The USDA, Agricultural Research Service and National Agricultural Library select Symplectic as their research information management provider

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the USDA’s chief in-house scientific research agency, and the National Agricultural Library, one of four national US libraries, have selected Symplectic Elements as their first integrated research information management system. The system will allow the agency to better disseminate and report on the research conducted by the 2,000+ researchers across the agency.

The USDA Agricultural Research Service employs over 6,000 people and has a fiscal budget of over $1 billion, while the National Agricultural Library houses one of the world’s largest collections devoted to agriculture and its related sciences. Elementswill allow the organization to automate a large part of their research information collection, build in-depth reports for analysis and in time be used to help populate the public-facing USDA VIVO research networking and discovery portal.

“Being selected by the USDA is a testament to the amazing work we are doing at the company,” says Jonathan Breeze, CEO, Symplectic. “Symplectic has a long history of helping some of the world’s leading  research institutions understand the scholarly output of their researchers and we look forward to working with ARS, our first federal agency.”

About USDA

In 2012, USDA commemorated and celebrated its 150th anniversary. Founded in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the United States Department of Agriculture.

Two and one-half years later, in what would be his final annual message to the Congress; Lincoln called USDA, “The People’s Department.” Through USDA’s work on food, agriculture, economic development, science, natural resource conservation and a host of issues, USDA still fulfills Lincoln’s vision – touching the lives of every American, every day.

The automatic search features are a bonus. I really like the way the new entries arrive automatically, and all I have to do is respond to the prompt to approve them. Navigation in the new release is intuitive and friendly. Linking directly to DOIs and full text is convenient and makes it easy to access and share my own research.

Professor Penny Brothers, University of Auckland

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