The HKU Scholars Hub (the Hub) began service as a traditional institutional repository of The Uni...
The HKU Scholars Hub (the Hub) began service as a traditional institutional repository of The University of Hong Kong (HKU). However this format was not compelling to HKU researchers. Fortunately a subsequent reformation of the HKU statement on university mission and vision infused new life and purpose into the project. Over the next five years, in partnership with the Italian University Consortium, Cineca, the HKU Libraries transformed the Hub from an IR to a Current Research Information System. We expect that future development will see the Hub further transformed into a research information management system supporting both internal decision support and external public discovery. We will present new work developed recently to further these goals.
IRs collect, manage and display publications, and their metadata. However, an institution’s research, expertise and capacity is described by more than publications. The Hub, hosted in DSpace, began as the IR of HKU in 2005. Asking for voluntary deposit of publications from HKU academics, it received little notice, and more importantly, little support from University senior management. In 2009 a new HKU initiative, Knowledge Exchange (KE), adopted the Hub as a key vehicle to share knowledge and skill with the community outside HKU. Upon winning grant support from the office of KE, the HKU Libraries chose Cineca as a development partner. Together we designed specifications to extend the data model of DSpace. We architected solutions to support non-publication objects, including people, grants, and patents. These entities are managed in new database tables with a flexible structure that is able to hold indexed and interlinked attributes, such as co-investigators, co-inventors, co-prize winners, research interests, languages spoken, supervision of postgraduate theses, etc. The structure has been designed to provide native support (through a backend UI) to the data model extensions. This will allow local operators to easily add new entities and new attributes, interlinkable to any internal or external corresponding record, without the need to write new code.
Beginning with local data in several HKU silos, scripts will search for corresponding or augmented records in external sources, harvest and merge with Hub data. These sources are publication databases (Scopus, WoS, PubMed, etc.), funders (Hong Kong Research Grants Council, NIH, etc), patents (USPTO, Espacenet, Japan Patent Office, etc), and bibliometrics (Scopus, Google Scholar Citations, SSRN, etc).
The DSpace user interface now delivers an integrated search and display on all objects and attributes, as well as on ones newly derived, such as a) authority work on name disambiguation and synonymy in Roman and Hanzi (漢字), b) visualizations on networks of co-authors, co-investigators, etc, c) metrics extracted from external sources, and d) internal alt-metrics of view and download counts, and more.
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