Symplectic APAC Virtual Showcase 2021

Our APAC User Meeting will be held virtually on 22nd-24th June. This year we’ll be coming live to you in your front rooms, office spaces, and kitchen tables with a mixture of sessions from product specialists, research institutions, and the wider Digital Science family.

Symplectic sessions are scheduled in morning (AEST) and afternoon (AEST) blocks. Please register for each block that you are interested in attending, but feel free to join at the session times that interest you. Don’t worry if you can’t make a session on the day: we’ll email you a recording of sessions you’ve signed up for following the event.

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*All times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (Melbourne/Sydney)

Pre-Conference Session: June 21, 2021

Theme: Introductory Session

Recommended for: New users and prospective customers

2:00 – 2:45 PM (AEST) An Overview of Elements (Julia Hawks, SVP, Strategy & Business Development)

New to Symplectic Elements, or want a refresher? This short session is a perfect introduction to our platform, highlighting its key use cases and most-used features. Elements brings multiple data sources together in one centralised space, allowing you to easily manage research information and funding workflows, derive powerful new insights, and showcase your research expertise.

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Day 1: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Theme: Getting the Most Out of Elements


Morning Session (AEST) 

Recommended for: Elements System Admins, Research administrators, Library staff, Marketing staff

9:00 – 9:30 AM Symplectic Update (Jonathan Breeze, CEO)

9:30 – 10:00 AM Introducing Version 6 (Kate Byrne, VP Product Development)

10:00 – 10:30 AM Discovery and Public Profiles Update (Nick Anderson, Senior Client Success Manager)

10:30 – 11:00 AM Client showcases: Building faculty outreach programs to get the most out of Public Profiles (LaTrobe University, Lincoln University)

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Afternoon Session (AEST) 

3:00 – 3:30 PM Why make the move to hosting? (Julia Hawks, SVP, Strategy & Business Development; Geirmund Knutsen, VP Client Services)

Recommended for: Elements System Admins, IT

3:30 – 4:00 PM Client showcase: University of Technology Sydney, Tatiana Vizcaino, Process & Development Analyst

4:00 – 4:30 PM Introduction to the Reporting Hub, Sam Gibbons-Frendo, Product Manager

Recommended for: Elements System Admins, Reporting & BI specialists, Research administrators, Library staff

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Day 2: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Theme: The Future of Symplectic: From Research Information to Research Management

Morning Session (AEST)

Recommended for: Elements System Admins, Research administrators, Library staff

9:00 – 9:45 AM Elements Roadmap and Functionality 2021-2022 (Kate Byrne, VP Product Development)

Kate discusses our strategic development themes and plans to expand the range of data captured within Elements including the introduction of our new Technologies Module. She also outlines our plans for further development on a number of key modules including Assessment, Impact and Discovery. 

9:45 – 10:00 AM Client showcase: Upgrading on a Hosted Instance, University of Auckland (Rachel Chidlow, Research Services Manager)

10:00 – 10:45 AM Introduction to Research Funding Solution (Manya Buchan, Senior Product Manager)

Recommended for: Elements System Admins, Research administrators, Grants Management staff

Manya gives an overview and demonstration of the new Solution. Many of our clients have asked about getting a first look at this exciting new suite of functionality to explore how further reduce the administrative burden on researchers, facilitate and track collaborative proposal development, and increase visibility of project statuses.

10:45 – 11:30 AM Networking and Meet the Symplectic Team: Your Chance to Ask Questions (Jonathan Breeze, Julia Hawks, Leonie Hayes) in the Symplectic Virtual Coffee Shop on (invite will be sent separately).

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Day 3: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Theme: Digital Science Friends & Family

8:00 – 9:00 AM (AEST) Figshare Session

  • 8:00 – 8:40 AM Figshare: Overview, highlights and what’s new (Mark Hahnel, CEO)
  • 8:40 – 8:50 AM Figments: Figshare and Symplectic Elements integration at Central Queensland University (Nicole Healy, Central Queensland University)

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9:00 AM (AEST) Dimensions Session

  • 9:00 – 9:30 AM Pathway to the new FoR codes (Simon Porter, Director of Innovation, Digital Science)
  • 9:30 – 9:50 AM Beginner’s guide to Dimensions on Google BigQuery (Danu Poyner and Jared Watts, Dimensions)
    Interested in playing with Dimensions on Google BigQuery but not sure where to start? Danu and Jared will take you through what you need to know to get started with your first project and where to get help as you begin to explore further.

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10:00 – 10:30 AM (AEST) Overleaf Session
Overleaf: Collaborative Writing for Scientific Documentation, John Hammersley, CEO

Overleaf, the award-winning collaborative LaTeX authoring platform, is being used by students, faculty, researchers and institutions around the world. John will be talking through how Overleaf is being used successfully at institutions and taking questions from the audience.

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11:00 – 11:30 AM (AEST) Ripeta Session
Trust in Your Research – Trust in Your Institution, Leslie McIntosh, CEO

Research integrity and good scientific practices are critical for faculty that work within academic institutions. In this talk we will discuss how institutions can use new machine learning and NLP tools to meet and track funder and journal reporting requirements, saving compliance-checking time while assessing the overall quality of science published on their campuses in comparison to other institutions.

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12:00 – 12:30 PM (AEST) Altmetric Session
How to do sentiment analysis on Altmetric data, Stacy Konkiel, Senior Data Analyst

The public may be talking about your research but what do these conversations mean? Sentiment analysis is increasingly necessary to determine true research influence at scale.

In this talk, Altmetric Senior Data Analyst, Stacy Konkiel, will demystify sentiment analysis for altmetrics data. Using the free and open source tools anyone can use to perform textual analysis on Altmetric data, you will learn how easy it is to get up and running with your own sentiment analysis project in minutes.

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1:00 – 2:00 PM (AEST) Dimensions API Session
Informing Collection Development with the Dimensions API, Lauren Castle, Library Team, University of New South Wales

Lauren Castle is a Collection Development Librarian at the University of New South Wales. Lauren’s team have been using the Dimensions API to provide additional insight into how the Library Collection is used and to inform collection development decisions.  In this interview and Q&A session, find out how Lauren uses Python and Google Sheets to access the Dimensions API to extract data on which journals researchers at our institution are publishing in and citing, as well as open access trends.

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2:15 – 2:45 PM (AEST) Using Altmetric, Dimensions & Figshare Together

In this presentation, representatives of the University of Melbourne’s “Visualise Your Thesis” competition will discuss how they have used Figshare as a learning tool to teach graduate researchers about different components of the research lifecycle. By utilising the Figshare repository, librarians have been able to provide real-life examples of how interoperable systems work together to track bibliometrics (including Altmetric attention and citations from Dimensions), highlight the use of Author Identifiers, the importance of creative commons, and how an online presence works into an overall ‘research narrative’.

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On Demand – Altmetric Explorer API

How to use the Altmetric Explorer API, Charlotte Perry-Houts, Implementation Manager

Watch this on-demand webinar to learn about how you can use the Altmetric Explorer API to develop a deeper understanding of the data Altmetric Explorer gathers, easily build your own search and dive into tailored ideas and use cases.

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