Research Innovation Enterprise

Research Information and Governance updates Summer 2019

Over the past months we have been working on a number of projects in the areas of research information and governance. Some highlights are below, including the times over the summer where you can access for training, advice or discussion about any of these areas.

Funding Opportunities

The University renewed its subscription to Research Professional the funding opportunities search tool. We are also in the process of an update to the fingerprinting service which uses your University web profile to tailor funding opportunities to you. Both the fingerprinting service and the search tool within Research Professional can send you scheduled email alerts about funding opportunities.

In the past year Research Professional was acquired by Ex Libris a global provider in this area which has lead to enhancement of the existing service covering more funding opportunities and information from across the world. There has also been developments within the functionality of the search tool – you should check this out if it has been a while since you last tried RP!

Research Assessment

The University signed up to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) in early June 2019. DORA’s aims are to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.  DORA is a worldwide initiative covering all scholarly disciplines and all key stakeholders including funders, publishers, professional societies, institutions, and researchers.

Over the coming months we will be providing more information about what we are doing to meet the requirements of DORA and how this will affect all researchers and academics at the University.

Research Data

We wont be running any group training sessions over the summer on data management or data protection for research. However there will still be the drop in and bookable sessions at each campus. Dates and times in the table below. You can still contact us at for advice and support at any time.

The Universities data management policy requires that all research projects have a data management plan at the time of proposal development to inform the data practices during the project and beyond. Data should be stored securely during the project in X:Drive/V:drive and archived for 10 years after the project. Datasets can be deposited within Worktribe to make them openly available. More information can be found on the intranet


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognised and openly available for others to find. We want all research active staff and students to have an ORCID to realise the benefits.

It is easy to sign up to ORCID and once you do this you should be record this in your Worktribe profile. If you are a new member of staff you can export your publication list from ORCID as a BibTex file and send it to the repository and they can upload your publication information directly to Worktribe.


Over the summer it is a good time to ensure that your research profile is up to date. Your profile is used on the University research and Innovation webpages and can be exported to a CV.

We will be having our usual system update later in July and continue working on improving the web presence of the our research and researchers. More details to follow…

Summer Training and advice sessions for all above

June July August Sept
Sighthill (LRC1 or by appointment) 10th








Craiglockhart (cyber cafe or by appointment) 24th






Merchiston (by appointment only) 12th







Please contact Lindsay Ramage (Leader of Research Information Management) to book a time to meet. If you have any other questions please get in touch.

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