gold route, although considered by many to be the future of the open access movement, is more complex, and brings with it concepts that can seem quite alien to anyone who is comfortable with the traditional modes of scholarly communication. The gold route requires authors to submit their work as open access publications, and can often involve the payment of what is known as an APC (Author Pays Charge, or Article Processing Charge). Where that payment comes from can be a cause for concern, and the whole concept of open access publications has led to a lot of debate within academic communities. A number of very specific concerns have been raised, such as concerns over the quality of the publication and the possibility of ‘fake’ publications taking APCs either not publishing the research or publishing it alongside research that is incorrect or ethically questionable. Some are concerned that open access effectively closes the door on traditional modes of scholarly communication, and quality of published research may be affected. All valid concerns, but ones that it is usually possible to allay.

I mentioned earlier that there one very crucial element to open access which means that this method of making research available is not going to go away. You may or may not be aware that HEFCE have made it policy that any research accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 must be made open access if it is to be considered for the next REF exercise. The policy is available in full here and states:

“To be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection.

The requirement applies only to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number. It will not apply to monographs, book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or data. The policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016, but we would strongly urge institutions to implement it now.”

If you are in the position of considering submitting to the next REF, now is the time to be thinking about open access, and I’m happy to answer any queries you may have. Just drop the UBIR team a line.

If you want to learn more about open access, including open access at the University of Bolton, take a look at this presentation as well as this poster from the 2014 Research and Innovation Conference, held here at Bolton. Remember, if you want to deposit your work in UBIR, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the UBIR team.

UBIR up and running again

December 15, 2014

UBIR is working as it should now – just in time for the end of term! UBIR (University of Bolton Institutional Repository) aims to capture, store and preserve the intellectual output of the University of Bolton and is always seeking new material to deposit. A wide range of material can be accepted – journal articles, book chapters, reports, working papers, poster presentations, conference papers, photographs and more – and if you wish to find out more about UBIR and open access in general, don’t hesitate to contact the UBIR team. Take a look at UBIR here.

UBIR temporarily unavailable

November 6, 2014

The cold has got to UBIR, which is currently unavailable. The problem has been reported and it is hoped will be resolved as soon as possible.

Did you present at the University of Bolton Research and Innovation Conference 2014? Send your papers for UBIR now!

June 23, 2014

On Friday, I had the pleasure of attending a number of sessions at the University of Bolton Research and Innovation Conference, an annual event that showcases research that is being undertaken here at Bolton. It’s a chance to see what truly amazing things are happening at the university, and a good opportunity to speak to active researchers and find out what in the landscape of scholarly communication matter to them. It certainly gave me food for thought. This year, I presented a poster on open access, and presented the concluding keynote with Brain Kelly, Innovation Advocate at Cetis, University of Bolton.

So, time for me to hold out my virtual begging bowl… Did you present a paper at the Research and Innovation Conference on Friday 20th June? If so, and you would like the paper to be added to UBIR (University of Bolton Institutional Repository), then please send them to the UBIR team and we will be happy to upload them for you. If you have presented at any of the previous Research and Innovations Conferences we would be happy to have these too.

UBIR news

January 13, 2014

Last week, I mentioned that the University of Bolton Institutional Repository (UBIR) was unavailable due to technical issues. I also mentioned that there were some exciting developments for UBIR on the horizon, and I am very pleased to be able to report that a new UBIR is now available. This is still very much under development, but all the material that was available in the ‘old’ UBIR is still available in the new one. More news about this development will be available soon, but for now, have a look at the new UBIR and let us know what you think!

UBIR issues

January 9, 2014

I’m hoping that 2014 won’t be the year of multiple resource problems… It would appear that the University of Bolton Institutional Repository (UBIR) is down at the moment. We are not sure what is causing the problem, but it has been reported and hopefully it will be resolved as soon as possible.

On the subject of UBIR, some exciting developments are currently underway which include a brand-new interface for the repository. We are really looking forward to launching this and we are working hard behind the scenes to get it all in good shape. Watch this space for news of these developments!

UBIR back up and running

November 12, 2013

The recent problems we have been having with UBIR have now been resolved and the service is acessible once more.

Jorum: collecting and sharing Open Educational Resources

September 10, 2013

I thought I’d share the news today that a new website for Jorum, a JISC-funded service to collect and share Open Educational Resources (OER) has been launched. Jorum has been available for around five years, and this newly-launched website aims to improve the experience of using the service so that it may continue to grow and develop. By depositing OER into Jorum, a repository, these resources can be resued and repurposed throughout the entire HE community as well as the FE community. It’s free, and contains 1,000s of searchable OER that have been inspired or produced by the FE and HE communities.

Jorum can be accessed here. You can find out more about the service, and there are links to the Jorum blog where you learn about all the developments to the service. Do take a look, and send any feedback about the service, which is run by Mimas at the University of Manchester.

Jorum, if you’re wondering, is of Biblical origin and means a collecting (or drinking) bowl. It really is true that you learn something new every day.

Your repository needs you! Calling all University of Bolton academics

April 23, 2012

The University of Bolton has had an institutional repository since 2007. The University of Bolton Institutional Repository (UBIR) is an online, searchable, indexable database containing the intellectual output of the University of Bolton. Deposits in UBIR include journal articles, book chapters, poster presentations, conference papers, images and reports, to name but a few. Many of these items are available in full-text; all include bibliographic details and where available include hyperlinks and Digital Object Identifers (DOIs). UBIR is what is known as an Open Access repository, in that it enables access to academic research, for free, via the Internet and without the need to login to view the resource.

You may be wondering why an Open Access repository such UBIR is so important. Research that has been included in an Open Access repository such as UBIR has been shown to be cited two to five more times than research that has been published by ‘traditional’ means (for example, in a published journal). Not only that, it can be very difficult to access published academic research, as often it ends up being published in journals that are only accessible with a subscription. If you work as an academic at a university, it might be the case that even if you have had research published, unless your university has subscribed to the journal in question, you may not even be able to access your own research! It’s a difficult situation, and one the Open Access movement is trying to resolve. These are just two of the benefits of  Open Access.

In the summer of 2011, the software used for UBIR changed from a commercial system to an open source, in-house solution. Since then, the repository has continued to develop, with new items being added all the time. Moreover, the scope of deposits is also developing, with recent additions including examples of student research proposals and theses. However, the repository also needs feedback from the academic community here at the University of Bolton to ensure that it best meets the needs of that community.

So, your repository needs you! Deposits are welcome at all times, and the UBIR team will deposit material on your behalf. We check copyright conditions for all submissions, and you can be assured that depositing reesarch in UBIR will in no way jeopardise publication. We also need feedback on the repository itself, such as features you would like to see, and how you would wish it to be developed in the future. Further information about institutional repositories can be found here, and a list of international repositories can be found at the website for ROAR (Registry of Open Access Repositories) so that you can get a feel for how other universities are engaging with and promoting Open Access.

UBIR is available at  http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/. To get involved with UBIR, why don’t you get in contact with the UBIR team.