OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.11 – November 2017)


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


Earlier this month we upgraded our repository system, which will allow us to make future improvements. Keep an eye out for further information about these improvements over the next few months.


The repository currently contains 2,450 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = ROBERTSON, R., GRAY, D., BLOICE, L. and GRINNALL, A. 2017. Exploitation of off-peak airport spaces. Aberdeen: SPARA Project, Deliverable 7.2
  • = CARNEY, D. 2003. The analysis, presentation and sustainability of a past Northeast of Scotland “way of life” through video capture. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.
  • = BARGHATHI, Y., COLLISON, D. and CRAWFORD, L. [2017]. Earnings management and audit quality: stakeholders’ perceptions. Journal of Management and Governance [online], (accepted).

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 6,011 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:



The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = SSENDI, L.B. 2013. Entrepreneurship Activities in Rural Tanzania: Understanding Women’s Micro Business. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (121 downloads)
  • = ROBERTSON, D.M. 2012. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning in new graduate occupational therapists: a phenomenological study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (49 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. (31 downloads)

 The above data were correct at the time of writing (24.11.2017).

Beautiful Renewables: Land Art Generator Initiative exhibition at RGU


ZM Architecture Team, Wind Forest

Can renewable energy become not merely infrastructure but a feature of place-making? What can architects, artists and designers bring to the transition towards a post-fossil fuel economy? Can creative approaches contribute to the commercialisation of new renewable technologies? These are some of the questions that the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is asking and why ecoartscotland partnered with them. Chris Fremantle, who established ecoartscotland in 2010, is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practice at Gray’s School of Art.

The Land Art Generator Glasgow project focused on Dundas Hill, a former distillery and power station site just north of Glasgow City centre. Dundas Hill is now a regeneration site, being developed by a partnership between Scottish Canals and BIGG Regeneration supported by Glasgow City Council. The three short listed teams in the competition were led by architects and landscape architects (ERZ, Stallan Brand, ZM Architects), and involved engineers, designers and artists (Daziel+Scullion, Alec Finlay, Pigdin Perfect).

The exhibition of the Land Art Generator Glasgow project – along with examples from other LAGI competitions – is currently installed on the Concourse of the Sir Ian Wood Building at RGU. It has previously been exhibited in The Lighthouse, Glasgow; Exeter University Innovation Centre; and Tent, Edinburgh College of Art.

The Land Art Generator Initiative will be releasing the brief for its next international open competition in January 2018, this time for a site in Melbourne, Australia.

Outputs associated with the Land Art Generator Glasgow project are available to view together as a project collection on OpenAIR@RGU (available here). The outputs include a chapter in the book of the LAGI Copehagen Open Competition in 2014, a conference paper at PetroCultures 2016 conference as well as the citation of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Managers (CIWEM) Art and Environment Award made in 2016.

[Text adapted from the original blog post on the ecoartscotland website.]

Using Health and Health Behaviour Data

The UK Data service has a range of datasets available to help researchers investigate Health and Health behaviour.

A good example is the analysis around alcohol consumption, highlighted in Alcohol Awareness Week.

A national campaign (13-19 November 2017) focussing on alcohol and families and run by Alcohol Concern, Alcohol Awareness Week has seen a number of news stories using statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Public Health England and others which highlight how data can teach us about society and provide vital evidence for public policy.

In addition, a report in October 2017, ‘Like sugar for adults’, reported on children’s anxiety about parents’ drinking. Published by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) in partnership with the Alcohol and Families Alliance and Alcohol Focus Scotland, it ‘shows that parents do not have to regularly drink large amounts of alcohol for their children to notice changes in their behaviour and experience negative impacts’.

IAS conducted the online survey of almost 1,000 parents and their children and interviewed focus groups, experts and practitioners. Findings included:

  • 29% of parents reported having been drunk in front of their child
  • 51% of parents reported having been tipsy in front of their child
  • 29% of parents thought it was OK to get drunk in front their child as long as it did not happen regularly

To search for data in our collection which explore research on alcohol use, visit our key theme pages on Health and health behaviour and explore our catalogue.

To see other articles in the news visit the UK Data Service page.

Open Access Week: CIAO Workshop Summary


On the afternoon of Monday 23rd October 2017, sixteen people from across the RGU attended a CIAO workshop. CIAO means “Collaborative Institutional Assessment of Open Access” and is a discussion tool for reflecting on an institution’s support around Open Access – further information about the tool is available here. Of those present, there were thirteen participants (of whom ten were present for the entire discussion) and three faciltators. The workshop was facilitated by George Bray (responsible for OpenAIR@RGU), Richard Milne (Systems Librarian) and Colin MacLean (Research Support Librarian).

Due to time constraints, the workshop considered only two of the three areas covered by the CIAO tool, namely “[general] capabilities” (i.e. policy, funding and support services) and “capabilities: communication and staff development”. Within these areas, RGU was generally felt to be towards the middle or lower end of the spectrum in terms of its current progress. The least-developed aspects included formal considerations of Open Access funding, understanding and structured recording of the impact of Open Access, and processes for outputs other than journal articles and conference papers. On the other hand, the group considered RGU to be doing relatively well in terms of the existing support services for Open Access – specifically the work done by the Publications Team.

During the discussion, several other points emerged, which will feed into our plans going forward. One of these was the relative lack of policy documentation for Open Access at RGU, which could be addressed by increasing the prominence of Open Access within existing policies that relate to research. Another point was the issue of how best to communicate with researchers; while it was stated that the existing systems and processes worked very well for those who were aware of them, it was also felt that current communication strategies were failing to meet all researchers. Some suggestions were made and we will review our communications strategy with these in mind – trying to arrange more face-to-face conversations with researchers, for example.

Overall, we felt the workshop was a very successful starting point for future conversations and developments around Open Access, which we hope will be continued alongside the implementation of the new current research information system.

Any questions about this workshop or Open Access in general can be sent to the Publications Team.