Training Workshop—ORA Workshop: discovery and digital curation of scholarly output


Bodleian_iSkills_WebThe Centre for Digital Scholarship and the Bodleian iSkills programme present a introductory level training workshop on data and research curation, led by Sarah Barkla from the Digital Library. If you’re interested in more digital training sessions, there is more information about courses available to you on the Bodleian iSkills website.

What: ORA Workshop: Discovery and digital curation of scholarly output

Who: Members of the Open Access and Research Data Management teams of the Bodleian Libraries, supported by Research Services.  Led by Sarah Barkla, Institutional Repository Librarian.

When: 13.00—16.00, Wednesday 25 November, 2015

Where: Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library (map)

Access: open to all members of the University of Oxford; free; registration is essential

If you are already in the Library, you can find the Centre for Digital Scholarship on the first floor of the Weston Library, through the Mackerras Reading Room and around the gallery. Otherwise, please meet near the Information Desk in Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (map).


Come along to this hands-on session in the Centre for Digital Scholarship (Weston Library) to find out about the new REF Open Access requirements and how to deposit publications and data into ORA.  The session will cover:

  • Open Access (OA) at the University of Oxford, including author identifiers and mechanisms for funder / publisher compliance, followed by an opportunity to explore the Open Access Oxford website
  • resource discovery using the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) and content indexing, including Google and Google Scholar, with an opportunity to put this into practice
  • Symplectic Elements – the university’s tool for REF compliance and the deposit mechanism for ORA, including time with the Symplectic Elements software
  • Research Data Management support at the Bodleian, including data deposit requirements by funders and a chance to deposit a dataset

There will be plenty of time for questions and practical support for publication and data deposit.


Juliet Ralph, the Bodleian’s Open Access (OA) specialist, has been a librarian working at the Radcliffe Science Library for over 15 years.  Juliet has been in her current role since mid-2014, and prior to that was the Subject Librarian for Life Sciences and Medicine.

Dr F Eugenio Barrio-Madias is the university’s Research Information Officer.  Formerly a researcher in Astrophysics, Eugenio develops and maintains processes, workflows and systems for managing information on research conducted at Oxford to inform strategy and comply with funder requirements. Based at Research Services he also acts as system administrator of Symplectic Elements at Oxford.

Jason Partridge has worked for the Bodleian Libraries for the past 7 years, over three of which have been focused on Open Access. Currently balancing a split role within the University, Jason works for the Libraries as a Research Archive Assitant for the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) and as a Research Support Officer within UAS Research Services involved with Symplectic Elements at Oxford.

Sarah Barkla is the Research Archive Librarian and has day-to-day management of the ORA service.  Sarah has worked for the Bodleian for six years in both traditional and non-traditional library roles.

David Tomkins is the Digital Scholarship Support Officer at the Bodleian Digital Library (BDLSS); he is responsible for the management and development of the Oxford Research Archive for Data (ORA-Data).

This seminar is open to all members of the University of Oxford. It is free to attend, and reserving a place is essential.

Contact: If you have any questions, please contact

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