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6000th Record added to the LRA

Posted by gazjjohnson on 25 February, 2011

6000 AwardCupSound the fanfares!  I’m delighted to announce that we’ve added the 6,000th record to the Leicester Research Archive this week. 

Since the LRA is currently growing at around 1,600 items a year thanks to the hard work of Rob, Margaret and Valérie I’d expect we’ll easily see the 7,000 record this year (and with the implementation of the IRIS project perhaps even the 20,000th record!)

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300th Thesis

Posted by gazjjohnson on 4 August, 2010

We’ve passed a milestone for the LRA this week with the addition of the 300th new PhD ethesis onto the repository.  While we’ve got more than 300 theses on the LRA as a whole (525 actually as of today), many of these are older retrospective ones from before the 2008 introduction of a theses mandate from the University.

For interest here’s a link to the 300th one we added:

Andrew Robin Birley (2010) The nature and significance of extramural settlement at Vindolanda and other selected sites on the Northern Frontier of Roman Britain

Theses, as I’ve noted elsewhere, continue to be among our most popular items on the LRA, which is good for the author and the university too. My thanks to my team and everyone involved in the processing and ingest of this item.

Now on to our next 300!

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LRA hits 5,000 records

Posted by gazjjohnson on 21 June, 2010

The LRA (our institutional repository) has just passed 5,000 records.  Created in 2006 as a project, the LRA has shifted from project to service in the last year.  Last May saw the biggest change in the institutional framework when the University Senate approved the University of Leicester Research Publications Policy (aka our institutional mandate) requiring researchers here to submit any and all of their research publication outputs (articles, reports, working & conference papers etc) for inclusion; where copyright allows. 

While we’re still some way from achieving this, it is safe to say we’ve had a flood of new material coming into the LRA in the past 12 months, and hopefully this will continue.  In the coming year we’re looking towards augmenting the LRA with data from the Research Office’s research publications database (RED), and a hopeful integration with the next iteration of the research information management system – which should help speed our creation of records, and allow my hard working team to focus more closely on checking the rights situation of full text items.

My big thanks to the whole LRA administration team for their incredible hard work over the past year; and into the next!

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