About lucyayre

I blog to voice my musings and connect with people who share my interests. My posts will contain information about open access publishing, institutional repositories, digital scholarship, research and learning support. I may creep in some ideas and experiences relating to two of my big loves - food and live music! I bounced from Nottingham - Norwich - London and back to Nottingham, working at the University of Derby and often seeking opportunities to escape to the country or a festival for a day or a weekend.

Digi Know: How to Be a Digital Scholar

The world of research is growing bigger, faster, thanks largely to innovations in technology. At Derby our academics are using learning technologies in the classroom to teach in more dynamic ways, from in-class polling and quizzes to producing video case studies and creating virtual reality work environments. Resources such as Online Reading Lists and Box of Broadcasts are making it possible to compile content in a way that is responsive to our ever-changing and fast developing news cycles. We can use Open Access repositories to find research more readily publications and data that may have previously been unavailable to us or outside of our library subscriptions. Social Media is being used inside and outside the classroom to communicate and inform debates, and ever-evolving literature databases are making it easier for the online student or academic to find and manage their academic references.

The Digital Derby project is shining a spotlight on all of this good practice at Derby, and revealing ways in which staff can develop their  own digital capabilities across six identified elements


Credit: JISC Digital Capabilities Framework https://digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org/wp/

Where does this leave the researcher? A couple of months ago I blogged about ORCiD, a tool to aid the academic researcher who publishes and wants to be identifiable and discoverable online. Since then I have been reading up more on the broader term of Digital Scholarship (one of the six elements pictured above) and produced a short presentation on what it is and how some of the professional services at Derby can support the academic researcher who wants to become more equipped, digitally. See the video below –


Don’t take it from me, I’m a humble Learning Technology Advisor / Librarian! If you’re interested in finding out more about being a Digital Academic, read this blog post from academic Jenny Delaselle.


Digi Know: ORCID as a tool for Digital Scholarship

An academic or author in the internet-age can access a worldwide network of researchers writing and publishing on similar interests. But how do you distinguish your work from others? Have you come across a researcher with the same name as you, but publishes in an entirely different discipline? Have you changed your name, suddenly making it difficult to collate all your research activities into one coherent place? Have you noticed an article that references your work but incorrectly spells your name?
An ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) is a tool that connects you, consistently and authoritatively, with your online research activities. It gives you a unique digital identity which can be kept throughout your career.
Ultimately, the goal of ORCID is to improve discoverability, reduce repetitive data entry, allowing researchers and organizations more time to focus on research and scholarly pursuits. Users enhance their ORCID with professional information and link to any other research identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn). ORCID can then be used to automatically update grant or publication submission systems and in any research workflow (including UDORA) to ensure accurate and updated information from one source, which is controlled by the researcher.

What is ORCID? from ORCID on Vimeo.

Further reading from the academic’s perspective:
Anstey, A (2014), ‘How can we be certain who authors really are? Why ORCID is important to the British Journal of Dermatology’, The British Journal Of Dermatology, 171, 4, pp. 679-680

Further reading from the  librarian’s perspective:
Meadows, A (2016), ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about ORCID … but were afraid to ask’, College & Research Libraries News, 77, 1, pp. 23-30.

Further reading from the  publisher’s perspective:
Haak, L, Fenner, M, Paglione, L, Pentz, E, & Ratner, H (2012), ‘ORCID: a system to uniquely identify researchers’Learned Publishing, 25, 4, pp. 259-264.