In my role as Haplo’s Systems Administrator, one of my responsibilities is to ensure that Haplo is more than providing the most flexible software platform, it’s also about providing a hosting platform that takes the best possible care of your data.
To do so, we closely and carefully control everything that goes into our hosting platform.
All our equipment is located in our own dedicated locked racks in data centres run by specialists. They provide us with network connectivity, power and cooling, and physical security.
As Haplo’s new Sales and Marketing Manager, I was keen to attend this year’s Vitae Researcher Development International Conference.
It was an early start for me, up at 5am trundling through London with my wheelie suitcase full of PhD Manager booklets and bags of Maltesers (for giving away of course, not for personal consumption!) But we got to Birmingham in no time thanks to a super fast train and exceptionally well chosen location for the conference, just a few minutes walk from Birmingham International station.
Getting my flight from London City Airport on Wednesday, I was excited to arrive in Edinburgh. It was my first visit to the Scottish capital and the Repository Fringe came highly recommended. Plus, with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival already started, I was really looking forward to seeing the city.
At the conference over the next two days I was struck by the enthusiasm of the attendees for the vision of academic research. Representatives were present from a wider variety of parties interested in academic repositories – university and industry research libraries, repository and e-notebook vendors, researchers and administrators.
Haplo will be working with Imperial College London and Cardiff University to provide their Research Data Management repositories. Haplo’s focus on building highly secure systems will ensure this important research is kept safe for future researchers.
On 23 June, Haplo hosted the launch of the PhD Manager User Group, with attendees from the University of Westminster, the University of Northampton, the University of Leeds, the University of East London, London South Bank University, the Open University and the University of South Wales.
The Open University and SOAS have recently selected PhD Manager to support their Graduate Schools. We’re delighted to welcome these new institutions to our growing family of PhD Manager users.
Haplo’s Technical Director, Ben Summers, has won the Creative Digital Entrepreneur award in the Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards. The Award was presented in recognition of Haplo’s success developing research management systems to universities.
Lewisham Council said “Haplo Services are a really good example of digital entrepreneurship, well-established and have found a niche in which to excel.”
Marcus Cerny, the Deputy Director of the PhD Academy at London School of Economics has won the Haplo sponsorship for the UKCGE conference in Porto in July.
The conference is UKCGE’s keynote event of the year, and will be attended by colleagues and stakeholders in the postgraduate sector, from across the UK, Europe and beyond.
At Haplo, we’ve built a really strong team of developers by hiring people who are early on in their career, and helping them learn within an environment which is deliberately set up to support them.
We’ve chosen to focus on early stage developers for two main reasons.
The University of Leeds, University of East London and London South Bank University have all recently selected PhD Manager to support their Graduate Schools.
Dr Laura Boubert and Dr Donna Taylor, from the University of Westminster, described the impact of Haplo’s support for research ethics at the International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona.
Haplo has been selected as one of the key repository providers in an ambitious two year Jisc project to develop Research Data Management services for universities.