Open Access Week 2016: researcher spotlight – architecture and art

Today’s blog is the first of our Open Access researcher spotlights, featuring contributions by some of the most prolific researchers on OpenAIR. Here, we highlight two RGU researchers working in the areas of Architecture and Art.

PROFESSOR RICHARD LAING (; ORCID is Professor of Built Environment Visulaingrichardalisation within the Scott Sutherland School.

“The value of OpenAIR@RGU comes in terms of being able to widely publicise and make available our research, and to the widest audience possible. Sites including Google Scholar now tend to link back to University repositories, so it provides a way for people to read full research papers, without needing to hold subscriptions. It would be good in the future if we start to see a wide range of research work represented, and OpenAIR@RGU has been a good platform for this, including with design and other work.”

Professor Laing has also suggested the following as examples of publications which have accumulated a fair number of citations since being uploaded to OpenAIR: = LAING, R. 2013. How to save a theatre: the Orpheum, Vancouver. Structural survey [online], 31(5), pages 355-367. Available from: = LAING, R., CONNIFF, A., CRAIG, T., GALAN DIAZ, C. and SCOTT, S. 2007. Design and use of a virtual heritage model to enable a comparison of active navigation of buildings and spaces with passive observation. Automation in construction [online], 16(6), pages 830-841. Available from: = LAING, R., DAVIES, A.-M., MILLER, D., CONNIFF, A., SCOTT, S. and MORRICE, J. 2009. The application of visual environmental economics in the study of public preference and urban greenspace. Environmental planning B: planning and design [online], 36(2), pages 355-375. Available from:

PROFESSOR ANNE DOUGLAS (; ORCID is Research Co-ordinator and Research Degrees Co-ordinator within Gray’s School of Art.douglasphoto

“OpenAIR, an open repository for research, is a secure and reliable means of storing and disseminating research output within a single space. In the context of Art and Design, OpenAIR is able to cope well with the complexity of material and offer this in an engaging, lively and informative way to an end user. The new ‘project’ collections can interlink different kinds of material, combining different media such as video and photography as well as text, and resulting in a clear and appropriate research narrative for creative disciplines. These also have the potential and added value of collating evidence that demonstrates impact. It therefore becomes possible to interconnect a single output, such as an exhibition or article, with an experience of the body of artwork itself – such as a series of paintings or performances, the critical thinking or discourse surrounding the work in terms of associated papers and workshops, critical reviews and further developments, funding information, related doctoral studies and so on. Incorporating the wider context from which an output emerges creates a degree of accessibility, makes that output meaningful within and beyond academe.

Of particular importance to academics is the support provided by RGU librarians, who quietly and discretely seek the necessary permissions to be able to republish work while maintaining a comprehensive awareness of Research Excellence Framework guidelines. This is significant support, as is their openness to collaborate and explore the capabilities of the system to its maximum use value. With time it might even be possible to imagine that OpenAIR, with its user-friendly interface, will link effectively with other important research repositories such as ORCID and Research Fish.”

Professor Douglas has also suggested the following as good examples of her work on OpenAIR: = DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2016. Inconsistency and contradiction: lessons in improvisation in the work of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison. In Brady, J. (ed.) Elemental: an arts and ecology reader. Manchester: Gaia Project Press. = DOUGLAS, A. and GULARI, M.N. 2015. Understanding experimentation as improvisation in arts research. Qualitative research journal [online], 15(4), pages 392-403. Available from: = PRICE, J. 2016. The discourse of cultural leadership. PhD thesis. Aberdeen: RGU. Held on OpenAIR [online]. Available from: – (co-supervised by Professor Douglas and one of the most highly-downloaded theses on OpenAIR).

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