Recap: Digital Science North American User Meeting 2019

At the beginning of October, we hosted our annual North American user meeting in the vibrant Mid-Western city of Chicago. For the first time since we started our North American user meetings 8 years ago, we decided to team up with our fellow Digital Science colleagues from Altmetric, Figshare and Dimensions to hold a joint conference.

The event was held at Catalyst Ranch, a unique venue that provided a relaxed and engaging atmosphere for our clients. At the start of the meeting our CEO, Jonathan Breeze and the founder of Figshare, Mark Hahnel gave a joint presentation on the challenges facing institutions today and how Digital Science works to alleviate them.



Our very popular client stories session followed. We heard from a number of our clients how they use the different Digital Science tools to help inform and build their institutional research management strategy. Other sessions throughout the day provided our team with the opportunity to present updates on our development roadmap as well as insights into some exciting new features (ahead of our most recent release).




Day two of the user meeting brought on more client led presentations. These were lightening-style talks where clients briefly discussed a challenge they faced and how they used our tools as part of the solution. The last session of the meeting was an interactive workshop where clients offered feedback on our designs for Elements Version 6.

“It was a fantastic and very productive conference getting to work with our clients in person – both in helping them solve problems by making the most of our product, and in working together to perfect our upcoming features.”

– Burç Kibaroglu, Software Developer for Symplectic

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all attendees for travelling here and participating. Please get in touch if you have any questions or feedback, and we look forward to seeing you at another one of our events!

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Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries, Carnegie Mellon

I cannot overstate how pleased we have been.
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Caleb Smith, Senior Strategy Manager for Research Intelligence & Analytics, University of Michigan

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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
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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