Pure International Conference
October 16 – 17, 2019 Prague, Czech Republic
The Pure User Community will meet this year in Prague, Czech Republic, for the 5th Pure International Conference and will feature sessions that cover a wide array of topics related to Research Information Management (RIM).
The Pure International Conference is primarily intended for the international community of Pure users - research administrators, research technology professionals and librarians - who are involved in performing RIM functions at their University or research Institution. Elsevier also reserves the right to accept registrations from Institutions, who are considering adopting a RIM system.
Pure International Conference 2019 will be a great forum to meet and learn from other Pure users across the globe. It will also be an opportunity to meet the Pure team, learn more about the future roadmap, and how Elsevier is investing to in integrations to make Pure a better Research Information Management System.
Call for Proposals
We invite the proposals for Pure International Conference 2019 on the following themes:
Theme 1: Narratives
- How to build a compelling narrative
- Data quality (Complete, Correct, Interconnected, Current and compliant)
- Sources and processes towards complete coverage
- Model fit for purpose. What is missing in the data model – where can it be expanded and enriched?
- Telling research narrative
- Finding the combination of data that can be used to tell the research narratives - Reporting module, pure portal, overview pages, using the web service etc
- Examples on how to make compelling stories based on, research problems Pure has solved.
- Using narrative for academic engagement
- How to identify and collaborate with the right persons/projects using Pure
- How to keep tabs on people/projects of interest
Theme 2: The Tech Track
The Tech Track is a mix of hands on sessions and talks from both the Pure team and clients. Come and hear how we see the future of Pure from a technical perspective and hear about the challenges of moving Pure into the future.
- How we develop new features with a mix of new and old
- How we use UX and quality engineers to balance it all.
Hands on, how to use our API to use Pure data in other solutions, how to extract data from Pure using the report module for use in other system.
We invite talks about, but not limited to:
- Reusing data from the Pure web service or reporting module in other systems.
- Switching hosting options from on-premise to hosted.
- Using analytics information from Pure or the Pure Portal.
- User Experience research, it’s important to institutions and how it can drive product change.
- The balance of different roles/backgrounds within teams.
Details required for submitting your proposal:
- Your contact details
- Title & abstract of submission
- