Intellectual Property and Enterprise – a new theme this Spring

Over March and April, Research Bites will focus on Intellectual Property and Enterprise, covering topics such as:

  • copyright, your own, the University’s and third party
  • patents
  • design rights
  • trademarks
  • spin out companies
  • business / industry partnerships

Join us for an informal 20 minute session. Just turn up, no need to book. Tea/coffee and cake provided.

March – April 2016

Filing and commercialising a patent based on your research

Tuesday 8th March, 12.00, Bowland North SR 4
Using patents to generate impact and revenue from your research.
Gavin Smith, Intellectual Property Officer, Research and Enterprise Services

Trademarks, design rights and copyright

Thursday 17th March, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Expert advice on intellectual property rights, other than patents, for your invention or research output.
Gavin Smith, Intellectual Property Officer, Research and Enterprise Services

Starting a spin-out company from your research

Monday 11th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 19
Expert advice on forming a university company, running a company and obtaining finance.
Gavin Smith, Intellectual Property Officer, Research and Enterprise Services

Using copyright material in your research

Wednesday 13th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 19
What to do about third party copyright in your thesis or research output, and how to navigate the grey area of ‘fair dealing’.
Lorna Pimperton, Academic Liaison Librarian & Copyright Officer, Library

Licensing your work with Creative Commons

Tuesday 19th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Creative Commons licences and how they communicate what others can do with your work.
Lorna Pimperton, Academic Liaison Librarian & Copyright Officer, Library

How do I engage with business, and get industry partnerships?

Wednesday 27th April, 12.00, Bowland North SR 4
A look at how to gain more meaningful and productive relationships with external partners and how be proactive in forming successful collaborative research partnerships.
Nick King/Colin McLaughlin, Business Partnerships Team, Faculty of Science and Technology

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February’s Research Bites: Open Research at Lancaster

First of all, apologies for the slightly delayed release of February’s programme! Hope you can make it to some or all of these practical sessions on making Open Research happen at Lancaster University.

As always, anyone who is involved in conducting or supporting research at Lancaster University is welcome. Just turn up, no need to book.

We try to record all sessions using Panopto, and make the recordings available in the recordings archive.

Tea and coffee and a piece of cake is provided!

What you need to know about Open Access
Tuesday 2nd February, 12.00, Bowland North SR 15
Learn why Open Access is important, and how the Library can help you through it.
Louise Tripp, Open Access Manager, Library

Where can I publish my open research data?
Thursday 4th February, 12.00, Bowland North SR 4
Look at the key considerations about which services you can trust with your research data. We will also demo two major cross-subject data repositories: Figshare and Zenodo.
Hardy Schwamm, Research Data & Repository Manager, Library

What is Pure, and why should I use it?
Tuesday 9th February, 12.00, Bowland North SR 3
Get an overview of Pure, the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office.

Updating your Pure Profile and other content
Friday 19th February, 12.00, Bowland North SR 15
A short demo about how to manage your profile on the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office.

Adding Open Access Publications to Pure
Monday 22nd February, 12.0, Bowland North SR 5
Improve access to your research by learning how to add your open access research outputs to Pure, the University’s research information system.
Claire Tinker-Mill, Research System Administrator, Research & Contracts Support Office.

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Research Bites after the flood…

If you are wondering whether the Research Bites is running for the rest of term, the answer is YES!

Today at 12 noon: Completing EU timesheets, Alan Smith, Bowland North SR1.

Unfortunately ‘Managing EU Projects’ was cancelled earlier in the week due to the effects of the storm. Subsequent sessions are planned to run as normal, all being well.

Introducing Scopus

Thanks to those who attended the Research Bites session Introducing Scopus’ last week. Unfortunately the session was not recorded on this occasion. The following features were demonstrated following the introductory slides.

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  • Document search
  • Author search
  • Affiliation search
  • Brief look of citation analysis tools and metrics such as citation counts, publishing trends and h-index

Scopus provide useful help and tutorials, details of coverage and short videos, such as this one.

