General track 6: Demonstrating impact
3:30pm - 4:00pm
A new approach for measuring the value of big data and big data repositories
Australian National University, Australia
There is an increasing need to demonstrate the impact of research and research infrastructure with the most common metrics of value related to data usage and citations. While these measures are useful, they do not provide feedback on how well the data has supported the research, particularly for high impact and high value research projects, and they do not convey the value of the contribution from the data repository to either the research itself or more broadly to the research community. This presentation will explore how the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) is bringing together various quantitative measures and new ways of viewing value to better track and present how data and data repositories contribute to the impact of research. By extending the measures of data usage and citations to include assessments of the ability of the data infrastructure and services to enable discovery of, access to and usability of data, a more holistic view of the value is presented which can be used to evaluate how effectively the needs of the community are being met.
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Making an Impact: The recording and capture of Impact-generating activity and evidence at the University of Glasgow
1University of Glasgow, United Kingdom; 2EPrints Services
The Library, the Research Strategy and Innovation Office (RSIO) and Colleges at the University of Glasgow have a long history of working together to engage with researchers and to support key University research activities. This presentation will provide an overview of the set-up and launch of a new institutional repository, Enlighten: Impact to capture information on and documentation of knowledge exchange or other engagement activities and to identify potential research impacts. This has been developed in conjunction with the EPrints Services and was based on pilot work already done at the University of Glasgow. This presentation will 1) identify potential impacts and provide background on the drivers for capturing evidence of impact-generating activity; 2) show the development cycle of this new repository; 3) discuss the challenges which this content brings in terms of access and visibility in a traditionally open repository model and lastly, 4) consider the effectiveness of this new repository in supporting this work. The presentation will also demonstrate how this work has provided new opportunities for our Enlighten repository service, to keep pace with new and emerging needs of researchers and research institutions.
4:30pm - 5:00pm
How to Speak Business Case
University of Technology Sydney
The values of modern IT project management can seem antithetical to those of open scholarship and open data. This presentation looks at ways in which repository managers and business analysts can estimate the immediate, practical benefits which open repositories give to working researchers and support staff, and how these can be expressed in the kind of language which makes project managers happy. We give some examples of the ways in which real tangible benefits from open repository projects can be demonstrated, and argue that putting these projects in the language of the business case is a good way to translate the ideals of open scholarship into systems and processes which help researchers and support staff in their day-to-day work.