RSP R4R Workshop

On Monday we gathered in London’s British Computer Society’s headquarters to discuss the outputs of the JISC funded Readiness for REF (R4R)  project and Measuring Impact under CERIF project.   Both projects focus on the upcoming REF evaluation which has become the focus for many of us in the repository community, and also for research managers.

Delegates at the R4R workshop enjoying a coffee break

The day began with Richard Gartner, from the Centre for eResearch at Kings College London, introducing us to the R4R project. R4R worked to address issues identified by UK HEI as they prepare for the REF and provide a consistent data model for REF elements that would provide for interoperability. The R4R project has produced a CERIF4REF schema which you can access here. In addition to this they have developed DSpace , Eprints and Fedora  plugins which were all demonstrated.

We also heard form Tahani Nadim from Goldsmiths College, who completed one of the case studies the projects undertook to examine the feasibility of mapping current data and practices to the CERIF4REF schema. Other case study participants were the University of London, Kingston University, University of Reading, University of Leicester, University of the Arts and University of Ulster. The case studies can be accessed here.

Before we got into the details of the Plugins we heard from Prof. Dr. Keith Jeffery, president who gave an excellent introductory presentation to the CERIF data model which underpins both the MICE and R4R projects.  You can find out more about CERIF from Keith’s presentation and the euroCRIS  website.

You can access the slides and notes from our break out discussions on the event webpage.