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IRIS: the wealth of UCL research in one place

30 June 2011

The UCL Institutional Research Information System (IRIS) will soon become a resource accessible to the public.

IRIS logo This is planned for early August 2011. 

IRIS will showcase UCL's research and researchers to the wider world. IRIS will display profiles for all research staff, act as a gateway to all departments, research groups, interdisciplinary centres, institutes and virtual research networks across UCL and allow visitors to find the information they are looking for from one easily accessible location.

For a preview visit http://iris.ucl.ac.uk

This web-based application provides access to profiles for all current UCL staff engaged in research, and includes information on 200 departments, sub-departments, institutes and centres engaged in research, and over 500 research groups.

IRIS will reduce the administrative effort required to meet the changing demands of research assessment, monitoring and audit. It will assist interdisciplinary and cross faculty applications for funding and support the mission of UCL in facing up to the 'Grand Challenges' of the 21st century.

Researchers can view and update their profiles and research administrators can update their research groups to provide a complete picture of research activities across the whole university. The data in IRIS can also be used dynamically in department websites. Since November 2010 the School of Life and Medical Sciences has been using IRIS to populate their people profiles and several research groups are already using the content dynamically in their websites. Further information can be found on the IRIS project website.

Huw Charles, Senior Project Manager (IRIS), Information Services Division