Recap: North American Virtual User Meeting 2020

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15 September 2020

We have yet another successful virtual event – this time in North America. The aim of our user meetings is reconnecting with our client base and sharing our plans for future development of The Elements Platform. This year’s 2-day virtual user meeting was no different. On day one we were able to share some of the most exciting updates coming to Elements, especially Version 6 which is planned to be released later this year. Guests also got to hear from Jonathan Breeze, CEO of Symplectic on the evolution of Symplectic over the last few years and the future direction of our product.



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Day 2: Hear from our clients 

On the second day of the event we handed the screen share over to four of our North American clients to share their personal experience working with The Elements Platform and the Symplectic team. We heard talks from McMaster University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Pennsylvania and The University of Illinois at Chicago. The range of topics covered allowed our user community to connect over similar challenges and triumphs – topics included implementation, assessment, reporting and more. We then followed the presentations with an open forum question and answer session. Despite these unprecedented times we are so glad we are able to connect with our user community and maintain some of the more valuable aspects of our user meetings.

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