Profiles RNS updates to version 2.6.0

Last week, a new update was released for Profiles RNS, the open source research and collaboration tool created by Harvard Catalyst.

Profiles RNS automatically imports and analyses institutional research data to build and maintain a searchable database of individual public profiles, creating an effective social networking resource for research collaboration. Symplectic is an authorised service provider of Profiles RNS, and we’re excited to see its development continue with these new improvements.


Profiles RNS


Version 2.6.0 contains various new features regarding integrations, ORCID, and more, along with important accessibility updates, bug fixes and database changes.

Below is a preview of the release notes, with the full list of changes included in the open source download. And remember, you can always contact us with questions, or for information on upgrading your Profiles RNS instance to this latest release.

Profiles RNS 2.6.0 Release Date: March 23, 2015

What’s New

1. A number of small changes to install data and related stored procedures. These will simplify source control and release activities.
2. BasicOrcidModule to record and display ORCID identifiers for institutions who are not
members of ORCID, and thus unable to use the ORCID integration.
3. 508 Compliance. Enhancements to accessibility of site.
4. Displaying PMID and PMCID values, and links to Pubmed Central in publication lists.
5. URI and ORCID included in disambiguation XML.
6. Download contact information in vCard format.
7. Further support for Open Research Network Gadgets.

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