Celebrating our 14th Year in Business

Michael Company News

This past weekend, we celebrated our 14th year in business. Founded by four PhD physics students whilst studying at Imperial College London, Symplectic has since evolved from a spirited young startup to a global leader in research information management. In light of this joyous occasion (now that we’ve polished off the pizzas and craft ales), we’re taking a quick look …

Carnegie Mellon University partners with Digital Science

Michael Company News

We’re delighted to announce that the renowned Carnegie Mellon University have chosen Digital Science to further advance their world-class research and scholarship, which includes the use of Symplectic Elements. The official press release is below. (Keith Webster of CMU, quoted below, was also interviewed alongside our own Kate Byrne about the evolving duties of the 21st Century Librarian, as part of the Digital Science Podcast.) LONDON, …

Profiles RNS updated to version 2.10.0

Michael Product News

Earlier this month, an update was released for Profiles RNS, the open source research and collaboration platform created by Harvard Catalyst. Known for speeding up the process of finding researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration and professional networking, the latest version of PRNS adds further functionality: This release enhances the Research Activities and Funding module by automatically importing NIH …

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Modern Language Association International Bibliography now available as a data source within Elements

Michael Product News

We’re very happy to announce that the MLA International Bibliography is now available as a data source within Elements. One of the most-requested non-STEM data sources within our user community, MLA and Symplectic decided to collaborate for the benefit of our mutual (and future) clients. The feature was introduced in our September release of Elements (v5.1.2), and further extends its harvesting …

KU Leuven, the ‘Most Innovative European Research Institution’, chooses Symplectic Elements

Michael Company News

We are very happy to announce that KU Leuven, the largest university in Belgium, have selected Symplectic Elements as their output management system. This renowned university now becomes Symplectic’s first European institutional client outside the UK. Founded in 1425 and based a short distance from Brussels, KU Leuven is one of the oldest and most highly-regarded universities in Europe. With …

World Health Organization launches TDR Global, a worldwide platform for research networking

Michael Press

This week, the World Health Organization’s TDR (Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases) launched TDR Global, a worldwide platform for researcher networking and public profiling. It will provide a simple, extensive system for researchers to identify an expert, institution or network with which they can cooperate, and makes use of the open source Profiles RNS platform. Some of TDR’s …

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Open Access Week 2016 – A Roundup

Michael Team Blog

As ever, the Open Access landscape continues to blossom worldwide, and the conversation this year during Open Access Week was as lively as ever. Blogs were written, opinions were tweeted, and institutions around the world took the opportunity to promote OA engagement throughout their campuses. While we continue to work on improving researchers’ engagement with OA projects and policies (keep an …

The New Laws of Motion for Research Information

Michael Guest Blog

The following is an extract from the Digital Science White Paper, A New ‘Research Data Mechanics’, written by Simon Porter, VP Research Relations and Knowledge Architecture at Digital Science. This paper highlights six recent advances in research information infrastructure and seeks to recast how we think about metadata – not as a series of static records, but as objects that move …

Reimagining Research Profile Design with Bootstrapped VIVO

Michael Press

Bootstrapped VIVO theme brings responsive design to public profiles London/ Boston: Thursday 18th August 2016: Symplectic, a Digital Science portfolio company, today announced a beta release of a new theme for the VIVO platform. VIVO is an open source semantic web application developed and implemented by research institutions to aid researcher profiling, collaboration and discovery. Coined Bootstrapped VIVO, Symplectic’s major …

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Dimensions Updates: Altmetric, EU Funding, and One Trillion Dollars

Michael Dimensions Updates

You may have seen that Dimensions, the research funding and analysis tool from our partners at ÜberResearch, has had an increased presence in the public eye in recent weeks. Having passed a milestone in its database size, added a useful new integration, and provided data for EU research funding debates, we thought it a good time to shine the spotlight on …

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Case Study: Elements Implementation at The University of Liverpool

Michael Case Study

The University of Liverpool‘s Elements implementation began in late 2015, and by the time their story was shared at our User Conference in June 2016, had already produced some impressive statistics. The University, based in the north-west of England, is a research-intensive institution, with approximately 1200 core research staff. Their Elements system, known locally as Liverpool Elements, was introduced initially to help …

The Symplectic UK User Conference 2016: In Review

Michael Events & Conferences

Last week, team Symplectic travelled to the picturesque Selwyn College, part of the University of Cambridge, to bring together members of our user community for our UK User Conference. Over the course of two days, we hosted interactive workshops, talked about new and upcoming features, and heard stories from institutions around the country about their experiences with Elements. Day One Our …

We hosted the ORCID UK Members’ meeting

Michael Events & Conferences

Last week, we were delighted to host the first UK ORCID members’ meeting here at our London office. Members from around the country, and further afield, gathered to discuss the current state of this unique researcher identifier system. Starting the morning with a town hall discussion from the EMEA territories with 50 attendees in London and 30 joining remotely, we …

We hosted the CASRAI UK Chapter Meeting

Michael Events & Conferences

Earlier this week, we hosted the UK meeting of CASRAI (Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information), here at our London headquarters. This was the first meeting of the new UK chapter of CASRAI, bringing together members of the research community from institutions throughout the country. CASRAI is “an international nonprofit membership initiative led by research institutions and their partners. …

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A Closer Look at the Assessment Module

Michael Product Feature

Last month, we released the eagerly-anticipated Elements v5.0 – a major release containing a fully redesigned user interface and navigation, alongside a brand new feature; the Assessment Module. We announced this news in a press release and introductory video; now we’ll have a closer look into the Assessment Module itself. Periodic Assessments Periodic reviews and assessments of research staff are a …

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Announcing The Brand New Elements: v5.0

Michael Elements Updates, Press

London/ Boston: March 18th 2016: Symplectic, a provider of world-leading research information management software and services, today announces a major new addition to its flagship product, Elements. The new module will allow Symplectic’s clients to design, share and report on internal & external research assessments, streamlining what were traditionally time-intensive, paper-based activities. Designed with the researcher in mind, the new …

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Case Study: Open Access Workflow Improvements at QMUL

Michael Case Study, Guest Blog

Recently, we came across this post on the blog of opeNWorks – a community of practice for Open Access publishing in the North West of England, built on a collaboration by Jisc and the University of Manchester. It details the setup of OA policy compliance at Queen Mary University London, and a typical researchers’ workflow in depositing OA publications. We were …

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The Open Access Monitor at Liverpool John Moores University: Q&A

Michael Case Study, Guest Blog

We recently asked members of our user community about their experiences using the Open Access features within Elements. Diana Leighton (REF Manager) and Cath Dishman (Open Access & Digital Scholarship Librarian) from Liverpool John Moores University told us how their experience has been since implementing the Open Access Monitor. Here’s what they told us. Why did you decide to purchase/license the …

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Celebrating 13 Years in Research – Happy Birthday Symplectic

Michael Company News

It’s our 13th birthday! Last year, celebrating 12 years in business, we had a look back through our history to see how our company evolved alongside the needs of the research community. You can see that story (including some retro screenshots of a young Elements version) on our 12th birthday blog post. So many things have happened in the year …

The Symplectic Australasia Conference 2016 – In Review

Michael Events & Conferences

Earlier this month, we hosted the Symplectic Australasia Conference 2016 in Melbourne. Over two days in a venue with a great view of the city skyline, we had a mixture of speakers, workshops and interactive sessions. It was great to see both previous attendees and new faces in attendance, with an enthusiastic participation in each workshop. A particular highlight was the Client …