BLC and Digital Science Workshop: "Addressing the Emerging Needs of the Research Ecosystem"

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

The Boston Library Consortium and Digital Science invite you to attend a workshop focused on the management, dissemination, and collaboration around research data in the university.  Today’s research ecosystem is increasingly complex and includes players from many different departments and groups within the academy: research and sponsored program staff, the CIO and IT staff, library deans/directors and their scholarly communications and research data management librarians, university marketing and communications staff and, of course, the researchers themselves. 

Meeting the diverse requirements of these varied groups in efficient and cost-effective ways requires that quality data are able to flow in and out of university information systems, often populating such diverse technologies as grants management systems, researcher profiles, institutional repositories, and enterprise data warehouses.  Non-traditional measures of research impact such as Altmetrics and the increasingly prevalent funder mandates create new challenges for universities as they look to ensure a robust research information management environment.

On Friday, November 21st, the workshop will be held at Tufts University (Medford campus). Lunch is included.


9:30AM: Introduction and Welcome, Susan Stearns, Boston Library Consortium, Susan Pastore, Digital Science

9:45AM: Research Information Management: Making Sense of it All - The creation of an authoritative institutional data source requires a thorough understanding of the subject area, the adoption of effective processes, strong stakeholder communication and a comprehensive appreciation of available sources of supporting data. 

Faced with growing competition for future funding and increased calls to both disseminate and demonstrate the impact resulting from research activity carried out by their researchers, many research intensive institutions are now implementing Research Information Management Systems (RIMs) to help collate the often fragmented sets of data maintained across an institution and to blend these with external data sources in a bid to reduce the administrative burden historically associated with capturing and managing data about an institution’s research activity.

In this session, the presenter will reflect on the emergence of research information management systems, their key functions, the types of data they can capture; the intersection of RIMs with other institutional systems (e.g. Institutional Repositories and Profile Systems) and the resulting benefit afforded to institutions that deploy institution-wide RIM systems.

Based on both his own experience of implementing a RIM at Imperial College London and having worked with many other leading research institutions whilst at Symplectic, the presenter will also discuss how research libraries and librarians are often uniquely placed to promote and support the adoption of RIMs by Faculty and how they also often go on to play a more central role in the planning of future institutional research information data collection. 

11:00AM: One University’s Transition to the Research Information Age- The University of New Hampshire is in the final stages of implementing two types of research information systems. As a relatively small land-, sea- and space-grant institution, with by far the lowest per capita state support among its peers, moving initiatives like this forward faces particular challenges. This talk will focus on telling the UNH story, which is still very much in its early stages but also has a lot of lessons that have been learned. Important parts of the story include the development and socialization of the imperative for undertaking this effort, securing funding, and working with a myriad of organizations including central IT, Research Computing, the central administration, Project Management Office and even the library! This talk will provide details about the strategy used to develop and move this initiative forward, including details of the arguments used to “sell” the need for this type of intelligence. The strategy for this necessarily hit on many different levels: the need and benefit to individual faculty researchers, integration with strategic initiatives in the library, and benefits to upper administration, center and institute directors, and the larger positioning of the university in a competitive landscape. This presentation will also highlight some of the challenges that have been encountered – in particular, those many challenges that were completely unexpected during the planning phases!

12:15: Lunch

1:15: The Evolving World of Research Data Management: Options and Opportunties- Technology for data management is always evolving. Much of the newest functionality for researchers is led by innovation in other spaces. Management, dissemination and collaboration around research data is key to both the development of scholarly communication and quickly becoming a requirement as more and more funders see the benefits of open research.  

With new funder mandates, researchers as well as institutions are faced with a research data management problem. Management, dissemination and collaboration around research data is key to both the development of scholarly communication and quickly becoming a requirement as more and more funders mandate open data. Technology is helping researchers to be able to communicate both positive and negative research results more openly, share data that has previously been locked away on desktops, and develop research objects as a publishing output in its own right.  figshare is at the forefront of both cloud based research management and collaboration and the drive towards open data as well as being one of a myriad of new technology companies operating in the research area.  

This session will look at the research data management landscape and the different approaches that are being taken to adjust to the various funder mandates.


Our Speakers:

Dr. Mark Hahnel

Dr. Kevin Gardner

Jonathan Breeze


To Register: Email Susan Stearns, Executive Director, Boston Library Consortium –  - and include any dietary requirements for the lunch.