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Q & A

What is the main objective of Pure?

  • Maximise the  visibility and accessibility of TU Delft research output to such a degree that researchers worldwide can benefit from the output and build further on it, thus benefitting society.

What are the main benefits of Pure?

  • Visibility & Accessibility: Pure offers a good way to enter research into one relational database and make scientific knowledge as widely available as possible online and free of charge to all users via the familiar online channels, including our own WorldCat Discovery. In short, Pure supports one of the main processes of TU Delft: research. Research output entered in Pure is automatically deposited in the TU Delft Institutional Repository, meeting the Open Access policy requirements and giving researchers worldwide the opportunity to benefit from TU Delft research.
  • Harvesting: Research output entered in Pure is harvested by Google Scholar and visible on that platform. Pure harvests from Web of Science and Scopus. Over time more harvesting sources will be added after consultation with users inside and outside TU Delft.
  • Variety of (profile) features: Pure offers, amongst other things, the possibility to enter ‘secondary’ research output (e.g. newspaper articles, radio interviews) and to create and update specified CVs. It’s also very easy to export data from Pure in a word, excel, pdf, html, RIS (RefMan) or a BibTeX file or to export profile information to Linkedin, for example. Also, Pure can visualise networks and relations based on research topics for example, making it easy for researchers to discover and connect with other researchers. 
  • Management information: Pure enables us to build reports and ensure that the data that drives our strategic decisions is trusted, comprehensive and accessible in real time.

 How does Pure work?

  • As of 1 May 2016, Pure is TU Delft’s new Current Research Information System (CRIS) . The previous system, Metis, is no longer active and only available for reference purposes.
  • Research output entered in Pure is automatically deposited in the TU Delft Institutional Repository . The TU Delft Library manages both the Pure system and the TU Delft Institutional Repository and offers the necessary support.
  • Every TU Delft researchers can logon to Pure (with netid and password) via the Pure portal. This is the logon page.
  • There are four ways in which data can be imported in Pure:
    • Harvesting (automated process overnight from Web of Science and Scopus)
    • Import from online source (personal harvesting)
    • File import
    • Manual import (handmatig importeren)
  • Pure harvests from Web of Science and Scopus, over time more harvesting sources will be added by Elsevier (owner of Pure) after consultation with Pure users inside and outside TU Delft.
  • Research output entered in Pure is harvested by Google Scholar and visible on that platform.
  • It’s also very easy to export data from Pure in a word, excel, pdf, html, RIS (RefMan) or a BibTeX file.
  • Pure contains content as well as metadata. The long-term goal is to have only metadata in Pure and to have all the content stored in the TU Delft Institutional Repository, but this is not technically possible yet.
  • New (improved) versions of Pure will be released over time. The exact release dates for TU Delft will be communicated in due course.

What is the relationship between Open Science and Pure?

  • TU Delft is dedicated to making a significant contribution to finding responsible solutions to societal problems, at both a national and international level. Our mission is to deliver Science to Society. Open Science is an important way to achieve this.
  • The Open Access policy (effective 1 May 2016) requires that TU Delft researchers deposit their research output by default in the TU Delft Institutional Repository via Pure, in the same way they now publish in journals or books, to give researchers worldwide the opportunity to benefit from TU Delft research, thus benefiting society.

How does the Pure workflow look like?

  • The primary process at TU Delft, the research process, describes all the steps a researchers goes through from idea generation to publication.
  • Pure plays a role in the publication phase of the research process, as the Open Access policy requires researchers to deposit the complete text of their publication in the TU Delft Institutional Repository via Pure. 
  • To ensure accuracy and consistency, the project team has created uniform workflows together with the faculties. These workflows will be evaluated periodically and renewed when necessary.
  • ‘Who does what’ can differ per faculty as each faculty creates its own implementation strategy together with the project team. Options are: ‘we enter our research output in Pure ourselves’, ‘we do it together with the Library’ or ‘the Library does it for us’. The work remains the same, only the people responsible for the different steps in the workflows can differ per faculty.
  • In 2017 all faculties will work according to the agreed Pure workflow per faculty.

How will Pure be rolled out?

  • Currently, key Pure users in every faculty and the Library staff are trained to use Pure. This group will be slowly expanded to all CRIS users
  • Instruction manuals are available on this site. More instruction manuals will be made available in the next couple of months.
  • The Pure project team will host Pure workshops at the faculties for a small number of faculty representatives to inform them about Pure (what it is, benefits and how it works) and to get their feedback.
  • Following the workshop and based on the input from the workshop attendees, the project team and faculty contact persons will decide how to communicate specifically per faculty. Goal is to create a plan (per faculty) that ensures effective implementation of Pure.
  • Researchers will be informed in more detail about the use of Pure and trained accordingly in due course.
  • All information regarding Pure and how it works is published on this Pure information site.

How to create or connect your ORCID iD in Pure?

  • Your publisher may have asked for an ORCID iD when you submitted a publication or you may have already chosen to set up an ORCID profile to promote your research output. As an increasing number of publishers, research funders, and universities adopt ORCID, having your ORCID iD in Pure will maximize the opportunity for system integrations in the future. Here is How to create and add your ORCID iD in Pure.

 

Basic Pure instruction manuals are available on the Instructions & Support page. If you have any questions about Pure and/or need support, please reach out to the Pure contact person at your faculty.

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