UGA Elements: Campus-wide at the University of Georgia

We’d like to congratulate the University of Georgia on their recent successful campus-wide rollout of Elements. At the end of August this year, UGA Elements went live across the prestigious US institution to help them ‘collect, contextualize, report on, and publicly profile’ their research.

As well as being a significant step in the evolution of UGA’s research management, it also represents numerous milestones for Symplectic.

This is one of our first fully hosted live Elements systems (instead of locally implemented), and one of the largest implementations we’ve ever done, with 7 feeds and 17 data migrations completed before going live!

UGA plans to capture all their professional activities within the system too, helping to support their annual faculty evaluation process with a custom-designed Elements Activity Summary. With hundreds of users logging in on day one, claiming many thousands of publications, the launch was a great success.

When implemented, UGA Elements will increase UGA’s competitive edge in promoting the value of UGA’s faculty, staff, and students to the state; showcasing UGA research to enhance our national visibility; pursuing sponsored project grants; and identifying opportunities for academic and corporate partnerships.

We’d like to thank our partners within UGA for their professionalism and enthusiasm while working with us to ensure Elements meets their needs, and connecting and migrating many sets of data. (And thanks to the UGA team for giving a presentation on this significant endeavour at our North American User Conference, back in August.) We look forward to continuing to support UGA in achieving their strategic goals in future.

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