Social engagement and institutional repositories: a case study

Author : Susan Boulton

This article explores the community reach and societal impact of institutional repositories, in particular Griffith Research Online (GRO), Griffith University’s institutional repository.

To promote research on GRO, and to encourage people to click through to the repository content, a pilot social media campaign and some subsequent smaller social media activities were undertaken in 2018.

After briefly touching on these campaigns, this article provides some reflections from these activities and proposes options for the future direction of social engagement and GRO in particular, and for institutional repositories in general.

This undertaking necessitates a shift in focus from repositories as a resource for the scholarly community to a resource for the community at large. The campaign also highlighted the need to look beyond performance metrics to social media metrics as a measure of the social and community impact of a repository.

Whilst the article is written from one Australian university’s perspective, the drivers and challenges behind researchers and universities translating their research into economic, social, environmental and cultural impacts are national and international.

The primary takeaway message is for libraries to take more of a proactive stance and to kick-start conversations within their institutions and with their clients to actively partner in creating opportunities to share research.

URL : Social engagement and institutional repositories: a case study

DOI : http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.504

Research data sharing during the Zika virus public health emergency

Authors : Vanessa de Arruda Jorge, Sarita Albagli

Introduction

In a public health emergency, sharing of research data is acknowledged as essential to manage treatment and control of the disease. The objective of this study was to examine how researchers reacted during the Zika virus emergency in Brazil.

Method

A literature review examined both unpublished reports and the published literature. Interviews were conducted with eleven researchers (from a sample of sixteen) in the Renezika network. Questions concerned sources of data used for research on the Zika virus, where this data was obtained, and what requirements by funding agencies influenced how data generated was shared – and how open the degree of sharing was.

Analysis

A content analysis matrix was developed based on the results of the interviews. The data were organised acording to categories, subcategories, records units and frequency of records units.

Results

Researchers stressed the importance of access to issue samples as well as pure research data. Collaboration – and publication – increased but also depended on trust in existing networks. Researchers were aware that many agencies and publishers required the deposit of research data in repositories – and several options existed for Zika research.

Conclusions

The findings show that research data were shared, but not necessarily as open data. Trust was necessary between researchers, and researchers in developing countries needed to be assured about their rights and ownership of data, and publications using that data.

URL : http://informationr.net/ir/25-1/paper846.html

Open Access+ Service: reframing library support to take research outputs to non-academic audiences

Author: Scott Taylor

The University of Manchester Library has established a key role in facilitating scholarly discourse through its mediated open access (OA) services, but has little track record in intentionally taking OA research outputs to non-academic audiences.

This article outlines recent exploratory steps the Library has taken to convince researchers to fully exploit this part of the scholarly communication chain. Driving developments within this service category is a belief that despite the recent rise in OA, the full public benefit of research outputs is often not being realized as many papers are written in inaccessibly technical language.

Recognizing our unique position to help authors reach broader audiences with simpler expressions of their work, we have evolved our existing managed OA services to systematically share plain-English summaries of OA papers via Twitter.

In parallel, we have taken steps to ensure that our commercial analytics tools work harder to identify and reach the networked communities that form around academic disciplines in the hope that these simpler expressions of research will be more likely to diffuse beyond these networks.

URL : Open Access+ Service: reframing library support to take research outputs to non-academic audiences

DOI : http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.499

JoVE ou l’avènement d’une nouvelle niche d’éditeurs médiatiques

Auteur/Author : Sarah Rakotoary

Le marché de l’édition scientifique a connu de nombreuses évolutions avec l’avènement du numérique, du Libre Accès et des nouveaux modèles de publication. Cet article aborde le cas de l’éditeur commercial JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) à l’origine d’un nouveau modèle de publication d’articles scientifiques en Sciences de la Vie, fondé sur la vidéo.

Ces articles présentent des méthodes expérimentales développées par les auteurs et mises en média sur la plateforme de l’éditeur. À l’aide d’une méthodologie mixte, l’étude de cas exploratoire menée sur une année (entre 2018-2019), montre que JoVE représente une nouvelle niche pour la publication scientifique et devient un nouveau type d’acteur dans la sous-filière de l’édition scientifique.

Le succès de JoVE réside dans le fait qu’il permet aux chercheurs de développer des pratiques de publication qui laissent la place à de nouvelles formes d’écriture, faisant émerger l’article scientifique médiatique.

En outre, les articles vidéo circulent sur le Web (YouTube, Réseaux sociaux,…) et véhiculent de nouveaux objectifs (visibilité, ouverture, mise en média…) attendus par les chercheurs et leurs instances d’évaluation pour la reconnaissance de leurs expertises méthodologiques.

C’est autour de ce positionnement  que JoVE parvient à s’imposer dans le monde de l’édition scientifique en reconfiguration.

