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We will provide further integration with Symplectic that will change the way in which a researcher's ‘Key’ publications are selected on their profile. Currently, we synchronise each Haiku website with Symplectic every evening, and this pulls in all of the publications that are related to each of the profiles SSO usernames. All of these publications are displayed on the Haiku website, as well as related to each individual profile. Profile owners then have the ability to flag any of their publications as ‘Key’, which displays these separated out from the ‘Recent’ publications.

The proposed development will change how this functionality works. Within Symplectic, users have the ability to ‘Star’ publications that they see as their most prominent, or favourite publications. Haiku is not currently setup to respect this flag related to a publication, and this is why users have to manually flag their publications as ‘Key’. We propose to respect the ‘Starred’ publications flag that is attributed to a publication, and define a user's ‘Key’ publications list from their ‘Starred’ publications in Symplectic.

The two main impacts of this development would be the following: 

  1. Key publications would only be managed through Symplectic, for all synchronised publications, and can therefore only be managed by users with the appropriate editing permissions.
  2. Key publications would only be updated on a a Haiku site when the publications synchronisation happens (e.g. only every evening).


AS A RESEARCHER I want Haiku to recognise which my starred publications are in symplectic, and display them as my ‘Key publications’ on my Haiku profile SO THAT I can manage all my publications in one single place.

AS AN ADMIN I want Haiku to list a researcher's ‘Key publications’ as the publications that they have starred in Symplectic SO THAT the researchers, or myself do not have to manage the publications in more than one location.


What are you trying to do that our product is not able to support?

Currently, researchers are able to 'Star' publications in Symplectic, as a way of making them their key publications. Although they do this, they also then have to go into their profile on a Haiku site, and split their publications manually between 'Key' and 'Recent'. It would be great if all of this was managed in 1 place, for example if Haiku respected a researchers 'Starred' publications, and showed them in the 'Key' publications section automatically.

What is the reason that you need to be able to do this?

To streamline the process, and make it easier for researchers to keep on top of their publications management.

What is the impact of you not being able to do this?

Some researchers 'Key' publications may be out of date, or updating them simply takes twice as long, as the update is having to be done in 2 seperate locations.


Anne Bowtell says:
Monday, 9 October 2017, 2.23 pm

I think it is a great idea to include this feature of Symplectic. My one concern would be that we aren't sure that all departments and researchers are yet using that feature in Symplectic itself. It would be ideal if we could have both tiles running for a while, allowing researchers or department admin to switch in the new tile once they were sure that the automatic listing did what they wanted.

Anne Bowtell says:
Monday, 9 October 2017, 2.36 pm

May I also add another sneaky request while you are looking at this. It may need review by someone who knows Symplectic better than I do. As I understand it, there is an option for a researcher to indicate which of the multiple sources of records for a single publication is their preferred source. At the moment I suspect we don't take this into account when selecting a record - instead using the departmental-wide preference. Where a researcher has made this selection for a publication, it would be good to honour it (although I can see there might be problems where one author chooses one source and a second author on the same publication chooses another...