Questions

Do documents published while at previous institutions appear in an author’s publication list? Yes. All items in Scopus linked to an author will appear in their document list, regardless of the research organisation they were affiliated to at the time. However they will only appear in the document list of the affiliated research organisation, which makes acknowledgement of affiliation more important than ever.

Does the Library support the use of SciVal, Elsevier’s research intelligence tool? No, not currently.

Research funding and finance in December

Research Professional for finding funding opportunities
Wednesday 2nd December, 12.00, Bowland North SR1
An overview of Research Professional and how to use the database to find funding opportunities.
Andrew Wilkinson, Research Support Officer, Research Services.

Managing EU Projects in Horizon 2020
Tuesday 8th December, 12.00, Bowland North SR19
Insights on how to manage EU budgets, including Horizon 2020 projects.
Mary English, Project Manager, Engineering.

Completing EU Timesheets
Thursday 10th December, 12.00 Bowland North SR1
Why are timesheets needed? Are there any specific guidelines I need to follow?
Yes! Learn how to get it right the first time.
Alan Smith, Research Support Assistant, Research Services

Costs to consider in your proposal
Friday 11th December, 12.00 Bowland North SR19
Look at the cost of the resources required to carry out your research project in line with research funder guidelines, and to what extent these costs are covered by research funders.
Claire O’Donnell, Research Support Officer, Research Services.

How to write a good Justification of Resources
Tuesday 15th December, 12.00, Bowland North SR19
An explanation of how the Justification of Resources should be written so reviewers can assess whether the resources requested are appropriate for the research posed.
Diane Brackley, Research Support Officer, Research Services.

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Research Bites is back in November!

We’re looking forward to returning in November! We hope you can join us for the following sessions on the theme of Information seeking.

Top 5 OneSearch Tips
Tuesday 10th November, 12.00, Bowland North SR 19
Hear about these essential tips for making the most of the Library’s discovery tool.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Getting the best out of Web of Science
Thursday 12th November, 12.00, Bowland North SR 19
New to Web of Science, or perhaps returning to it after a while? Let the expert guide you through!
Jenny Brine, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Insider tips for searching PubMed
Thursday 19th November, 12.00 Bowland North SR 19
Learn about the advanced features of this huge and popular biomedical and life sciences database.
Jenny Brine, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Finding company information
Friday 20th November, 12.00 Bowland North SR 15
A quick guide to finding company and market information.
Andy Holgate, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

New database highlight: Scopus
Tuesday 24th November, 12.00, Bowland North SR 11
An introduction to the key features of this vast citations database from Elsevier.
Tanya Williamson, Academic Liaison Librarian, Library

Social media: Insights from an academic department

It’s taken a while to write up this session from June! Many thanks to Dr Tom Webb for sharing his insights from managing the Law School blog and social media presence of the Law School at Lancaster University.

The staff blog is currently used as a vehicle for writing up short articles (500-1500 words) following conferences, reflections on current topics, and writing articles which can be understood by wider audiences.

Why blog?

  • Raise the profile of the research
  • Speak to a different audience
  • ‘open up pathways to impact’
  • ‘claim an idea’ early on

Twitter broadens the network to other scholars, students, other institutions and beyond to reach a more mixed audience.

Analytics

Tom has found using Twitter and blog Analytics a useful way to provide feedback to colleagues on how many people are interacting with their social media posts/tweets. Unfortunately,  blog posts aren’t eligible to be included in the REF, though they can/do contribute towards generating broader impact.

Benefits

  • Quick publication
  • Attention from the media
  • Raise profile
  • Student recruitment

Recording

You can now view the slides and listen to Tom’s presentation.

Questions

Do author’s have to choose between writing for the Law School blog and writing for The ConversationYes and no. The Conversation uses Creative Commons licences which allows you to reblog their content. The Law School blog offers more editorial freedom than the Conversation (e.g. posts can be in ‘Legalese’).

Is there any editorial control? Authors send copy, and Tom will edit formatting (e.g. inserting paragraph breaks) to make the content more readable online. Otherwise not.

Do you get credit within the department for the work you do with social media? Yes to an extent. This will probably grow as Departments recognise the potential benefits and engagement that can result from taking part.