What happens at DARTS? Well, we tend to talk lots, network with like-minded people, eat some fantastic food, drink a bit of wine, explore the grounds of Dartington Hall and listen and cogitate on all of this:


In 2018 the conference theme was Back to Basics.

Read the Twitter #darts6 conversations for a flavour of the conference. We also have a DARTS6 conference Twitter moment compiled by @PhdGeek, and @Kiminthelibrary  Wakelet collation of Twitter posts.

There is also a UK Copyright Literacy Blog Post on the conference, a Cranfield University Libraries Blog Post on the games and a few photos on Flickr 


In 2017, past organisers of the conference wrote an article for SCONUL Focus (Vol. 69) reflecting on how the conference and research support had changed ‘Changes in the research support landscape over the last ten+ years: reflections on the DARTS conference series 2005-2018’

cropped-logotest1.jpgIn 2016 the focus of the conference was on the move to digital/online research services and developing research support

Tweets from DARTS5 can be viewed here: and pictures taken over the two days are here:

During break times we had a series of research challenges displayed for delegates to ponder and comment on. This is what people said:

DARTS4 – 2014

Check out the Twitter conversations from DARTS4 at:

DARTS3 – 2012

Twitter conversations from DARTS3 at

DARTS2 – 2009

  • Sally Curry (Research Information Network)
  • Moira Bent (Newcastle University) and Pat Gannon Leary (Northumbria University) – “Writing for publication: researchers and the role of the Library ‘one thing to remember …’
  • Nicola Cockarill (University of Plymouth) – REF pilot at Plymouth
  • Graeme Rosenberg (HEFCE) – Development of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Fereshteh Afshari (Imperial College) – Developing an integrated institutional repository: Symplectic and Spiral
  • Chris Pressler (University of Nottingham) – DART Europe e-theses
  • Jessica Gardner and Ahmed Abu-Zayed(Exeter University) – CHARTER digitisation project

DARTS – 2005

  • Christopher Pressler (Dartington College of Arts) – “Welcome and introduction”
  • Elizabeth Heaps (York University)
  • Jan Wilkinson (British Library)
  • RAE Representative
  • Bill Hubbard (SHERPA)
  • David Nicholas (UCL)
  • Chris Bradford (Warwick University) and Angela Brady (Brunel University)
  • Dr Jessica Gardner (University of Exeter)

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