Digital Identity Health Check for Researchers

Managed strategically, your online presence can be an effective tool for:

  • networking
  • publicising your work and expertise
  • public engagement
  • information discovery


In a workshop I run for doctoral researchers I ask: when choosing where to do your doctorate, did you Google the name of your potential supervisor? They all say ‘yes’. And they won’t be the only ones searching for you.

So when you do an online search for your name, what comes up?

The Digital Identity Health Check for Academics from offers 10 easy to implement tips for improving your visibility as a researcher online, including:

  • Create profiles on sites that rank highly in search results – Your University of Bath research portal profile is set up for search engine optimisation and will usually appear near the top of search results for your name. Are you making the most of your profile page? Use Pure to add information about your research interests, a picture and links to your profiles on other sites.
  • Manage your name with ORCID – An ORCID is a unique, persistent identifier for an individual researcher. You can use ORCID to distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar names and save time when it comes to sharing information about your publishing and research activities. Come to my Using ORCID workshop on 11th March to set up and connect your ORCID.
  • Measure your research impact online – Set up alerts to notify you of citations to your publications and explore other online attention to your publications by perusing the ‘donuts’ for your papers. These appear automatically on your University of Bath research portal page. Contact me for advice on using these and other indicators to evidence the strength of your publishing track record.

I’d also recommend looking at other researchers’ digital identities. What’s their style and what can you learn from them? What makes for a good online presence?

For expert 1-to-1 advice about using social media, book yourself in for an appointment at the University’s monthly Social Media Café with Social Media Manager Tom Mason.

Be strategic: you don’t need to use every social media tool and academic networking site. Consider your priorities and what you want your digital identity to do for you and choose appropriate tools to achieve this.

Be visible! Library Research Services can support you with developing your publishing strategy, sharing your research outputs online and tracking attention to your publications. Why not come to one of our regular workshops on Managing your digital identity as a researcher?

Katie Evans, Research Analytics Librarian

January 2019

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Digitised Theses in the Research Portal

We are pleased to announce that a project to digitise all Bath theses and upload them to Pure so the are available via the Research Portal is nearing completion. Staff from the Library, Computer Services, and Research and Innovation Service spent time over the summer and autumn uploading over 2,000 digitised records which can now be accessed for free on the Portal.


Since 2008 the University has required students to upload an e-copy of their thesis to Pure as well as submit a hard copy to the Library. Prior to this date only a paper copy was submitted and stored on level one of the Library. In order to increase access and discoverability of these historical theses, several years ago the University contracted ProQuest to digitise them all. Having uploaded the majority to Pure, you can now find theses dating back to the 1970s on the Research Portal.


Once the project is complete the earliest thesis available will be from 1967, awarded just one year after the University received its royal charter. What speedy writers they must have been!

The British Library will soon start harvesting the theses from Pure meaning they will also be available via their well-established EThOS service.

We currently have 4000 e-theses records in the Portal and this will continue to grow as new theses are awarded and uploaded to the system. With around five to ten deposits added every week the numbers will soon increase!


As well as showcasing their theses to the world, students can make the most of Pure’s functionality by linking out to the datasets that underpin the research, as well as to publications that may have derived from their studies.

Usage statistics indicate that our student theses are some of the most downloaded outputs from the Research Portal. Roland Hudson’s thesis ‘Strategies for Parametric Design in Architecture: An application of practice led research‘ has been downloaded nearly 19,000 times since 2010. And Carlos Finol Parra’s ‘Heat transfer investigations in a modern diesel engine‘ from 2008 comes in at almost 17,000 views over the last decade.

We hope that by making all our theses openly available even more people will be able to discover and access the valuable research conducted by our doctoral students.

For any questions related to e-theses at the University of Bath please contact Hannah DeGroff, Scholarly Communications Librarian (



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New Year’s Refurbishment – Library Levels 1 and 5

During the Christmas break we upgraded some of our most popular spaces! This brings more seats, power and a refreshed look and feel whilst harking back to our history.

Level 5

Level 5 East study area

The study area on the East side of the floor adjacent to the Postgraduate workroom has been repainted, refitted with new carpet, new tables with power sockets and extra seating capacity. There are now spaces for 14 more people, leaving room for just a little more growth before we reach our maximum capacity for the floor. Dictionary collections have also been relocated to create extra space to enable future space development.

Level 1

To complete the major refurbishment over Summer which created a new 115 seat study space, vinyl directional signage and wall art have now been added to the area. The art work complements the Terence Conran inspired paint scheme as it draws on the same curtain design. It also incorporates images from the University Archive provided by our Archivist Lizzie Richmond. These showcase some of the history of our building and the changes that have taken place. For example, the efforts of student volunteers to transfer 60,000 books and journals by hand to our new building when it first opened in February 1971.

Level 1 archive wall art

At the same time we have focused on bringing the rest of the floor up to spec. This includes the main corridor connecting the staircase, right through the horse-shoe shaped study area and the adjacent Level 1 Training Room.

Library 1967 Plan Level 1

Wall art: Library Plan Level 1, 1967

New lighting, carpeting and paint work have made a massive difference. It is now lighter, brighter and more welcoming environment for study.

New chairs have also been added to the Training Room. We only await installation of new projectors and microphones during Inter-Semester Break. This AV equipment improves on the previous kit and will enable our Library training sessions in this room to be recorded using Panopto lecture capture.

25% extra seats since 2014!

25% extra seats since 2014

These developments bring us to a grand total of 1,591 seats in the Library. This is an increase of 320 seats (25.2% extra) since 2014 (1,271 seats).

Alongside the various Learning Commons and Graduate Commons (on and off campus) which provide another 704 seats, there has been a significant boost in flexible study spaces in recent years. The total increase of 1,024 informal study spaces shows an 80.5% increase overall.

