OpenAIR – monthly update (no.1 – January 2017)


Welcome to the first monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at


The repository currently contains 1,964 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2016. What poetry does best: the Harrisons’ poetics of being and acting in the world. In Harrison, H.M. and Harrison, N. (eds.) The time of the force majeure: after 45 years counterforce is on the horizon. Grantham: Prestel.

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR (research data is in a separate diagram):




This month, there have been a total of 6,632 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:


  • = GULARI, M.N., FAIRBURN, S. and MALINS, J. 2013. Assessing the effectiveness of design-led innovation support for SMEs. In Crafting the future. Proceedings of the 10th European academy of design conference [EAD 10]. 17-19 April 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden. Lancaster: European Academy of Design [online]. Available from: (89 downloads)
  • = PATTERSON, L. and MARTZOUKOU, K. 2012. An examination of Canadian information professionals’ involvement in the provision of business information synthesis and analysis services. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science [online], 44(1), pages 47-64. Available from: (76 downloads)


The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = VISWANATHAN, A. 2005. Using orthogonal arrays to train artificial neural networks. Robert Gordon University, MPhil thesis. (363 downloads)
  • = SSENDI, L.B. 2013. Entrepreneurship activities in rural Tanzania: understanding women’s micro business. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (117 downloads)
  • = ADAM, I.S. 2014. An empirical investigation of the efficiency, effectiveness and economy of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s management of Nigeria’s upstream petroleum sector. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (77 downloads)

The above data was correct at the time of writing (26.01.2017).

Awards: KTP with Sentisum

innovateProf Nirmalie Wiratunga has been awarded a KTP with Sentisum (Askenti)  a London based technology start-up which aims to help enterprises understand customer’s opinion and turn those opinions and experiences into competitive advantage.  Dr Stewart Massie will be supporting the project, which should be completed by 2019.  Working in an area known as “Natural Language Understanding” the team will develop a software system which can accurately detect and understand topics, opinions, emotions expressed by humans in various conversations such as product reviews, complaint emails, or voice calls.


Award: AI and Falls Prevention

datalabData Lab have awarded a grant of nearly £100,000 to a partnership of RGU, Albyn Housing Society, Carbon Dynamic and NHS Highland to develop an effective falls prediction system that can be installed in peoples’ homes.  Prof Susan Craw and Dr Stewart Massie will collect data from sensors installed in specially designed ‘FIT Homes’. This is an excellent example of the ways that Artificial Intelligence is beginning to be used to assist and benefit individuals through applications with a social purpose. This project builds on two leading-edge Artificial Intelligence technologies: recognising human activities from real-time sensor data, and understanding these activity profiles to find similarities with the behaviour of other people and to recognise changes in activity patterns.  The project will run from 2017 – 2018 and will initially cover 15 new homes and one community space, A further 32 houses, including homes for veterans, will be built in Inverness and the surrounding area.

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Annual Research Conference 2017

cabsThe 2017 annual research research conference of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, to be held at Birmingham Business School, is open for registration.

Speakers include David Sweeney from HEFCE, whose blog post about the REF2021 consultation, is referred to previously on a Research Matters post earlier today.


OpenAIR resources now on the library catalogue


In order to expand the number of ways in which people can discover the open access resources archived on OpenAIR (a database of research produced by RGU’s own academics), we have now enabled searches on the library catalogue to display results from OpenAIR.

When searching for material exclusively from OpenAIR through the library catalogue, simply do the following:

1. Enter your search term in the ‘Find Books and Articles’ search on the catalogue.


2. Select the ‘Articles’ tab on the results page (this will display all material from OpenAIR, not just journal articles).


3. Locate the ‘Content Provider’ filter on the right-hand side of the screen (it’s near the bottom). Select ‘OpenAIR@RGU’ from the list of content providers.


4. Now the only results displayed for your search will be those available on OpenAIR. Clicking on ‘View Content’ will take you through to the record on OpenAIR, where you can view the full text.

How to use European Statistics from Eurostat

eurostatAttend a free webinar on how to access and use data from Eurostat.  This webinar is suitable for researchers, practitioners, teachers and students interested in statistics across Europe.  Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union and its  task is to provide EU institutions and Member States with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions. Eurostat offers a range of important and interesting data available to researchers and teachers, governments, businesses, journalists and the public. Book here