New year’s resolutions for RADAR

Depending on when you read this blog post, we’re either in the run-up to Christmas, or headed into a new year – so it seems appropriate to bill the 2017/18 RADAR roadmap as a set of resolutions. Strictly speaking though, we’re already well underway with some of our plans!

The RADAR roadmap for 2017/18 sees a mix of new and ongoing developments for the GSA’s research outputs repository, ranging from new output types and refreshed help screens, and clearer information on licensing and open access options, to a Vimeo plug-in, and improvements to the ARP template (plus enhanced features for ARP peer reviewers).  And given the changes and additions to GSA’s Schools, these will be reflected in RADAR too, improving the experience both for GSA researchers depositing their outputs, and for users browsing and searching for content.

The headline priorities and tasks for the RADAR team are set out under themes such as Communication, Metadata, Reporting and Documentation, which also allow for flexibility, should any new and significant requirements and opportunities arise.

ORCIDs [1] may present one such opportunity.  With some GSA researchers already signed up for these digital identifiers (which help to identify individuals, and enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers and their contributions), and with systems such as JeS [2] now asking for ORCIDs as part of their grant submission process, we will be exploring ways that RADAR can expose these identifiers, and  thereby highlight researchers and their work still further.

The 2017/18 RADAR roadmap was considered by the GSA’s Research and Enterprise Committee last month, and we will be updating REC on developments over the course of the current academic year.  The roadmap is available on request from the RADAR team (details below); look out for news and updates via the RADAR blog and the Research Office Campaign Monitor too.

As ever, please get in touch if you have any comments or questions about RADAR; for now, we hope you have a relaxing festive season, and a happy new year – with all good wishes from the RADAR team.