Symplectic North American Conference: Now open for registration

On Tuesday, 11th August 2015, we will be holding the third Symplectic North American Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Registration is now open for the event which will be held at District Hall.

Date: August 11th, 2015
Location: District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210, United States
Time: 8:00am to 4:30pm

The event will be a mixture of speaker sessions and workshops, and is open to institutions currently using or implementing Elements, as well as institutions wishing to learn more about Elements. You don’t need a technical background to attend, although Symplectic will have technical expertise available during the event should you wish to discuss technical aspects of the product. We will be discussing topics such as Open Access, new Elements features, use cases, and more. It will be a great opportunity to see the latest developments in the Symplectic ecosystem, as well as meet and learn from other members of the community.

A full agenda, along with further details, is available on our Eventbrite page,

Make sure to register promptly to reserve your seat, as spaces are limited. It’s shaping up to be a busy day, and we’re sure every attendee will be able to take away valuable knowledge.

We look forward to seeing you there!




Registration & conference breakfast




Company update

Jonathan Breeze, CEO


Client stories: use cases

Moderated by Julia Hawks, VP North America

UGA Elements as a Professional Activity Toolkit
Robert A. Scott, Associate Vice President for Research, University of Georgia

Implementation, Integration and Innovation: Symplectic@Cambridge
Juergen Wastl, Head of Research Information, University of Cambridge

A panel of Symplectic clients will share their own use cases for Symplectic Elements and open profiles, showcasing unique projects and sharing ideas with the audience for getting the most out of Elements.




Elements: new solutions

Nick Anderson, Product Manager

Symplectic’s Product Manager will share information regarding recent product updates and present a view of the Elements roadmap for the remainder of 2015. In addition, Nick will provide an introduction to new Elements Solutions which extend our support of Open Access, Faculty Reporting, and Analytics.


Lunch (provided)


Client stories: Elements implementation and roll-out

Moderated by Jeff Lang, Client Support Manager NA

Lauren Gala, Science and Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Pennsylvania

Julie Noelke, Project Director, University of Georgia

Midge Ray, Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Scott Troy, Systems Technician, University of New Hampshire

Symplectic clients who have recently implemented or rolled-out Elements will share their experiences, tips for best practice, and lessons learnt, to benefit those about to embark on their implementation or roll-out to faculty.


Workshop Session 1:

Delegates will need to select one of the two tracks below to attend:

Option a)  Configuring institutional reports

The Symplectic team will provide an introduction to configuring institutional defined reports in Elements, including the  creation of custom CVs, individual and group activity reports

Option b) Repository Tools Configuration and OA Monitor

During this workshop, members of the Symplectic team will explain how more recent versions of Elements can be configured to further support institutional and funder open access policies. The session will also explain how subscribers of Symplectic’s new Open Access Monitor can track compliance against their own institutional open access policies.

There should also be time to discuss planned/desired enhancements to Symplectic’s existing repository tools.




Client-led Development Forum

Moderated by Paolo Mangiafico, Duke University, and Juergen Wastl, University of Cambridge

An opportunity for attendees to input into the current and future development of Elements


Final thoughts from the audience (Q&A) and conference roundup

Jonathan Breeze, CEO and Julia Hawks, VP North America


Conference close

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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