Thursday, 3 December 2009

Inaugural White Rose Research Support Forum!

Library staff from Leeds, Sheffield and York met in Leeds on the 27th Nov to discuss how we provide research support for researchers at out institutions. Attendees indicated they were particularly keen to learn more about bibliometrics - and a presentation on this topic plus a hands-on exercise provided a key part of the day. We considered the implications of the Research Excellence Framework and other recent developments and drivers such as the Research Councils' Outputs and Outcomes Collection (the OOCS project). Deposit of research papers into our consortial open access repository, White Rose Research Online, was discussed. We also looked at the emerging digital curation landscape which will be needed to manage a whole range of research outputs including datasets and audio-visual materials.

The presentations from this varied and interesting day are available online from the White Rose Research Support Forum site. We hope this will not be a one-off event; the White Rose Advocacy Group and Steering Group are considering when and where to organise a follow up. This forum is valuable for sharing ideas and good practice across the three library services but also for meeting other university colleagues directly involved in research or research support.