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LRA Top 10 Items (April 2012)

Posted by gazjjohnson on 9 May, 2012

Here are the most heavily accessed records on the LRA for the month of April 2012. A mix of old and new items as always.

  1. Mobile technologies and learning (Naismith, Laura et al)
     
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LRA Highly Accessed Articles Feb 2012

Posted by gazjjohnson on 6 March, 2012

Here are the most access articles on the LRA in Feb 2012

  1. An efficient and effective system for interactive student feedback using Google+ to enhance an institutional virtual learning environment (Cann, Alan James) (2381/10087)
  2. The Impact of Labour Turnover: Theory and Evidence from UK Micro-Data (Garino, Gaia et al) (2381/4441)
  3. Astronomy and ancient Greek cult : an application of archaeoastronomy to Greek religious architecture, cosmologies and landscapes (Boutsikas, Efrosyni) (2381/7566)
  4. Financial Development, Economic Growth and Stock Market Volatility: Evidence from Nigeria and South Africa (Ndako, Umar Bida) (2381/8924)
  5. The challenges of insider research in educational institutions: wielding a double-edged sword and resolving delicate dilemmas (Mercer, Justine) (2381/4677)
  6. The propagation of VHF and UHF radio waves over sea paths (Sim, Chow Yen Desmond) (2381/7444)
  7. Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change (Sandell, Richard) (2381/52)
  8. Facebook, social integration and informal learning at university: ‘It is more for socialising and talking to friends about work than for actually doing work’ (Madge, Clare et al) (2381/9016)
  9. What is land cover? (Comber, Alexis J. et al) (2381/4655)
  10. Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care (Pitchforth, Emma et al) (2381/309)

As usual I’ve written to all the authors still working here at Leicester, and our Number One this month Alan has already blogged about his thoughts on the subject.

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LRA Top Accessed Items: January 2012

Posted by gazjjohnson on 14 February, 2012

  1. Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change (Sandell, Richard) (2381/52)

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Deposit to LRA now via IRIS

Posted by gazjjohnson on 4 January, 2012

As many readers will be aware over the past year the LRA team has been working with the Research Office and ITS to integrate Leicester Research Archive more closely with central systems; in particular the IRIS research information management platform.  As of late December this has now gone live – which means all non-thesis deposits of publications now need to go via IRIS; rather than being emailed to the LRA team as in the past.

Hopefully this will make it much easier for authors to check what they have/haven’t deposited as of yet; as well as for the LRA team too.  There is a guide to the process available from the Library webpages, which we’ll be updating over the coming weeks with answers to any FAQs that we receive.

If you do have any particular questions – either comment here or drop a line to me or my team and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Top LRA Items for November 2011

Posted by gazjjohnson on 5 December, 2011

Here are the most accessed items on the LRA in November 2011

  1. Financial Development, Economic Growth and Stock Market Volatility: Evidence from Nigeria and South Africa Ndako, Umar Bida
  2. High Performance Work Practices: Work Intensification or ‘Win-win’? Sparham, Eimer et al
  3. The propagation of VHF and UHF radio waves over sea paths Sim, Chow Yen Desmond
  4. Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change Sandell, Richard
  5. Facebook, social integration and informal learning at university: ‘It is more for socialising and talking to friends about work than for actually doing work’ Madge, Clare et al
  6. Ethics and Plagiarism – helping undergraduates write right Willmott, Christopher J.R. et al
  7. Introducing undergraduate students to scientific reports Willmott, Christopher J.R. et al
  8. The List of Threatening Experiences: a subset of 12 life event categories with considerable long-term contextual threat Brugha, Traolach S. et al
  9. Measuring the efficiency of European airlines: an application of DEA and Tobit Analysis Fethi, Meryem Duygun et al
  10. Optimal Number of Response Categories in Rating Scales: Reliability, Validity, Discriminating Power, and Respondent Preferences Preston, Carolyn C. et al

An interesting split with the top half of the table being mainstays from recent months, but with the lower half all being new materials. Notably the articles by Chris Willmott (et al) had been actively marketed by the academic this month, with links back to the LRA as the primary access route. Notably, fewer theses than in recent months are also seen in the table.

Don’t forget you can follow all the new additions to the LRA on twitter – UoLLRA.

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LRA Top Accesses for January 2011

Posted by gazjjohnson on 2 February, 2011

This month sees a notable improvement in access to the LRA, and a dramatic increase in the number of page views. Two things strike me as I look at the statistics this month. Firstly the top item is possibly the single highest individual monthly access since records began.

Chatting to the author and Prof Graham Shipley as I shared the good news it transpired that Prof Shipley shared the handle on the Classicist global mailing list, which accounts for the two peaks of access. The second thing I notice is the broad spread of items from all Colleges; especially heartening to see the strong interest in Arts, Humanities and Law based materials, which represent proportionally the smallest collection on the LRA. 

