Selected as RMAS Vendor

RMAS – developing a framework for shared research management and administration

RMAS (Research Management and Administration Systems) is a [HEFCE][1] funded initiative headed by the Universities of Exeter, Sunderland and Kent. The project aims “to help universities and colleges become more efficient by improving the research management and administration process”. It has been estimated that savings of 10 – 20% can be achieved by streamlining processes and removing inefficiencies, while providing an effective system to develop, monitor and progress research information.

Symplectic selected as a vendor

Symplectic is proud to have been selected as a vendor in 2 of the Lots provided by RMAS:

  • Lot 4 = Academic Expertise
  • Lot 9 = Outcomes & Outputs
Lot 4 – Academic Expertise

This module will help researchers build and hold an effective CV of all their research outputs. It will automatically integrate research profiles, outputs, organisations and funding into one easy-to-manage location. The Lot 4 module is closely linked to Lot 9 and the required functionality is carried out by [Elements’ Research Environment][2] package.

Lot 9 – Outcomes and Outputs

Lot 9 forms the basis of the information that will be displayed on a researchers CV in Lot 4. It will store research information such as publications, awards, grants and professional activities. This data will allow related content to be linked together from others within the organisation and will help to form an overview of research activity within an institution. Most importantly, this module has a link to institutional repositories to allow full text uploads of publications and other research related works. This functionality is already available via [Elements’ Repository Tools][2] package.

More about RMAS

Head over to University of Exeter’ [blog][3] to keep up to date with what’s happening.

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