European User Conference 2018

18TH JUNE 2018

We look forward to welcoming representatives from across our European client-base to our annual European User Conference, which this year will take place at Bloomsbury House in the heart of Bloomsbury, London.

Now in its 10th year, this annual gathering of Symplectic’s European user community will include a perfectly blended combination of presentations and demonstrations provided by those responsible for Symplectic’s products at our client’s sites, as well as interactive workshops run by the Symplectic team.

This event is open to colleagues from institutions currently using or implementing Elements, as well as institutional representatives wishing to learn more about our products and services.

It promises to be an excellent day out from the office!


Monday 18th June

09.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome and Company Update
10.20 Elements Stories: Managing System and Business Change
A panel comprising representatives from Symplectic’s user community will share their experiences of addressing system and business change with Elements, followed by Q and A.
11.20 Break
11.45 Going Public with the Elements Discovery Module 
Members of the Symplectic team will introduce the Elements Discovery Module, a new public search and discovery layer for existing Elements user profiles.During this session, delegates will learn how they will be able to make use of the new module, as well as hear from a client that included the deployment of the Discovery Module as part of their recent Elements implementation.
12.25 Data Privacy and Use of Personal Data Captured in Elements
Members of the Symplectic team will provide an overview of current and future data privacy options made available to users of Elements.This session will be of particular interest to Symplectic clients who use data captured in Elements in public web pages, including VIVO, Profiles RNS, internal content management systems and (once released) the Elements Discovery Module.
12.45 Lunch
13.45 Parallel Stream 1: REF Session (13:45 to 15:15)
Members of the Symplectic team – along with representatives of the REF Steering Group – will explain how the Elements Assessment module is supporting institutional REF 2021 preparations.This session will be particularly relevant to those responsible for collecting and managing data within Elements in support of the REF. It will also include an overview of how the Elements Assessment module will be modified to support the management of data by Unit of Assessment (UoA).
13.45 Parallel Stream 2 Part a: Open Access & Elements (13:45 – 14:15)
An exploration of how Elements supports Open Access activities featuring a presentation from a member of the Symplectic User community and an update on new functionality and future development plans from Kate Byrne, Senior Product Manager at Symplectic.This session will be particularly relevant to those responsible for collecting and managing data within Elements in support of the REF. It will also include an overview of how the Elements Assessment module will be modified to support the management of data by Unit of Assessment (UoA).
14.15 Parallel Stream 2 Part b: Demystifying the Reporting Database (14:15 – 15:15)
This session will explore various aspects of Elements’ reporting capabilities, including a number of short tutorials aimed at Elements clients who wish to make greater use of the Elements reporting database.
15.15 Break
15.35 Unconference Discussions
Informed by feedback received following last year’s user meeting, delegates will be invited to join a number of ‘unconference’ discussions suggested and voted on by delegates during the course of the meeting.Please do put your thinking caps on ahead of the meeting and come prepared to lead discussions that you believe might be relevant to fellow delegates.
Symplectic’s staff will be on hand to both support and participate in discussions.
16.30 Insights in Symplectic Product Development
Members of the Symplectic product team will provide a brief overview of ‘how’ Elements development activity is prioritised, as well as explain how we plan to allow our clients to more actively participate in future product development activities.
17.00 Close
17.15 Drinks & nibbles at a nearby location

Tuesday 19th June

Please join our Digital Science colleages at their Digital Science Showcase Event which is open to all. They have invited industry experts to share their views on the latest trends and challenges facing research organisations, and you’ll have the opportunity to see the latest developments from across the Digital Science portfolio (including mention of Symplectic’s integrations with other parts of Digital Science).

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