  1. Delos: Investigating the notion of privacy within the ancient Greek house (Burke, Samantha) (2381/8947)
  2. Female Fandom in an English ‘Sports City’: A sociological study of female spectating and consumption around sport (Pope, Stacey Elizabeth) (2381/8343)
  3. Design of Flight Controllers based on Simplified LPV model of a UAV (Gu, Da-Wei et al) (2381/3879)
  4. Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care (Pitchforth, Emma et al) (2381/309)
  5. Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change (Sandell, Richard) (2381/52)
  6. Saint Christopher Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches, c.1250-c.1500 (Pridgeon , Eleanor Elizabeth) (2381/7964)
  7. Teaching presentation skills to undergraduates: Students’ evaluations of a workshop course. (Colman, Andrew M.) (2381/537)
  8. The Impact of Labour Turnover: Theory and Evidence from UK Micro-Data (Garino, Gaia et al) (2381/4441)
  9. Aspects of speleogenesis in the Carboniferous limestone of North Derbyshire (Beck, John Salisbury) (2381/7561)
  10. The propagation of VHF and UHF radio waves over sea paths (Sim, Chow Yen Desmond) (2381/7444)
  11. The molecular characterisation of narcissus latent virus and Maclura mosaic virus (Badge, Joanne Louise) (2381/8993)

It’s worth highlighting that the joint 10th item on the list is the 700th thesis added to the LRA, which was actually added at the request of Dr Jo Badge herself early in January via the EThOS scanning service.  As I celebrated this fact on the social networks, it’s perhaps little surprise that it has such a high level of access so early in its availability (although it could just be that Jo writes a good thesis!)

I should add, that if any of our local academics did their thesis at Leicester then we can arrange to have it digitised via the British Library’s EThOS service.  This is a limited time offer that may well expire come Sept this year, so get in touch with ethesis@le.ac.uk sooner rather than later!  The process takes between 10-30 days, and we will need the author to sign a consent form in order to allow us to progress the request.

A little change in the lower end of the top 10 countries of access is about all we see though in terms of the geographical spread of access.

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. India
  4. Germany
  5. Canada
  6. China
  7. France
  8. Malaysia
  9. Italy
  10. Australia

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LRA Top Research items at Leicester Dec 2010

Posted by gazjjohnson on 11 January, 2011

Happy new year, and welcome once again to the highlights from the Leicester Research Archive for the past month.

  1. (1st equal) Female Fandom in an English ‘Sports City’: A sociological study of female spectating and consumption around sport (Pope, Stacey Elizabeth Sociology Thesis)
  2. (1st equal) Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change (Sandell, Richard Museum Studies Article)
  3. The propagation of VHF and UHF radio waves over sea paths (Sim, Chow Yen Desmond Engineering Thesis)
  4. Ancient Egyptian astronomy: timekeeping and cosmography in the new kingdom (Symons, Sarah Mathematics Thesis)
  5. Visions of a new Jerusalem: predictive fiction in the Second World War (Hooley, Tristram English Thesis)
  6. (6th equal) Pedagogical models for podcasts in higher education (Edirisingha, Palitha et al BDRA Conference Paper)
  7. (6th equal) The costs of Activity-Based Management (Armstrong, Peter Management Article)
  8. Teaching presentation skills to undergraduates: Students’ evaluations of a workshop course (Colman, Andrew M. Psychology Article)
  9. Measuring the efficiency of European airlines: an application of DEA and Tobit Analysis (Fethi, Meryem Duygun et al Management Report)
  10. (10th equal) Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care (Pitchforth, Emma et al Health Sciences Article)
  11. (10th equal) Thomas C. Schelling’s psychological decision theory: Introduction to a special issue (Colman, Andrew M Psychology Article)

A good mix and spread from across the university’s disciplines.  In terms of countries accessing the LRA, there were a few new surprises appearing in the top 10.

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. India
  4. China
  5. Germany
  6. Canada
  7. Iran
  8. Italy
  9. Japan
  10. Taiwan

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Most used repository items for Nov 2010

Posted by gazjjohnson on 2 December, 2010

 

 

Once again we have a rich collection of theses and other full text materials.  What is most interesting is that the top item has almost 400 downloads in a month (or about 100 times the lifetime borrowing rate of a printed thesis!) which is pretty astonishing when all is said and done.