More power to you

Many of the desks in the Library have power sockets and we have been steadily adding these to those that do not. More than 250 desks have had power added to them in the last 2 years alone. You may also have noticed we have been adding sockets which include USB charging ports.

Finally, you may also have noticed we have re-carpeted the landing spaces on all levels in the North Staircase.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact library staff:



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Interoperability and Discoverability: An Overview of the Research Publication Systems we use at the University of Bath

A recurring theme across all of the work that takes place in Library Research Services is interoperability.

A key system we use across the team is Pure.  We work closely with colleagues in the University Research Office (RIS) to use this system and to support researchers, particularly with publications and data related issues.

capture2Both Pure and our Research Data Archive have relational functions for the exchange of information and for reporting and statistical purposes.  Other sites, such as ORCiD and EThOS harvest information from Pure, and services like IRUS-UK and ResearchFish help monitor and report on usage of records held in the system.

Discoverability is also a key theme.  Systems like Core, Google Data Search and the Library catalogue surface Pure data to users in their workflows.

New tools for interoperability and discoverability will develop over the next few years.  Part of the work we do in Library Research Services is to monitor and horizon scan for ways to maximise the visibility of the research produced at Bath.

If there are new systems that you believe are key to the dissemination or promotion of our outputs, please do get in touch.

Kara Jones, Head of Library Research Services

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Consent and commercialisation: negotiating the open data agenda whilst protecting participants and intellectual property

An increasing number of funders and publishers are supporting the open data agenda by requiring researchers to openly share the data that underpin research publications. Yet, the culture of open data sharing and opinions about the benefits of data sharing vary widely between and within disciplines in higher education. There are numerous discipline-specific data repositories listed on re3data for the social sciences and life sciences, but relatively few for engineering.


The Library Research Data Service runs courses on all aspects of data management and provides 1:1 advice to researchers. A common theme in questions raised by researchers is how to share data whilst protecting study participants or intellectual property. It is clear that, whilst the benefits of data sharing are understood, and generally accepted, there is some anxiety surrounding the ethics of data sharing, and concerns around the ability to maximise the academic and commercial value of the data by those who have created them.

There a number of actions that you can take throughout the data lifecycle to ensure that you are able to comply with funder and journal requirements whilst protecting your study participants and intellectual property. These are:

  • Ask your study participants for consent to preserve, share and re-use their anonymised data;
  • Negotiate the terms of data sharing with industrial and academic collaborators at the start of the study;
  • Anonymise data at the end of your study using the UK Data Service guidelines;
  • License your data at the time of deposit in a data archive or repository;
  • Deposit your data to a research data archive at time of publication but embargo access until you have registered patents, or otherwise protected intellectual property that can be commercialised;
  • Restrict access to sensitive data to bona fide researchers, and share data subject to data sharing agreements.

Funders and publishers will generally accept justifications for restricting data sharing for sensitive data, or delaying sharing for the protection of intellectual property. However, they will expect that these justifications will be provided within the data access / sharing / availability statements in papers.

If you would like more advice on data sharing you can contact the Library Research Data Service:

Alison Nightingale, Research Data Librarian

January 2019

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Library Research Services Week 2019

Following on from the success of our event last summer, the Library Research Services team would like to let you know that we are having another ‘Library Research Services week’ for 2019 and this will be held on 28th January – 1st February. The aim of this week is to raise the profile of Library Research Services to staff and students at the University.

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As well as a series of training and drop-in sessions (listed below), we will be setting up a stall at the bottom of the Claverton Dining Room stairs for the whole week. Guides to all our services will be available to pick up as you pass by.

Also look out for daily posts on the Library’s blog, as well as daily posts highlighting treasures from our Archives and Research Collections to the Library’s Instagram account. Other activities that are taking place during the week include:

Lunchtime training sessions



Choosing a Data Archive: Creating Impact from Data Sharing, Monday 28th January, 12:15-13:05 (Students click here to register, Staff click here)



A Quick Guide to Submitting your Thesis in Pure, Wednesday 30th January, 12:15-13:05



Beyond Impact Factor: Choosing Where to Publish, Thursday 31st January, 12:15-13:05 (Students click here to register, Staff click here)

Open Access Drop-In, 1st February


LRSweekopenaccessFor anyone keen to check the open access status of their research outputs, then please come along to our drop-in session with the Open Access Team on Friday 1st February (10am-4pm, Library 4.12, no need to book, just turn up!).

We can take a closer look at your research outputs in Pure and make sure that any open access requirements are being met – something that might be useful as we approach our next REF Readiness Exercise.

If you have questions about paying for open access we can help with that too!

For any questions about the week please contact Hannah DeGroff, Scholarly Communications Librarian (ext. 5114, or the Subject Librarian for your Department or School can point you in our direction.

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Country Life Magazine Archive 1897-2005

countrylifeWe have just acquired the Country Life magazine digital archive which features content from the very first issues in 1897 up to 2005. These are fully searchable in ProQuest’s database platform, which also includes several other architecture magazine archives we purchased in the last year – including online back issues for Architectural Review; The Architects’ Journal; The Canadian Architect, Apollo and more.

Country Life (formerly Country Life Illustrated) is a fantastic resource for 20th Century rural living, with a lot of detailed articles for those interested in architecture and landscaping, antiques and fine art, leisure and lifestyles, agriculture and much more. For those studying the conservation of historic buildings, the high quality images of historic interiors are a fantastic resource in themselves, many being rare or unique.

countrylife2The magazine is still going strong. In addition to our print back issues our longstanding subscription includes all subsequent content (2005 onward), shelved on Level 3 of the Library at PER 72. The most recent issue can be found in the associated Current Journal display in the North East corner of the floor.

Images provided by and used with permission of ProQuest LLC.



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