#PRCN2019: It’s not you, it’s me: Moving from local to cloud-hosted Pure

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Rich Gough, Leigh Stork Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Aston University has hosted Pure locally since we adopted it as our CRIS in 2012. In the spring of 2019 we determined that moving Pure to an Elsevier hosted and maintained solution would deliver the stability and resources needed to support critical government research assessment activities (Research Excellence Framework 2021) as well as the day-to-day use of Pure by our academics. The main drivers for the move were performance issues, limited institutional technical knowledge and capacity to support and update Pure, and also a desire to switch to the new Pure Portal and stay on top of critical system updates. This presentation will share how Aston determined which hosting solution was appropriate for its needs, and the activities necessary to migrate a locally hosted Pure and new portal, including: •Setting up, testing and verifying synchronisations, user authentication, online import sources, and mail settings. •Working with our repository host to establish and test the Pure-Eprints connector. •Testing and verifying the result of the transfer of the local Pure database to a hosted environment. •Configuring the new Pure Portal in line with the university branding. We will finish our talk with a discussion of the lessons learned from the project, including the challenges encountered and benefits realised, and feedback from our community of users.

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