RPRG Expands Campus-wide

The Research Project Resource Guide website was created to be UW-Madison’s one stop shop for each phase of a research project. RPRG was originally suggested and created by WID’s Research IT Coordinator, Em Craft and championed by former WID Director David Krakauer. The website has been further enhanced since its roll out to the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery in late June of 2015 by adding a robust tagging system and many more new resources.

Now ready to be implemented campus-wide, the website aggregates best practices and the latest information on services for all phases of a research project. To keep the information current, direct links are provided to each of the knowledge sources. Users and resource providers are encouraged to continually offer updates and new links for the directory by suggesting them as they become available.

IRB search example
Example of searching for the acronym IRB in the rprg.wisc.edu website.

A researcher can use as much or as little of the website as they wish. Someone new to a faculty position or new to UW-Madison may feel the need to read through or scan the entire site which is mapped out in Initiate, Execute and Complete phases. Others can use the robust search feature to supplement what they already know.

The acronym page is an asset to everyone on campus whether they are executing a research proposal or simply stuck in the UW-Madison alphabet soup. It can delineate between DMP (Data Management Plan) and DPN (Digital Preservation Network) and each entry has a direct link to either definitions or the organizations they represent.

There are over ninety linkable entities on the resource page tagged with their function in the research and reporting workflow and referenced back to their position in the Initiate, Execute and Complete sequence.

The software page not only connects the user to a software purchase venue but also directs them to software training for over 175 titles. The software can be sorted by name, purchasing venue and training offered.

Within the coming month, the website will be added to My UW furthering the connection with research faculty, students and administrators to these vital services. As a living and evolving website, Michelle Craft welcomes input and looks forward to hearing from the campus community. She has activated a twitter account to accept additional resources @rprg_wi.

— Patricia Pointer