Eindhoven University of Technology opted for Elsevier’s Pure as the successor to the research information system Metis. Pure is an authoritative software solution for evidence based research information and has many advantages over its predecessor.
A current research information system (CRIS) is a database or other information system to store and manage data about research conducted at an institution. A CRIS enables the institution and its researchers to keep track of research output in the form of publications and datasets, through which research activity can be measured. Entrepreneurs, the public and media use a CRIS to stay informed on research conducted at the institution.
The entire collection of research output at an institution in the form of publications is generally described as the repository. The term is both used for the system that enables end user access to the full text and metadata, as well as the actual collection itself. It is also one of the ways to achieve open access publishing; uploading a draft version of a document in the repository is commonly known as green open access, a cost free option to meet the requirements.
The CRIS system is used to enter and upload full text and metadata, which is then displayed and searchable through a repository interface
Pure is created by the Danish company Atira, now part of Elsevier. Pure is used by many renowned universities around the world.
Pure enables TU/e researchers to store, administer, and publish research from within a single system, supported by project, organization and staff information. The system aggregates research information from internal and external sources; publications can be entered manually or retrieved (automatically) from sources as Scopus, Web of Science, arXiv and Mendeley.
The key concept is that every researcher on campus will become a Pure user, and will have the option to keep track of their own research(output), or delegate this task to a group administrator. Organization and staff data in Pure will be synchronized with campus HR systems, so that a relation between this data and publications can either be constructed automatically or manually. The system has features to uniquely identify a researcher based on staff information, link to their research online and download additional metadata into Pure itself. A new feature (which was not available in Metis) is the synchronization of project information into the system, which will give users a combined view on project status information and research output.
Web based interface
Pure consists of a web based interface, which is supported by many modern browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. The web interface enables TU/e users to access and update their research information from anywhere without the need of installing a client on their PC. It is simply a matter of pointing the browser to the TU/e access page, and using your TU/e network credentials to log in.
Pure offers two solutions for storing and hosting research information; in the cloud and local. We have opted for a local implementation, to ensure maximum security on the stored research data, and links with internal databases such as HR. Full text versions of publications will be stored within Pure, access can be restricted to world, campus only or Pure users only, with the option to keep publication (meta)data private to certain (linked) authors/users.
Pure will assist TU/e researchers in meeting the requirements set by the EU and Dutch government regarding open access. By determining publication deadlines via external sources and library staff support, and using project information that will be stored in Pure, a link between funding source and open access duties can be determined.
After implementing Pure, researchers can start using Pure’s full text repository as a means of open access publishing right away. At a later stage Pure reporting and alerting will be used to inform researchers on open access requirements related to their publications.
Pure is also used as the source system for some of the profile information on your personal webpage on the TU/e website (Employee Pages, or EP). Through the Pure interface this information can be maintained (for both scientific and support staff). For more information on this please refer to our intranet page about Employee Pages.