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The Research Support Unit (RSU) is a dedicated team of librarians within the University of Otago Library.
The focus of the RSU is:
- to understand the changing scholarly landscape and work with researchers to exploit digital potentials which enhance research outcomes;
- to facilitate the development of tools, resources and services which support both established and emerging researchers;
- to work towards research solutions in partnership with other Otago support services, as appropriate.
The projects shown below illustrate where the Library has been active in partnership with researchers. If you have a project or potential project that could benefit from Library support, please visit the Request Research Support page.
RSU Manager: Shiobhan Smith
Library projects supporting research and researchers
Library managed projects & services
Bibliometric network visualisations
Creating network visualisations for bibliometrics that may use journal, researcher, or publication data to construct networks based on citation, bibliographic coupling, co-citation, or co-authorship relations using free tools such as VosViewer and CiteSpace.
Creating metrics reports at departmental/research unit level or above using tools available to the University of Otago such as SciVal and Incites.
Researcher initiated projects — library managed
OUR Journals service
The OUR Journals service (OJS) supports Otago academic staff with making scholarly research available online.
DH needs assessment project
A project led by the Library to ascertain the gaps and opportunities for Digital Humanities research support and services at Otago.
Bulk upload to OUR Archive
A sustainable workflow that utilises Research Outputs Database (ROD) metadata, code developed by CONZUL, and the Scopus API, to automate the mass ingest of publication metadata into OUR Archive
Researcher initiated projects — library as advisor
Digitisation of sensitive data
Working with researchers in BioChem, the RSU developed a plan and scoped options for digitising a large archive of sensitive data that ensured practice met ethical and practical requirements.
Research impact case studies
The RSU supported the production of a booklet highlighting the impact of research in the Division of Health Sciences by investigating metrics (bibliometrics and alternative metrics) for the principle investigator.
Advising academics from the School of Performing Arts on their respective grant-funded research projects - a Performing Arts Research Archive and a database of Māori and Moriori musical instruments.