OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.2 – February 2017)


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


We have made two improvements to the repository service this month:

  • In response to requests from RGU staff, we will now send out e-mails to notify when an item on OpenAIR comes out of embargo.
  • The OpenAIR policy has been updated. The full document is available to view here.


The repository currently contains 2,017 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = GARBA, A. and KISHK, M. 2016. A techno-economic comparison of biomass thermo-chemical systems for sustainable electricity in Nigerian rural areas. In the Proceedings of the 5th IET International Conference on Renewable Power Generation (RPG), 21 -23 September 2016, London, UK. New York: IET [online]. Available from:
  • = TODD, N. and EZEANI, E.C. 2016. Adjudication costs under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996: the attractions of Singapore’s Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2004. Juridical Review [online], 2016(4), pages 315-336. Available from:
  • = CLEAR, T., MCDERMOTT, R., PARSJÖ, E., CAJANDER, Å., DANIELS, M. and LAGERQVIST, N. 2016. A framework for writing learning agreements. In the Proceedings of the IEEE Frontiers in Education 2016 Conference (FIE 2016): the Crossroads of Engineering and Business, 12-15 October 2016, Erie, USA. Piscataway: IEEE [online], 8 pages. Available from:

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 8,145 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:


  • = TOURISH, D. and HARGIE, O. 2004. Communication audits: building world class communication systems. In OLIVER, S. (ed.) Handbook of Corporate Communication and Public Relations: Pure and Applied. London: Routledge, pages 131-144. (79 downloads)
  • = 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: (74 downloads)

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = VISWANATHAN, A. 2005. Using Orthogonal Arrays to Train Artificial Neural Networks. Robert Gordon University, MPhil thesis. (308 downloads)
  • = SSENDI, L.B. 2013. Entrepreneurship Activities in Rural Tanzania: Understanding Women’s Micro Business. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (126 downloads)
  • = ROBERTSON, D.M. 2012. Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning in New Graduate Occupational Therapists: a Phenomenological Study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (65 downloads)

The above data was correct at the time of writing (21.02.2017).

Urban Big Data Centre: Expressions of Interest

ubdc_logoWould you like to investigate an urban policy, planning, or research problem using big, complex, or administrative data? If so, the Urban Big Data Centre is here to help. We provide access to a range of UK urban-related data, support in working with controlled (or personal) data and data sourcing services for your research

If you’re a UK-based academic you’re eligible for UBDC support. Some of our data is also available for non-UK users, and we are happy to hear ideas for international collaborations too. Submit an Expression of Interest to use our data collections or other data services by 31 March 2017! 

  • iMCD Project data (Household survey, travel diary, GPS and Twitter data)
  • Geospatial data (Spatial Urban Indicators and LiDAR Earth Images)
  • Transport data (Strava Metro cycling app data)
  • Housing data (Nestoria and Zoopla housing advertisement data)
  • Education data
  • Health and social care data
  • Physical data (British Geological Survey ASK data – Greater Glasgow and the Clyde estuary and catchment areas from the CUSP project)

You can also apply to use our Data Sourcing Service – we can source and acquire data not already held in our Data Collections for researchers.

International Women’s Day @ RGU

RGU Women’s Network has organised some events to mark International Women’s Day 2017. Please join us!!

  • Meet RGU’s new female Vice Principals – Jan Cutting and Vicki Nairn on Monday 6th March 12.00 – 1pm (bring your lunch) Room H230, Health & Social Care building
  • Keynote speech – Prof. Alice Brown, Chair of the Scottish Funding Council – ‘Be Bold for Change – making a difference in higher education’ on Tuesday 7th March 6pm – 7.30pm rear atrium Sir Ian Wood Building, followed by light refreshments. This event is open to all staff and students.  To help with planning please register your interest at and bring a colleague!



There will also be an exhibition continuing the “Celebrating Women at RGU” series, based in the Sir Ian Wood Building outside the Scott Sutherland School entrance.

10 Tips for Writing a Truly Terrible Journal Article


Webinar 1 March at 2-3 pm GMT / 3-4 pm CET / 9-10 am EST

Learning how not to write an article is as important as learning how to write it! In this webinar Bert Blocken highlights 10 tips of what to avoid when writing your article. What to avoid includes taking the lazy route of plagiarism, overestimating your contribution and ignoring comments from editors and reviewers. Many of these “tips to avoid” may appear obvious but are pitfalls that even the most seasoned of authors can fall into. The webinar will demonstrate how a poorly written article can ruin the career of a researcher.

The presenter Prof. dr. ir. Bert Blocken is a Civil Engineer, holding a PhD in Building Physics. He is Full Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and part-time Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. Bert has published 128 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and is among the 150 most-cited researchers worldwide both in the field of Civil Engineering and in the field of Energy Science & Engineering. Further, Bert is an Editor of Building & Environment and Associate Editor of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics. He has acted as a reviewer for more than 70 different journals.

Follow this link to register.

The UK Data Service Syntax Upload Facility is now launched.

UKDSHave you ever struggled to replicate analysis and wondered how a study’s research findings were generated? Have you thought about sharing your syntax and having it cited by other researchers?  The Syntax Upload Facility enables researchers to upload and share syntax they create using UK Data Service data, building a library of syntax for other users to utilise and cite. The new Syntax Upload Facility aims to enhance researcher’s work and provide an opportunity to increase the impact of research through having syntax used and cited by others. We have created a citation format for users for this purpose.

The new facility is particularly useful for researchers, students and those teaching with data and as it develops we hope it will become an invaluable resources for our users.

The syntax created using our datasets can be uploaded by clicking Contribute your syntax/code at the bottom of the respective catalogue records. Once logged in, the syntax files can be uploaded in various formats including SPSS, Stata, SAS and R.  The Syntax Upload Facility then automatically creates a citation and a file which can be downloaded by other users.

Example: Freda Smith uses data from Understanding Society Waves 1-6, 2009-2015 and can upload her syntax here. The citation for a syntax file called ‘Education syntax file’ uploaded by Freda Smith, using data from the Understanding Society Waves 1-6, 2009-2015 would be the following: Smith, F. (2017). Education syntax file [Syntax]. UK Data Service. Retrieved from

Training Events: Using Data

The UK Data Service has a number of webinars over the next 4 weeks which may be of interest to research students or staff.


Funding Opportunity: Secondary Data Analysis

ESRCThe second round of the Department for Education highlight notice is open for grants of up to 18 months to conduct research through the secondary analysis of data on themes of interest to the Department (which includes the Government Equalities Office). Closing date of 10 March 2017. The UK has a world-leading data infrastructure for social and economic research that provides a huge opportunity to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society today and into the future. The ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) call aims to deliver high-quality high-impact research through the deeper exploitation of these major data resources. To date the SDAI has awarded funding to over 100 projects. 

Since December 2015, ESRC funding for the initiative has been awarded through an open competition. This process allows researchers greater flexibility in the timing and focus of their proposals which can now be submitted throughout the year. Funding is available for around 20 proposals a year (subject to quality).  find out more  or  email



Opportunity: Energy Efficiency : Interreg NWE Programme 5th Call

The next call for project proposals of the Interreg North West Europe Programme will be open from 18 April to 24 May 2017.  This programme is looking for transnational cooperation initiatives that can deliver concrete results for the North-West Europe area and its citizens. If you have an idea that could make one of the programme objectives a reality, contact Kathryn Brown or Alison Merchant for more information.