Symplectic NAC/VIVO 2013

We recently held the first ever Symplectic North American Conference and wanted to thank all of our delegates for making the day such a great success.

Special thanks to VIVO and our partners

The conference was held after VIVO 2013, a conference we have been proud to support for many years. It was great to see such a vibrant, collaborative community and this is a reflection of the hard work that the core VIVO team have been doing.

The conference hosted some great talks and our whole team took part in some really interesting discussions. Simon Porter, keynote speaker at Symplectic NAC 2013, gave an compelling talk on capability maps (download), while Bob Krall and Michael Winkler showcased the history of their VIVO ecosystem (download). We must also congratulate once again, the winner of the Symplectic gift basket which was raffled at our table during the poster sessions. A special thanks to Kristi Holmes and the rest of the VIVO team for hosting such a great event.

A bite of success

S(ymplectic)NAC kicked off with a few words from Jonathan, followed by an insightful talk by our keynote, Simon Porter. A relaxed Saturday atmosphere inspired lots of lively discussions throughout the day and the UK team were really impressed by the collaborative spirit shown by our American colleagues.

Sum up

Jonathan revealed our upcoming ORCiD integration, and John showcased some of our planned extensions to the user profile (to much fanfare!). Graham hosted a great talk on open access and Adrien did a fascinating joint session with Paolo Mangiafico from Duke on the implementation of Elements at their institution. If you would like to see any of the slides please get in touch with Sabih via or log onto our support site.

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

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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
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