Research managers and administrators 'review the future'

Added by Sarah on 05 June 2009 15:27

We hosted a stand the ARMA 2009 conference ‘Reviewing the

future’
this week and I think this was a very useful and interesting event for

us. We’ve not attended this event before and although some of the

audience knew us, I think it helped raise more awareness of the

RIN’s work amongst research managers and administrators and for the RIN to find out about some of the issues facing this group.



I attend the British Library’s session on ‘Is digital different? How

the British Library is adapting to changing researcher behaviour’,

which turned out to be an engaging and interactive presentation about the BL’s

current digital programmes, including EThoS, their sound and

newspaper archives and an overview of their new ‘Project Gateway’, a plan to build a new digital centre at the back of the current St Pancras site. They

also highlighted their national postgraduate training days, and a new programme is

coming up for 2009/10.



Claire Creaser from Loughborough University presented a well attended

session on the upcoming RIN/JISC report on the publication

behaviours of researchers and influence of research assessment
. This project is not due out until the early

autumn of 2009, but Claire gave an excellent overview of some of the

preliminary ideas coming out of the work done so far, and the audience had some

probing questions about the REF, citation behaviour and the issue of

time pressures and information overload researchers face.

Neil Jacobs also ran a session on ‘Research dissemination, use and

exploitation; JISC work that makes them possible in a digital

age’, which covered JISC’s work on open access and repositories, business

and community engagement, and infrastructure.



All in all, a worthwhile event, we will definitely consider attending again

next year.


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