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News and Updates from 2020

December: The Pure upgrade was successfully completed yesterday. The changes include critical updates to the REF submission functionality. There is also an option to include 'hero' style images on the pages of Faculties and Schools. We will be contacting the Faculties initially to offer this, but if you have an image you would like to add, please let us know via pure-support@bristol.ac.uk. You may also notice some Open Access changes - the Sherpa Romeo journal recommendation information is displayed differently. There's also a new 'Bibliographical notes' section, which if the record has been imported from Scopus, will have some information pre-filled.  

November: We have launched a Pure user survey. We are interested to hear your feedback about using Pure and Explore Bristol Research, and your experience of Pure Support. If there are ways you would prefer us to provide support we are keen to know. The survey is available on our support page. You can choose whether to leave a contact email, and all questions are optional. We will leave the survey open initially for one month.

October: The email sender address for Pure emails will be changing after Thursday 5 November. If you receive emails from the Pure system (e.g. notifications of being added to content or reports), the email address will change from purehosted@atira.dk to purehosted@elsevier.com

September: Elsevier (the Pure owners) will be carrying out some maintenance work this weekend on Pure's infrastructure. This means there will be occasional short downtimes for Pure during the day on Saturday and Sunday (5-10 minutes), between the hours of 7am - 4pm. This will not affect Explore Bristol Research. 

Pure has now been upgraded to version 5.18.2. Thank you for your patience with the regular upgrades. The more frequent schedule is largely due to continuing REF development within Pure as we approach submission time. 

Pure training dates are now available to book on the Staff Development pages. These sessions are aimed at Professional Services staff new to Pure, or those who would like a refresher!

Wednesday 21st October, 10:00-11:30

Monday 14th December, 14:00-15:30

Thursday 11th Feb, 10:00-11:30

Tuesday 20th April, 14:00-15:30

Wednesday 16th June, 10:00-11:30

We have added some extra guidance about making some basic profile edits if you haven't previously added to your profile. 

There are also some video guides about how to search for and export information from Pure. 

August: Following extensive testing, the link between Pure and Worktribe is now live. Projects added to Worktribe will be fed into Pure overnight, if the following criteria are met:

Worktribe projects are known as Applications in Pure. As now, the application will be classed as 'highly confidential' in Pure, and will only be visible to a small group of people: the Principal Investigator (PI), and Pure Administrators. 

The PI's name will be fed into the Pure record; it will not include all project team members added into Worktribe. 

Once a Bid Awarded date is added in Worktribe, this will also be fed into Pure overnight and update the record and status there, as well as creating a separate Award record in Pure. The Award record in Pure has 'senstive' visibility which means it is visible to Pure users (but not publicly). The only public element is the project in Pure, which is usually imported from ERP and links with the application and award. 

The relevant section of our User Guide pages can be found here

June: There are four further new features and updates today which you may spot on Explore Bristol Research. The FAQ pages have been updated to reflect these changes:

May: Explore Bristol Research pages have been updated with the new redesign. Please have a look and let us know your feedback! Further information about the changes can be found on our pages about the new Pure Portal

Pure has been upgraded to version 5.17.3 this morning. 

The recording of our demo is available below. 


April: We would like to invite Pure users and any interested parties to join our live demo on Wednesday 13 May at 11:30am which will introduce you to our redesigned Explore Bristol Research pages. There is some background information here about the changes.

The demo will go through the homepage, profile pages and content pages, highlighting the key differences to the current site. This is in advance of the go-live, which we anticipate being towards the end of May (dates to be confirmed at the demo).

You may have noticed an addition to your profile in Pure this week. There's an extra item in the profile menu called "Fingerprinting". This is a new feature, currently only available in Pure (it is not yet shown in Explore Bristol Research, although that will happen in future). We have some further guidance about Fingerprinting on our user guide pages. Please have a look on your profile and we'd be interested to hear any feedback pure-support@bristol.ac.uk

March: We are planning our training and drop-in sessions to move them online in response to the Covid-19 advice. Our first online drop-in is on Tuesday 24 March, 12-2pm. Join here. We are planning for our Introduction training session on 1 April to be held online too. Pure Support remains as now; please email us with any questions at pure-support@bristol.ac.uk.