URL : https://lesenjeux.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/2019/dossier/05-jove-ou-lavenement-dune-nouvelle-niche-dediteurs-mediatiques

Enhancing Content Discovery of Open Repositories: An Analytics-Based Evaluation of Repository

Author : George Macgregor

Ensuring open repositories fulfil the discovery needs of both human and machine users is of growing importance and essential to validate the continued relevance of open repositories to users, and as nodes within open scholarly communication infrastructure.

Following positive preliminary results reported elsewhere, this submission analyses the longer-term impact of a series of discovery optimization approaches deployed on an open repository.

These approaches were designed to enhance content discovery and user engagement, thereby improving content usage. Using Strathprints, the University of Strathclyde repository as a case study, this article will briefly review the techniques and technical changes implemented and evaluate the impact of these changes by studying analytics relating to web impact, COUNTER usage and web traffic over a 4-year period.

The principal contribution of the article is to report on the insights this longitudinal dataset provides about repository visibility and discoverability, and to deliver robust conclusions which can inform similar strategies at other institutions. Analysis of the unique longitudinal dataset provides persuasive evidence that specific enhancements to the technical configuration of a repository can generate substantial improvements in its content discovery potential and ergo its content usage, especially over several years.

In this case study, COUNTER usage grew by 62%. Increases in Google ‘impressions’ (266%) and ‘clicks’ (104%) were a notable finding too, with high levels of statistical significance found in the correlation between clicks and usage ( t=14.30,df=11,p<0.0005 ).

Web traffic to Strathprints from Google and Google Scholar (GS) was found to increase significantly with growth on some metrics exceeding 1300%. Although some of these results warrant further research, the article nevertheless demonstrates the link between repository optimization and the need for open repositories to assume a proactive development path, especially one that prioritises web impact and discovery.

URL : Enhancing Content Discovery of Open Repositories: An Analytics-Based Evaluation of Repository

Original location : https://www.mdpi.com/2304-6775/8/1/9

Faciliter et soutenir le travail des chercheurs : état des lieux, perspectives et réflexions sur l’exemple de la Haute école de travail social de Genève

Auteur/Author : Claire Wuillemin

Open science, diffusion et archivage en open access, gestion des données de recherche ; c’est cet immense mur de thématiques qui se dresse devant les chercheurs. Pour la plupart, ces enjeux sont les fruits de lentes, mais sûres transformations de la recherche vers une forme toujours plus collaborative et axée sur les données.

De plus, les chercheurs doivent faire face à une compétitivité toujours plus féroce où le nerf de la guerre réside dans la capacité à sécuriser des financements. Or, dans la continuité du foisonnement des nouveaux enjeux, les bailleurs de fonds durcissent leurs exigences d’année en année.

Pris en tenaille entre leurs responsabilités et un temps limité, les chercheurs sont souvent débordés et désarmés pour faire face à tous ces aspects. Pourtant, les chercheurs possèdent des alliés de taille autour d’eux qui peuvent les épauler sur ces divers sujets : les services institutionnels.

Synthèse d’un travail de master réalisé sur mandat de la Haute école de travail social de Genève (HETS-GE), le présent article se propose d’explorer la notion de soutien à la recherche dans un premier temps à travers la définition de ce concept et de ces enjeux, couplée à une brève revue de la littérature spécialisée.

Celle-ci est ensuite complétée par les éléments marquants d’entretiens individuels et de focus groups menés sur le terrain qui ont permis de dresser un tour d’horizon de la situation actuelle du soutien à la recherche à la HETS-GE.

La combinaison de ces deux types de données a mené à la formulation de propositions ancrées dans le contexte de la HETS-GE. Ces propositions se veulent toutefois applicables aux institutions préoccupées par les enjeux actuels de la recherche, et par les manières d’embrasser les transformations résultantes, afin de pouvoir faire évoluer l’offre de services et d’assurer un soutien adéquat et pérenne à la communauté de recherche.

URL : http://www.ressi.ch/num20/article_164

Understanding researcher needs and raising the profile of library research support

Authors : Colin Nickels, Hilary Davis

Researchers at North Carolina State University expect little to no difficulty in discerning how their Library can support their work. At the same time, librarians repeatedly find that researchers are unaware of what our Library has to offer.

Within this context, we embarked on a two-year study to help inform the development of outreach strategies to enable new research engagement opportunities that will scale and, at the same time, help us transform our model of research support strategies and engagement.

We interviewed both librarians and researchers to gain an understanding of researcher needs from both perspectives. The results of the interviews provided a solid grounding for building our awareness of researchers’ behaviors, expectations and workflows as well as presenting a unique picture of both unmet and unarticulated needs.

In this article we summarize our results with a specific focus on findings from the researcher interviews. We share our recommendations for evolving library research support and enhancing outreach strategies to provide an easier starting point for different types of researchers to discover relevant research assets provided by libraries such as ours.

DOI : http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.493