  1.  Ancient Egyptian astronomy: timekeeping and cosmography in the new kingdom (Symons, Sarah) (Thesis, Mathematics)
  2. Female Fandom in an English ‘Sports City’: A sociological study of female spectating and consumption around sport (Pope, Stacey Elizabeth) (Thesis, sociology)
  3. Visions of a new Jerusalem: predictive fiction in the Second World War (Hooley, Tristram) (Thesis, English)
  4. Pedagogical models for podcasts in higher education (Edirisingha, Palitha et al) (Conference paper, BDRA)
  5.  Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change (Sandell, Richard) (Musum Studies, Article)
  6.  The costs of Activity-Based Management (Armstrong, Peter) (Management, Article)
  7. Teaching presentation skills to undergraduates: Students’ evaluations of a workshop course. (Colman, Andrew M.) (Psychology, Article)
  8.  Shifting (A)Genders: Gender, Disability and the Cyborg in American Women’s Science Fiction (Smith, Susan Ursula Anne) (English, Thesis)
  9. Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care (Pitchforth, Emma et al) (Health Sciences, Article)
  10.  Directing democracy: the case of the John Lewis partnership (Cathcart, Abigail) (Management, Thesis)

Meanwhile there’s been a bit of movement in the top countries accessing the LRA – even if it’s the same 10 as last month.

1 United Kingdom
2 United States
3 Canada
4 Germany
5 India
6 Italy
7 China
8 France
9 Australia
10 Iran

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Who’s using what to access our repository?

Posted by gazjjohnson on 11 November, 2010

I’ve oft quoted that since our repository began that at least 5 accesses have been with the Nintendo Wii. I had a meeting this afternoon to talk open access and educational resources with the delightful Terese Bird of the BDRA (on Project SPIDER business), and the topic came up. She posed the question about m-devices, and how often they were accessing the LRA’s resources. Gotta confess I had no idea, but I went away to find out. The results are below (for the last year since 11/10/2009 to date)

O/s of people accessing the LRA (Nov 09-Nov 10)

  1. Windows 90.57%
  2. Macintosh 7.15%
  3. Linux 1.57%
  4. iPhone 0.26%
  5. (not set) 0.16%
  6. iPad 0.09%
  7. iPod 0.06%
  8. Android 0.04%
  9. SymbianOS 0.03%
  10. BlackBerry 0.02%

Well colour me not very surprised that the vast amount of accesses are via Windows PCs (although I’d be interested to know how that Windows/Apple split matches up against supposed market shares in academia!).  M-devices are, as I expected, fairly low (around 0.5% in total). 

O/s of people accessing the LRA (Nov 08-Nov 09)

  1. Windows 91.61%
  2. Macintosh 6.69%
  3. Linux 1.29%
  4. (not set) 0.23%
  5. iPhone 0.09%
  6.  iPod 0.04%
  7. SunOS 0.02%
  8. SymbianOS 0.01%
  9. BlackBerry 0.01%
  10. Android > 0.00%

Now when you compare it with 2008-9 figures over the same period you get ~0.15%, so the latest figure is a tripling of access by mobile devices in a single year.  What do I expect to see by this time in 2011?  Well getting on for around 2% – or a much more dramatic rise?  I suspect the latter as iPads and the like make their way out into the market more.  Which means in terms of developing our repository, the use of m-devices needs to be a consideration – not an overwhelming one yet, but certainly one that we take very seriously.

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Most used repository items for September 2010

Posted by gazjjohnson on 1 October, 2010

Here are the top 10 accessed items on the LRA in the past month

  1. Lead-free soldering alloys: microstructure optimization for electronic applications. Belyakov, Sergey  (Thesis)
  2. Saint Christopher Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches, c.1250-c.1500. Pridgeon , Eleanor Elizabeth (Thesis)
  3. Advanced control of photovoltaic converters. Liu. Ying (Thesis)
  4. Thai celebrity culture and the Bangkok teenage audience.  Thapthiang, Nuwan (Thesis)
  5. The Impact of Labour Turnover: Theory and Evidence from UK Micro-Data Garino. Gaia et al (Report)
  6. Human Rights in Turkey: A Comparative Perspective on Violation and Resolution. Straw, David William Matthew (Thesis)
  7. Succinct DOM. Delpratt, O’Neil et al (Conference Paper)
  8. A Study of Solidification Structure Evolution during Investment Casting of Ni-based Superalloy for Aero-Engine Turbine Blades. Dai, Huijuan (Thesis)
  9. Electrofinishing of metals using eutectic based ionic liquids. Abbott, A.P. et al (Article)
  10. Effects of Long-Term High Temperature Exposure on the Microstructure of Haynes Alloy 230. Veverková, Jana (Thesis)

What is notable is the high proportion of theses getting a heady use on the repository – they are around 10% of the collection as a total, but unlike the 44% full-text items as a whole for the LRA, around 99.9% of theses on the repository are available in full text.  They’re also a unique research resource that is otherwise very much underused.  In contrast theses from Leicester on Ethos appear to be used around 1/10 as often, which is perhaps not a big surprise given the requirement to register before accessing any of their content.