February: PlumX Metrics have been enabled in Pure, on a total of over 90 000 research outputs. All research outputs which have a DOI will have PlumX data. You can view the data in Pure by going into the output record and navigating to “metrics” in the menu.

If the research output is indexed in Scopus, then you will also see a link called “See details for output” which will provide a further breakdown.

Please note, this data is visible on Pure only (to all Pure users), but it is not available publicly on Explore Bristol Research. We are enabling PlumX metrics now in Pure as a precursor to our redesigned portal will have more visible PlumX information.

Explore Bristol Research will be redesigned and refreshed; with a launch date in the next quarter. The new version will have a more modern look and enhanced functionality. Please see our dedicated news page for further updates. 

We have now upgraded to Pure version 5.16.3. The updates include the following key changes: 

  • REF module algorithm. If you have any questions about this, please contact ref-help@bristol.ac.uk 
  • Projects – you can now add a co-managing organisation to a project. This means that if more than one organisation is managing or participating in a project, both named organisations will be able to view the project details and edit them. 
  • Activities – there is an extra visibility option to mark an activity ‘highly confidential’. This means it will only be visible to a very small group of people within the University (the creator of the activity and Pure Administrators). 
  • Multiple corresponding authors – you will now be able to set more than one corresponding author in a contributor list. 

We are currently testing the next version of Pure (5.16.3) and if it passes all tests then the upgrade is scheduled to go ahead on Tuesday 18 February. The upgrade work will start at 7:15am and we expect it to be complete by 9am. 

A major part of the upgrade will introduce new REF functionality. This version introduces an algorithm, which for each UoA calculates the optimal way to attribute REF2s to staff members. Due to the regular release of new REF functions into Pure this year, we expect to be upgrading more regularly in 2020.  

For non-REF module users, there will not be any major changes. Any changes or new functionality will be listed on this news page, and user guides updated appropriately. 

January: We are having maintenance work on the Pure servers over the weekend of 25-26 January. Pure and Explore Bristol Research will still be available for the majority of this time, however there will be some short periods of downtime (expected maximum 2 hours). The maintenance work runs from 7am-4pm each day. Information also available on our Twitter feed and the IT Service Status page. 

Pure has successfully been upgraded. We are now looking towards the next major release which we're hoping to move to in the next month as it contains a lot of updated REF functionality. 

Pure will be upgraded to version 5.15.3-2 on Thursday 16 January. The downtime is scheduled from 7am to 8:30am. The upgrade is minor and users will not see changes, with the exception of users who are proposing outputs for REF which do not yet have a published status. This issue is specifically what the bug is fixing so that users will be able again to propose outputs in other statuses. 

Since moving to a cloud-hosted platform in November, our e-mail server for Pure is now based in Denmark, which is where the Pure HQ is. As a result, any e-mails from Pure (such as notifications or reports) are currently coming from "purehosted@atira.dk". This is a secure and genuine source. We are hoping to be able to move the server back to the UK in future. Any questions, please contact us on pure-support@bristol.ac.uk.

News and Updates from 2019

  1. We no longer create or support groups as organisations in Pure, and cannot help with group membership lists
  2. We recommend using keywords to create lists of content related to a group
  3. We will not remove groups in bulk, but will instead help groups understand their options as we are contacted
  4. University and School research institutes are the exceptions to this approach
  1. [NEW Research output import source] ORCID has been added as an import source for Research outputs (learn how to import publications).
  2. To reduce load times, new Profile photos are now limited to 1MB (for Personal users only, previously uploaded pictures that exceed this limit will not be affected).
  3. Internet Explorer will no longer be supported by Pure from 5.15.0. From the current version (5.13), Pure will show a yellow notification to users that access the system using Internet Explorer 11 or older. Recommended browsers to get the best Pure/EBR experience are: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge. 

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