This morning I gave a talk on ORO to the Health & Social Care Group of the Health & Social Care Department of the Health & Social Care Faculty (I think I’ve got that right!). Thanks ever so much to Sarah Earle for inviting me, and to Caroline Holdaway for organising the laptop, data projector etc.
Anyway, perhaps inevitably, even though I managed to talk and answer questions for almost an hour, there was quite an important aspect of ORO that I forgot to mention, and that is how you (either as individuals or groups) can link to, or get feeds from, ORO.
Thinking first about linking to ORO, I neglected to show you how nice your publications lists should now look. This is thanks mainly to our technical person (Miriam) who has painstakingly edited the code which underpins the reference style used for ORO. (Miriam has been very patient with me requesting italics, full stops, commas, en rules instead of dashes etc. – thank you Miriam!).
So, if you look at Sarah’s publications, for example, you will see that not only are they all nicely ordered chronologically, but also that each item conforms pretty well to Harvard-style referencing. The thinking behind this is that you can then consider adding a link from your staff homepage, comfortable in the thought your publications are all formatted in a standard way. Plus, each article will have a link to the full text (if supplied) and the definitive published version.
‘Feeds’ are ways of getting information out of ORO. For example, it would be possible to set up an RSS feed of the latest articles from the Health & Social Care Group added to ORO and have this embedded into an appropriate area of your department website. This kind of thing would need involvement from your IT department, but it is entirely do-able and certainly worth thinking about. If anyone is interested in this kind of thing, send me an email and we’ll try to set up a meeting between the appropriate techies!