EnlightenPapers has now reached 1,001 tweets for on Twitter, that is, 1,001 new records since we added the Twitter code on the 9th of June this year. These include, among others, research in Celtic, English, History, Classics, Life Sciences, Law and the Physical Sciences.
The 1,001st Tweet
Our 1,001st tweet is a self-deposited full text paper from the National e-Science Centre (NeSC) at the University of Glasgow, “Applying formal methods to standard development: the open distributed processing experience” by Professor Richard Sinnott.
Twitter Growth and Visualisations
Twitter has provided an interesting gauge for our growth which we hadn’t anticipated when we started using it, for both the cumulative count of new additions and the rise (and fall) of followers. Our followers, currently some 65 [but it has been up to 80+] seem to be fairly volatile, many joining as papers match their interests and then leaving as perhaps they realise the volume of outputs and the broader range of material is not what they want as part of their own Twitter feed.
Twitter visualisation apps like Visible Tweets also provide us with new opportunities to showcase latest additions, and while such apps could be dismissed as party tricks they provide a glimpse of the range of re-use and visualisation options open to us. Visible Tweets also supports Twitter’s range of operators so that views can be refined by date, sender, hashtag and more. For EnlightenPapers we can use the limit
from:EnlightenPapers to display only our own tweets rather than any replies which feature us.
Try EnlightenPapers in Visible Tweets – with rotation!
New Records, Bibliographic Services Staff and Training
Records, and freely available full text, have been added from a wide range of subjects over the summer months as we work with departments to add both their retrospective material and new publications.
Enlighten staff in our bibliographic services department have been very busy dealing with this increased influx of material, reviewing records, adding subject headings and checking copyright. They have also been involved in training sessions for departmental staff.
Since the beginning of 2009 we have run training sessions for staff in over 30 different departments about Enlighten, the University’s Publications Policy and the deposit process. These have been a mix of Powerpoint, hands-on work and coffee/tea; a formula which has proven to be a successful way to deliver the training and more importantly to start to build a “deposit community”.
Repository Growth – A Snapshot from ROAR
Using our entry in ROAR, we can track our growth since 2004 when the Enlighten [formerly the Glasgow ePrints Service] was launched as part of the JISC funded DAEDALUS project. We have had steady growth but this is now really starting to accelerate as the training and publications policy start to make themselves felt. We have already added some 2000+ records since the beginning of 2009 and more than half of those have been added in the last 3 months.