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Why we should care about text and data mining

By Rob Johnson, 14 Dec 2016 I was in Paris yesterday to present the findings of a new study on the use of text and data mining in public research. Organised by the ADBU – the French association of university library directors – I was joined at the event by speakers from ContentMine and NacTeM in the UK, and ISTEX …

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5 tips for a successful researcher survey

By Andrea Chiarelli and Rob Johnson, 28 Nov 2016 Policymakers, university managers and academic publishers all have something in common: they have to work out what researchers want. Sometimes an educated guess is good enough, but in many cases knowing what your stakeholders, staff or authors really think will lead to better decisions. Much of our work at Research Consulting …

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How can we make Knowledge Exchange work better?

By Mattia Fosci and Rob Johnson, 30 Sep 2016 The Knowledge Exchange imperative The UK prides itself on being home to some of the best Universities in the world and has long been a research powerhouse that attracts scientists from the world over. It is estimated that the HE sector already contributes over £70 billion to the national economy, and …

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Building a Mission-Driven Business

By Rob Johnson, 13 September 2016  I describe Research Consulting as a ‘mission-driven business’. This means we deliver work that makes a difference, with the drive and focus of a commercial undertaking.  In practice this can feel like walking a tightrope, where it is all too easy to lean too far in one direction or another. Before I founded the company in 2013, I spent several years working …

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The “State of the KEC profession” report launches in Amsterdam

By Dr Mattia Fosci, 13 Jun 2016 Everyone loves this time of the year: the days are long, the light is brighter and conference season is in full swing. Earlier this month it was my lucky turn to join one of our clients – PraxisUnico – at this year’s University-Industry Interaction Conference (also known as UIIN) in Amsterdam. As the …

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No pain, no gain – Research Consulting is ISO 9001 certified!

27 Apr 2016 ISO 9001 is probably the most valued and sought-after quality certification standard in the world – most people in business are aware of it and a growing number of organisations try to get it. And yet less than 1% of UK businesses hold one. Recently we finally received confirmation that Research Consulting was part of that 1%. …

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Shaping Jisc services to support open access

29 Feb 2016 Research Consulting has today launched an on-line survey of UK HEIs as part of a study commissioned by Jisc. The primary objective of the study is to help assess the value of the following Jisc open access services: Monitor Local, Monitor UK and Publications Router. These services are designed to help streamline open access processes within institutions …

Reflections on the Researcher to Reader conference

by Rob Johnson, 21 Feb 2016 I was going to do write a summary of last week’s Researcher to Reader conference, following on my previous post in the run up to the conference. Fortunately Danny Kingsley has saved me the trouble – her comprehensive blog post on the topic can be found here! Suffice it to say there was much debate …

Making the Case for Research Data Management : Call for Contributions

by Rob Johnson and Tom Parsons, 16 Feb 2016 Research data management (RDM) can be a controversial subject. From a policy viewpoint it seems a no-brainer that researchers should safeguard their work, avoid any embarrassing data loss and share their data freely. However, from a researcher and institutional perspective, these ambitions are far from straightforward. Cost, complexity and a research …