Meanwhile the top countries accessing the LRA last month were as follows (no change from last month):

  1. UK
  2. USA
  3. India
  4. Australia
  5. Germany

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Most used repository items for August 2010

Posted by gazjjohnson on 8 September, 2010

Here are the top 10 accessed items on the LRA in the past month

  1. The Impact of Labour Turnover: Theory and Evidence from UK Micro-Data Garino. Gaia et al (Report)
  2. Advanced control of photovoltaic converters. Liu. Ying (Thesis)
  3. Lead-free soldering alloys: microstructure optimization for electronic applications. Belyakov, Sergey  (Thesis)
  4. Electrofinishing of metals using eutectic based ionic liquids. Abbott, A.P. et al (Article)
  5. Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change. Sandell, Richard  (Article)
  6. Human Rights in Turkey: A Comparative Perspective on Violation and Resolution. Straw, David William Matthew (Thesis)
  7. Succinct DOM. Delpratt, O’Neil et al (Conference Paper)
  8. Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care. Pitchforth, Emma (Article)
  9. A Study of Solidification Structure Evolution during Investment Casting of Ni-based Superalloy for Aero-Engine Turbine Blades. Dai, Huijuan (Thesis)
  10. Saint Christopher Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches, c.1250-c.1500. Pridgeon , Eleanor Elizabeth (Thesis)

Once again all the entries in this list are full text resources, and given that the LRA recently achieved a 44% Full-text content this is perhaps less surprising.  The top countries accessing the LRA last month were as follows:

  1. UK
  2. USA
  3. India
  4. Australia
  5. Germany

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Repositories and CRIS WRN event article

Posted by gazjjohnson on 23 August, 2010

Nick Sheppard, Leeds Met University (aka MrNick on twitter) has written a good article in the most recent Ariadne about the Welsh Repository Network/JISC workshop back in May looking at the interaction between CRISes* and repository systems.  As I was unable to get to this event due to prior commitments, it was good to have a chance to catch up on the discussions.

I was interested to note that a CRIS (Current Research Information Systems) can go by many names – given that the UoL Research Office often refer to them as RIMS – Research Information Management Systems.  They’re not alone as many universities seem to have renamed them as RMAS or ERA and the like.  But at their heart they are systems that not only gather in research publication data (and much more), but actively link to other systems – chief among them from my perspective interlinking with a repository.

The question “Is an IR a subset of a CRIS?” posed by one speaker (Simon Kerridge, ARMA) is an interesting one.  Having seen a number of recent CRIS vendor demos, it is one that is clearly approached in different ways by different organisations.  Some very much see the IR as a satellite system, fed largely (but not entirely) by the CRIS.  For others it is more of a subsumed system – with a visible front end peeking out, but the rest of the body absorbed by the greater whole.  I must confess so long as the workflows for such issues as rights verification and data management are still handled by the elite repository administration team I don’t have an especial problem either way.  However, if a CRIS/Repository union means that a repo is just a reflection of the CRIS data set, locked down without the additional resources embodied and ingested by the IR over and above the REF related items; well then I’m a little more uneasy.

The talk from St Andrews’ Data architect Anna Clements (which came with some interesting but not readily comprehensible diagrams) brought up the CERIF standard.  Interesting that St Andrews has been pursuing links to their repository for far longer than many other institutions, which has demonstrated the advantages of working closely together with research support personnel (something I’ve benefited from here at Leicester in the past two years and can heartily concur).

Meanwhile William Nixon and Valerie McCutchean of Glasgow gave a very useful overview of the integration of the repository with a CRIS.  I was able to plot from my own experiences whereabouts we are in this process here at Leicester.  They raised a valuable point about author authorities – something that has long concerned me as an issue to which I don’t have a ready solution.  In some regards I’m hoping the CRIS implementation here will allow us to tackle and resolve this at that point – given that unique IDing of authors is something that is key for bibliometrics and REF returns alike.  I notice William doesn’t appear to have offered a solution though in his talk, which is perhaps a slight concern for me.  I wonder how difficult it is going to be to match an author of a non-REF item that routes into the repository from beyond the CRIS with the institutional verfiied author list.  And what about external additional authors?  I suspect this is going to be a major issue for me and my team to resiolve and one that I’d welcome external insight on.

Finally my old friend Jackie Knowles talked about the pitfalls of implementation – most of which I am, thankfully, already well aware.  I think we definiely need more of these warts and all case study examples though; as at the end of the day those of us working at the sharp end of repository/CRIS interlinking will need to know how to work around so many of them.

It sounds like this was an excellent day (and perhaps in serious need for near future repeating!) and a definite must read artilce for anyone about to establish, or already working towards, a CRIS/Repository interlink.

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