University Library


17 Dec 2019

Research Repository Launch

Last week the Library hosted the launch of the University's new Research Repository and Open Research Position Statement, where the winners of the CALIBRE Awards for Winter 2019 were also announced.

The new Research Repository provides a mechanism through which to promote and preserve all of Loughborough’s research outputs on a single platform. The new system enables access to a comprehensive range of research outputs such as articles, e-theses, data and images, promoting research visibility and discoverability across the disciplines.

It features improved visual design and functionality which will enhance the preservation and long-term accessibility of research and integrates better with LUPIN; providing enhanced support for the University’s REF submission.

It is also the first unified Figshare repository in the UK and updating this core, library-managed, University service allows for enhanced integration with other institutional systems and greater partnership working to support a culture of Open Research.

Almost 1,000 votes were cast to decide the winners of the CALIBRE Awards – which recognise the excellent work undertaken across both campuses – with the theme of this cycle being Open Research.

The shortlisted projects chose Open Research methods which freely shared their methodology, resources, data or software to stimulate wider dialogue and collaboration, while enhancing impact.

From a strong field of contenders, the winners were Dr Steven Firth and Professor Tarek Hassan from the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering for the collaborative REFIT project (2012-15).

Director of Library Services Emma Walton said of the launch of the new Repository:

“I am really proud of the work done to implement this new system and excited by the opportunities it will bring for supporting our University’s commitment to Open Research.”