Figshare & Symplectic North American User Conference

We’re delighted to announce that we will be holding an in-person 2-day event for our North American user community. The event will feature presentations from both the Symplectic Team and the Figshare Team, including themes across Open Access and Open Data, systems interoperability and joined-up data, and evaluation and review.


  • Date: October 3-4, 2023
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA


We can’t wait to see you in person again and are currently working on finalizing the program for the day. We will communicate further details in the coming weeks.

If you’d like to present and share your experiences on a particular topic, we welcome client talks and would love to hear from you on your ideas for a session – please get in touch!

All clients are welcome; if you have not yet received an invite and would like to attend, please get in touch via the form below.




Day 1

9.00-9.10 Welcome and Housekeeping, JD Kearse, Digital Science

9.10-9.30 Company Update, Claire Turner, Digital Science

9.30-9.50 Symplectic Elements: Highlights from recent releases, Kate Byrne, Digital Science

9.50-10.20 Symplectic Elements: Roadmap, Kate Byrne, Digital Science

10:20-10:40 Client Success & Engagement, Julie Noelke, Digital Science

10.40-11.10 Morning Break

11.10-11.40 Discovery Search: Helping people find your experts, Kate Byrne, Digital Science

11.40-11.55 Client speaker: Showcasing expertise using custom label schemes in Discovery, Sandy De Groote, University of Illinois, Chicago

11.55-12.10 Client speaker: The Ohio Innovation Exchange: A Ten-University Collaborative Supporting Ohio’s Knowledge Economy, Tim Cain, Ohio Innovation Exchange

12.10-12.40 Showcasing Groups with Discovery, Kate Byrne, Digital Science

12.40-1.40 Lunch Break and Networking

1.40-2.10 Redesigning Groups: Managing and showcasing internal organisation structures, Kate Byrne, Digital Science

2.10-2.25 Client Speaker: Carnegie Mellon University. Sustainability Initiatives and SDG Tracking in Elements, Alexandra Hiniker and Jason Glenn.

2.25-2.45 Creating review & approval workflows with the updated Assessment Module, Kate Byrne, Digital Science

2.45-3.05 Preview of the latest State of Open Data Report, Andrew McKenna-Foster, Digital Science

3.05-3.25 Afternoon Break

3.25-3.45 Using Elements and Figshare together as an Open Access Solution, Claire Turner, Digital Science

3.45-4.00 Open Access Monitoring & Reporting: Expanding the OA Monitor to support the wider OA landscape, Kate Byrne, Digital Science

4:00-4.30 Figshare: Highlights from recent releases, Andrew Mckenna-Foster, Digital Science

4.30-4.50 Figshare Roadmap, Kate Byrne, Digital Science

5.15-6.30 Networking Drinks – The Bigelow, DoubleTree

Day 2

9.00-9.05 Welcome and housekeeping, JD Kearse, Digital Science

9.05-9.35 Beyond Journal Articles: Considerations in making a wide range of research outputs openly available, Claire Turner, Digital Science

9.35-9.50 Client Speaker – Virginia Tech. Research data infrastructure in libraries: challenges and opportunities, Jon Petters.

9.50-10.20 Client Speaker: Oklahoma State University – Getting the most of of the Elements API, Clarke Iakovakis.

10.20-10.40 Morning Break

10.40-11.20 Workshop: Engagement strategies on campus, Julie Noelke, Digital Science

11.20-12.00 Workshop: Where to from here? Informing our future roadmaps, Kate Byrne, Digital Science

12.00-1.00 Lunch Break

1.00-3.00 Workshop: Getting to know the Figshare API, Andrew Mckenna-Foster, 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