Australasian User Conference 2018

Deakin University, Melbourne

30th & 31st January 2018

We are delighted to present our 2018 Australasian User Conference, taking place at Deakin University, Downtown Melbourne, on January 30th & 31st, 2018.

This is an annual gathering of members of Symplectic’s user community, with showcases of new and developing product features, interactive workshops, and opportunities to influence product development by giving feedback.

Our event is open to institutions currently using or implementing Elements, as well as institutions wishing to learn more about our products and services.

This event is part of the Digital Science Showcase Week, featuring Symplectic, Altmetric, Readcube, figshare, and exciting new offerings from the Digital Science group. Click the registration link below to see the full agenda for the week.


Tuesday 30th January

09.30 Registration & Coffee
10.00 Welcome
10.10 What's new at Symplectic?

Jonathan Breeze, CEO will summarise what the Symplectic team have been working on since the last Australasia conference and comment on the company’s future direction.
10.30 Elements goes Public!

Delegates will be treated to the first live demonstration of the Elements public profile (due for release Q2 2018) and will learn how Elements customers will be able to register for the Elements public profile following its full release later in the year.
11.00 Client Panel Session

A panel comprising representatives from Symplectic’s user community will share their experiences of reusing data captured within Elements for a variety of use cases, followed by a Q and A.
11.45 Comfort Break
12.00 Latest Open Access and Repository Initiatives

Kate Byrne, Repository Platforms Product Manager will provide an update on our latest repository integration technology, including the ability to use Elements to deposit electronic files in multiple repositories, whilst also tracking open access engagement levels via a single tool.
12.30 Automating the nomination of outputs for annual collection via the Elements API

Marko Božiković, Senior Developer at Symplectic will demonstrate how to use the Elements API to automate the nomination of outputs as part of an annual collection exercise (formally known as HERDC collection). Marko will also demonstrate how to subsequently set or change the assessment status of nominated outputs based on agreed criteria; thus making it possible to ‘bulk’ assess outputs via the Elements API.
12.45 Lunch Break
14.00 Lightning Demonstrations

Members of the Symplectic team will provide a number of ‘lightning’ demonstrations of new tools and functionality featured in the Elements development roadmap.
14.30 Parallel Sessions - Please choose one of the following:

A) Beyond Citation Counting

During this session we will focus on how the Symplectic Elements Assessment module can be used to support institutional research assessments and associated workflows, including how the module is being used to support institutional promotion and review processes; to carry out short surveys/polls of research active staff and to conduct internal peer reviews of research portfolios. Members of the Australasian user community will also be asked to share examples of their own internal review processes and to comment on the future development of the module.

B) Are you doing it all wrong?!

Following the introduction of ‘automatic claiming’ in April 2017, a number of our clients decided to revisit their past strategies for harvesting, disambiguating and classifying publication data inside Elements. During this session we will explain how automatic claiming works with pre-existing name based search settings. We will also explain the logic behind ‘labels’ inside Elements and how these can be updated automatically via the Elements API to help reduce the need to manually curate metadata fields for not only publications but also grants, professional activities, teaching activities and user profiles.
15.30 Comfort Break
15.45 Community Workshop

Members of the ANZ Symplectic user community will be asked to comment on a number of potential extensions to Symplectic Elements. Including the potential introduction of a new mechanism that might allow Elements customers to periodically push data captured in Elements to the ORCID registry (subject to institutional ORCID membership).
16.30 Close

Wednesday 31st January

09.30 Digital Science Morning Session

As well as product update talks from Symplectic, figshare, Altmetric and Readcube, the team will provide a first look at the newest product innovation from Dimensions.

A coffee break will also be scheduled for mid-morning.
12.40 Lunch
13.20 Symplectic Workshops

A) New Zealand Client Meeting

A chance for Symplectic’s New Zealand user community to meet with Symplectic staff and discuss topics specific to the research information landscape in New Zealand.

B) Reporting Workshop

This session will explore various aspects of Elements' reporting capabilities, including a number of short tutorials aimed at Elements clients who wish to use the Elements reporting database to create topic-based maps.
16.45 Digital Science Cocktail Reception at Chiara Restaurant

Thursday 1st February

09.30 Continuation of Digital Science Showcase Week

The event continues with figshare (morning) and Altmetric (afternoon) user meetings - please see the full agenda for more information.
16.00 Close

Why should you attend?

A valuable forum for learning, sharing and networking, the conference is a great way to see how other institutions are tackling the challenges of research management, with workshops and demonstrations from colleagues and our team.

  • Learn more about Elements

    Our attendees will take home improved expertise, best practices that can be shared with colleagues, and greater enthusiasm for the system’s possibilities. Learn from others about implementations, data migrations, institutional adoption, user experience and researcher engagement.

  • Influence our roadmap

    Members of our product and business development teams will be present throughout the conference, so attendees will be able to discuss and provide feedback on Symplectic Elements. As with all our development, this feedback will directly influence our future initiatives.

  • Make new connections

    For all those involved in the use of Symplectic systems, this will be an invaluable meeting point, bringing together researchers, administrators, librarians, heads of department, and members of our team. Some of our colleagues from Digital Science will also be in attendance, providing further opportunities to meet innovators and influencers in the world of research technology.

AUS Conference

A great genuine way of engaging with Symplectic with an open and enquiring Symplectic staff. Well supported by relevant ‘associated’ providers and active practitioners.Australasia Conference Attendee
“I really appreciated the Symplectic team’s openness and receptiveness to feedback. The ability to share experiences as users and engage in dialogue was the most helpful part of the meeting.”
US Conference Attendee
This was my first Symplectic conference so I didn’t really know what to expect but I have been absolutely blown away by the whole experience! Brilliant presentations, wonderful workshops, a relaxed and supportive community feel like no other conference I have been to and most importantly a feeling that Symplectic (and attendees) are genuinely interested in seeking, receiving, listening to and providing feedback, suggestions, concerns, solutions… and much more! Thank you!UK Conference Attendee

The Venue

Located in the heart of the Deakin University Downtown campus, the venue is easily accessible by public transport.

For help planning your journey, please visit Public Transport Victoria.


Deakin University,
Tower 2, Level 12,
727 Collins Street,