Friday, 7 March 2008

Who Uses BURO?

Perhaps a pertinent question in view of the number of repositories in the world, and institutional repositories like BURO are a world wide phenomenon. OpenDOAR - a directory of Open Access Repositories has just recorded it 1000th listing. Note some organisations have more than one repository.

OpenDOAR Chart: Proportion of Repository Organisations by Continent - Worldwide

To make an impact in such a crowded space is a challenge. However, we do say to users of BURO that including material on BURO will increase the visibility of research. To track usage BURO is now monitored using Google Analytics. Even in the very short time we have data for, and it is short, only 2 days 05 - 07 March 2008 there is some confirmation of the claim that BURO is good for your research profile.

  • BURO has been accessed by users from 28 countries

  • Internal accesses are highest but people are being referred to BURO from searches on Google, OAIster and Windows Live

  • Visitors spend on average 5 and a half minutes on BURO

  • BURO has had 157 unique visitors 05 - 07 March

Of course this is only indicative and over the next few months we hope to get a picture of who uses BURO and how often. Difficult also to know is how well BURO usage measures up to other institutional repositories.

Thursday, 6 March 2008

ESRC Research Methods Centre

The ESRC National Research Methods Centre NRMC has an excellent web site. It provides information on the many projects they support and access to their publications on research methods and related issues.

New Media site - InterJunction - for Media Academics

InterJunction is a new site aimed at Media Academics and Researchers. INTERJUNCTION is a not-for-profit, edited multiblog aimed at facilitating conversations between the media and academia. Interjunction believes a synergistic intellectual relationship between members of the professional media and media academia can benefit both sides. Interjunction offers a non-partisan platform to foster such a relation. Interjunction also has a contribution from the Bournemouth University academy.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008


A fairly arcane topic, however, problems can accelerate without adopting a basic versioning procedures. The Version Identification Framework [VIF] offers the following simple advice to authors on versioining information to include in document:

  • Make sure all versions of your work have the author, title, date last edited on the front page.

  • Keep track of which versions you've made publicly available and where.

  • Use a clear filename - include a version numbering system filename v1.0 date.doc

  • Use a numbering system that denotes major revisions.

  • Fill in any available 'Properties' details or 'ID tags' as much as you can. For example, on a Word document, go to 'File', 'Properties' and fill out the 'Summary' page.

versions TOOLKIT
Version Identification Framework [VIF] - information for authors

BURO joins OAIster

BURO is now searched by OAIster. OAIster currently searches 934 repositories worldwide with access to over 15M plus records. The usage statistisics of OAIster are impressive. If you are a contributor to BURO you can search for your own records through the OAIster interface to try it out.

Research Methods Literature

The Library supports researchers by investing in books, journals and encyclopedias etc. on research methods. As with any university supporting research across disciplines from arts to social sciences to sciences, there are challenges in addressing the specific needs of all researchers. In this case we rely in part on library users to recommend sources to buy for the Library. Please e-mail suggestions to Matt Holland.

For those working in the Humanities and Social Sciences there is a guide to the Research Methods Literature for the Social Sciences and Humanities

Very Large Bibliographic Databases ...

Web of Science [WOS] at 38 million records is probably the largest bibliographic database in the world. The three databases that comprise WOS are the Arts and Humanities Citation Index [AHCI], the Social Science Citation Index [SSCI] and the Science Citation Index [SCI]. The coverage is broad but also deep. Back files go back decades, 1975 to present for AHCI, 1956 to present for SSCI and 1945 to present for SCI. Requires and ATHENS User Name and Password.

The University library has also implemented a meta search engine called mySearch which enables you to search a number of databases concurrently. You can do this by selecting a subject area, where the databases to search are chosen for you, or from an alpha list, selecting the databases you want to search. Access to mySearch is on the Library Tab of myBU. To get the functions described here use the Advanced Search option.

You might also consider using something like Google Scholar. It has disadvantages, however. It searches non peer reviewed material, there is no effective subject search and some publishers do not open their databases to Google Scholar. For those that do the Library may not have access to their material.

You could also consider searching institutional repositories using tools like OAIster which search 934 repositories.

For books the best source is COPAC the combined catalogue of National Libraries (British Library) and the Russell Group libraries.

Of course your Subject Librarian will be able to advise on the many specialist subject databases aviable to you from the Library website.