University of Oxford:
Implementing Symplectic Elements as an expertise search solution

The University of Oxford has been a Symplectic client since 2009. Recently, the University expanded its long-standing Symplectic Elements instance by implementing the Discovery Module, creating its new Research@Oxford expertise search portal. David Saunders, Research Information Analyst, and Martin Carrolchick, Research Information Officer, presented at the 2023 European User Day in London on the context and implementation of the new portal.

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This case study, taken from the presentation, describes: 

  • Background & context of the Oxford Research Finder (ORF) project.
  • Why Oxford transitioned from VIVO to Symplectic Elements to host its public profiles.
  • The road to implementation.
  • New opportunities for the university through public profiles.



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Oxford

With this partnership, we have the opportunity to position ourselves as
a world leader in the development of the scholarly ecosystem.

Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries, Carnegie Mellon

I cannot overstate how pleased we have been.
We have to have confidence to work with a partner
for at least 5 years on a project of this size.

Caleb Smith, Senior Strategy Manager for Research Intelligence & Analytics, University of Michigan

“Faculty need only spend perhaps less than an hour a year to prepare and submit their annual reports.”

Associate Dean, Carnegie Mellon University at Qatar

"Leveraging the interoperability between Symplectic Elements and DSpace has increased policy-driven institutional repository deposits by over 350%."

Ellen Phillips, Open Access Specialist, Boston University

Elements elegantly connected our multi-university system providing a
single source of truth throughout OIEx.

Tim Cain, The Ohio Innovation Exchange (OIEx)

The University measures the individual research activity of academic staff. This Measure of Research Activity (MoRA) requires the collection of publication data from faculty. Symplectic Elements supports this beautifully.

Floris van der Leest, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

[Elements] will help to bring transparency to the richness of thought showcased within non-traditional publications, providing a more holistic representation of faculties’ scholarly work.

Caleb Smith, University of Michigan

Feedback to date has been extremely positive from all levels across the University, with individual academics and colleagues actively promoting the ease of use of the system.

Rachel Baird, Research Policy Analyst, University of Liverpool