This is an update on the transition of our institutional repository from Opus (http://opus.bath.ac.uk/ ) to the Research Portal (https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/ ).
Opus (Eprints) has been our open access repository since 2008, making the research articles, conference papers, theses, etc., by Bath authors available online. Since 2012 Opus has been integrated with Pure*. Researchers have added publication metadata and full text to Pure which has then been surfaced online via the Opus website.
The roll-out of the Research Portal, which includes profiles for academic authors and fingerprinting functionality (mining keywords from full text) has been completed. The Portal also showcases our research projects, equipment and datasets. We are now in the process of applying redirects on Opus URLs for publications to their equivalent Research Portal URL. We expect this to be complete in the next few weeks. After this, Opus will be decommissioned and the Research Portal will be serving our research publications to the world.
We’ve been busy redirecting harvesting sites and search engines like Google Scholar to the Research Portal. Academics have been informed about the Research Portal, and are being encouraged to update their profiles. Pure and the Research Portal fulfil our Open Access obligations for the REF and funders.
What does this mean for your links?
We have a commitment to preserve the full text of our research publications via our institutional repository. All of the documents and metadata records in Opus are available from the Portal, however if you’ve been using Opus for publication lists, you will need to update your links to the equivalent Portal lists as there are no redirects set up for these. There are RSS feeds available from browse and search results on the Portal to help. A frequent related request we have is how to set the Portal to automatically tweet new outputs. There are some nifty tools available for this – we’ve used IfThisThenthat to good effect but would love to hear other ideas.
For individual publication URLs, a redirect will be in place to take readers to the same output page on the Portal. If you’re able to edit the Opus URL on your site and update this to the Portal URL, please do.
If you have any questions, please get in touch via openaccess at bath.ac.uk.
*Pure is available for Bath users from: https://purehost.bath.ac.uk/admin/ You will need your Bath username and passsword.