Practice research works

Information Services support the diverse range of research outputs created by researchers across all disciplines and at all career stages at the University of Kent.

How we support you

We work with you from the conception of your research project, through to archiving, data management, dissemination and preservation of practice research works. This helps with:

  • creating high quality funding applications
  • collaborations
  • increasing the reach of your research inside and outside of academia.

Our core offer

As part of our core offer we:

  • provide repositories for the preservation of the practice research works:
  • offer advice on practice research work preservation, including digitisation, portfolio archiving and copyright issues
  • deliver these services in accordance with industry standards and best practice developed in discussion with national bodies, including funders and special interest groups.

Using KAR and KDR gives you:

  • persistent identifiers for the greatest reach of your practice research works or data
  • archiving standards
  • metrics for the use of your work through download tracking
  • the ability to cross reference and group research outputs across a research project, including publications, presentations, creative works and defiant objects

We can advise you on:

Digitisation, including:

  • analogue to digital
  • digital to digital
  • sustainable file formats
  • website preservation.

Portfolio archives, including demonstrating research quality through portfolio submissioncuration of collections.

Copyright, including the use:

  • of other people’s work in your practice research
  • sharing and re-use of your own practice research works and your licensing choices.

What is practice research?

Practice research works are items that arise from the synergy of a creator’s research and practice. They exist in a wide variety of formats, can be intangible and are enhanced by specialist support for description, preservation and discovery.

Practice research works could include, but are not limited to:

  • physical objects (buildings, sculptures, paintings, films, novels, book art)
  • events (performances, exhibitions, curations, demonstrations)
  • transient works (where time is a crucial part of the outcome)

Practice research works can be evidenced through:

  • recordings (photo, audio, video)
  • portfolio (collection of related materials)
  • digital surrogates (image, audio, video)
  • research methods archiving (for example sketchbooks, logbooks, workbooks, lab books)

Get support

Click the button below to email the Research and Scholarly Communication Support team about practice research works.

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