Research Hive Seminars 2015

The Sussex Research Hive Seminar series returned for its sixth year. The popular series brought together the Sussex community to discuss current issues in research. This year speakers looked at copyright and the preservation of research outputs in the digital age, as well as new approaches in collaborative working practice in the humanities, and the future of Open Access.

These lunchtime events, funded by SAGE, were hosted by the Library and open to everyone engaged in, or supporting, the research process at Sussex. Where possible slides and recordings of the sessions have been made available below.

The Sussex Research Seminar series will return in 2016. If there are particular subjects that you would like to see covered please send your suggestions to: 

Who owns your research? Copyright in the digital age

Thursday 29th January, 12.30- 2.30pm in the Library Meeting Room

Researchers have always owned copyright in their own research outputs as well as making use of others’ copyrighted-materials, but the possibilities for assigning, licensing and infringing these rights are more complex in a digital world.  Andres Guadamuz, a Sussex researcher who has been involved in Creative Commons, shared his views on disseminating research more freely, and Katherine Ryan from SAGE provided the publisher’s perspective.


Andres Guadamuz - Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Sussex

Katherine Ryan Senior Rights and Licensing Manager, SAGE Publications (slides)

Developing a sustainable approach to managing digital research outputs

Thursday 26th February, 12-2pm in the Library Meeting Room

Digital research outputs are increasingly common, but how can institutions and individuals ensure they are preserved and shared in line with funder requirements? Institutions are required to put in place a rigorous and sustainable approach to archiving and preserving these digital collections.
Neil Grindley from Jisc spoke about the approach being taken to support institutions in this, alongside Dr Chris Warne who is responsible for co-ordinating the acquisition of archival material relating to Resistance Testimony at Sussex.


Chris Warne - Lecturer in French History, University of Sussex (audio/ slides)

Neil Grindley - Head of Resource Discovery, Jisc (audio/ slides)

Chaired by Rachel Thomson - Professor of Childhood & Youth Studies, University of Sussex

>Book Sprints and Big Data: new methods of collaborative research in the humanities

Thursday 12th March, 12-2pm in the Library Meeting Room

We are familiar with research and academic writing being produced collaboratively in the Sciences. This Seminar presented two different and successful collaborative approaches to producing research outputs in the Humanities. Dave Berry spoke about his experience of Book Sprints in relation to academic writing and Jane Winters focussed on the benefits of working collaboratively on Big Data in the Humanities.


Dave Berry - Reader in Media & Communication, University of Sussex (audio)

Jane Winters - Professor of Digital History and Head of Publications, School of Advanced Study, University of London (audio (Sussex users only) / slides)

Chaired by Jill Kirby - Research Fellow in Mass Observation studies, University of Sussex

Moving towards an Open Access future 

Thursday 26th March, 12-2pm in the Library Meeting Room

The transition to unrestricted access to research is progressing, with the UK Research Councils and now HEFCE mandating that outputs should be made Open Access. This seminar explored the wider implications of this openness on the nature of research, and for institutions. Ben Johnson explained the rationale behind HEFCE’s policy for REF2020 alongside Thomas Nowotny, who talked about what Open Access means for his discipline and research.  


Ben Johnson - Higher Education Policy Adviser (Research), HEFCE (audioslides)

Thomas Nowotny - Professor of Informatics, University of Sussex (audio / slides)

Chaired by Ian Carter - Director of Research and Enterprise, University of Sussex