Trial access to Global Digimap until July 2019

The library is pleased to announce that we have trial access, until 31st July 2019, to a new collection on Digimap: Global Digimap.

The service aims to provide global datasets in cartographic styles and downloadable formats and is being offered as a trial because it is in development and Digimap would like feedback from the user community about the content and functionality.

You can access the collection by logging into Digimap as usual from the A-Z Database list and then selecting the Global heading. Please note the first time you access the resource you will need to accept a license, please read the terms and conditions as they inform you about what you can do, or not do, with the data from this resource.








In addition please note that the service is built around OpenStreetMap and Natural Earth datasets and you can see more about these datasets in this blog notice.

If you have any feedback about this service please let contact the Digimap University Rep or you can contact the Digimap team directly at

Temporary freeze on additions to OpenAIR from late February

The Publications Team will not be adding any new research outputs to our internal records or to the repository from 5pm on Tuesday 26th February until 9am on Monday 11th March.

This is an essential step in our implementation of Worktribe’s Outputs module and will ensure that the process is as smooth as possible. This should not cause any problems in terms of our compliance with the REF Open Access requirements, as long as all researchers send us the accepted versions of their journal articles and conference papers as soon as possible after they have been accepted for publication.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this transition period and will let you know if there are any adjustments to the dates stated above. If you have any questions, please contact the repository librarian at

New Forensics eBooks available

RGU library is pleased to be announce that we have access to a new selection of eBooks for Forensic Sciences as we have updated the books we have available in the FORENSICnetBASE database.

You can access them by going to the library database list and following the link to FORENSICnetBASE.

Library Database List

Once there you can either search or browse through to take a look at the books on offer:








And if you have any queries please contact the library at


OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.25 – January 2019)

Welcome to the twenty-fifth monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at

Service Updates

The Publications Team are in the process of migrating our internal records and the content of OpenAIR to the Worktribe research information system. We hope to go live with the new “Outputs” and “Repository” modules of Worktribe in March this year. In order to ensure the stability of our data during the transition, there will be a temporary freeze on all new additions to our internal records and the repository towards the end of February. Normal service will then resume after a couple of weeks. More detailed information will be given nearer the time.


The repository currently contains 3,137 links between Schools and outputs (some records are linked to multiple Schools and therefore included in this figure more than once). Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = FERNANDO, N.G., EKUNDAYO, D.O. and VICTORIA, M.F. 2018. Embodied carbon emissions of buildings: a case study of an apartment building in the UK. Presented at the 7th World construction symposium 2018: built asset sustainability: rethinking design, construction and operations, 29 June – 01 July 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • = ZAMAN, Q.M., TROIANI, I., ALTENBERGER, I. and CERVERA, R. 2018. Theorizing social fear and contested urbanism of displacement, alienation and contemporary processes of political, economic and religious-induced mobility: a cross cultural study. Presented at the 7th World meeting of UNESCO chairs in communication international symposium: communication, city and public space, 8-10 May 2018, Lima, Peru.

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR (research data is in a separate diagram):


This month, there have been a total of 11,648 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:

  • = DAKUP, K., FULFORD, H. and SUTHERLAND, B., 2014. Investigating the adoption of sustainable green initiatives in Scottish food and drink SMEs. In: B. GALBRAITH, ed. Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on innovation and entrepreneurship (ECIE), 18-19 September 2014, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Ltd [online], pages 507-513. Available from: (260 downloads)
  • = KOKOLI, A.M. 2002. The cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe: towards a feminist remodelling of (meta)history. In-Between: Essays and Studies in Literary Criticism, 11(1), pages 55-70. (255 downloads)

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = CONNON, N.G. 2007. Factors impacting on technology acceptance for the micro/SME electronics retailer. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (268 downloads)
  • = MACKIE, G.E. 2014. The influencing effect of socialization agents on male children’s sportswear choice decisions: a study of 8-11 year old male reactions to mother versus peers. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (210 downloads)
  • = ROBERTSON, D.M. 2012. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning in new graduate occupational therapists: a phenomenological study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (181 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (30.01.2019).