Pure-Researchfish interoperability

RCUK/UKRI and six universities (including University of Bristol) are engaged in a pilot to explore the feasibility of transferring data from institutional systems to Researchfish. Currently, Bristol is providing publications and datasets data to Researchfish.

Publications bulk upload service

The first two years of the pilot are now complete. We are pleased to announce that the publications upload functionality has been developed into a supported service.

What you need to do: throughout the year authors should link their publications to their projects in Pure (the most convenient time to do this is likely to be when you first create the publication in Pure).

What will happen: any valid links in Pure will be uploaded to Researchfish on behalf of the PI ahead of the February/March submission period.

Service limitations: to avoid confusion, Researchfish closes the bulk upload during each spring submission period (the service will reopen shortly after the submission period ends).

Further details about the publications bulk upload

Datasets bulk upload trial

In December 2017 the pilot trialed the upload of dataset information. This operated in the same way as the publications upload: datasets from Pure were uploaded to Researchfish where there was a DOI on the dataset and a funder reference code on the award, and where relations between datasets and projects were made.

The 2017 upload included 53 relations from Bristol, 50 of which were successfully uploaded to Researchfish. This is a modest start, but we are hope to build up our data over time.

Further details about the Datasets upload trial

In addition to the publication and dataset bulk-uploads, researchers will still be required to enter details of other publications and all other research outcomes into Researchfish and to submit their return as complete and accurate during the forthcoming submission period.

Unfortunately we cannot upload publication or dataset relations on behalf of research students, however, we are working with RCUK/UKRI and Researchfish to explore how to extend this functionality to include students.

Interoperability pilot history

Pilot phase 1 - 2015/16

In the first phase of the pilot (Autumn 2015 - Spring 2016) only RCUK/UKRI funded awards linked to publications with DOIs were valid. We took a snapshot of Pure data at the end of October 2015, and submitted nearly 500 publication-project relations, over a total of 181 awards.

Pilot phase 2 - 2016/17

In the second phase (Autumn 2016 - Spring 2017) the pilot expanded to include publications with DOIs or PubMed IDs and to include all awards in Researchfish. For Bristol this included awards from 16 funders. Approximately 950 publication-project relations were uploaded, over a total of 313 awards.