Mrs Heather Cobain (Information Team, Research Office, University of Central Lancashire)

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Identifying academics across the University with a specific research interest for the accurate dissemination of funding opportunities, or highlighting an academic who had a professional affiliation with business X or funder Y previously relied solely on the knowledge base of the Funding, Development and Support (FDS) team, or trawling internal and external webpages. In February 2015 the FDS team at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) launched UCLanKnowledge. UCLanKnowledge is an Access database that contains the research interests, expertise and professional affiliations of staff across the University. The database is now accessible to all staff across the University to promote further cross-disciplinary and collaborative working. This poster presentation highlights the developmental stages the team went through to design and implement UCLanKnowledge. This included: (i) how data was collected to the same level of granularity; (ii) academic engagement with the database; (iii) the maintenance procedure to ensure inclusion of new starters and removal of leavers and (iv) how we envision the database evolving further.

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The development stages of building UCLanKnowledge, a database that contains information on the research interests, expertise and professional affiliations of staff across the University.
How the database is used on a daily basis to support the Research Office and staff across the University.
How we envision the database will evolve to further support the University’s research strategy.