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My employer is considering implementing Atira PURE to help manage grant applications and grant funding at the university level. Seems like it might have some benefits... but could also add a costly and unnecessary layer of overhead.

Any experience with this or the equivalent?

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Is this On-topic? Seems more relevant to administration, than academia. – Noble P. Abraham Oct 1 '12 at 9:48
@NobleP.Abraham Academia is not only about research, administration is a big part of it… FAQ says “inner workings of research departments”, which seems to cover this question. – F'x Oct 1 '12 at 9:53
Administration is an inseparable part of academia. But about direct relevance of this question to research community ... – Noble P. Abraham Oct 1 '12 at 15:16

We use pure at our university to register publications. Maybe we also use it for other purposes, but I have only been affected by the publication part.

The registration of publications is a necessity, because the university uses this information to distribute money to different research groups (e.g. each year there is a bonus based on the number of published peer-reviewed articles in a recognised journal.

I've occasionally been assigned the task for my group to make sure all our articles were "registered in pure", and I can say that it works reasonably well. The interface is not superb, and I wouldn't like to work with it all day, but it gets the job done. I don't know anything about the alternatives.

It does also generate a fancy and completely useless person graph.

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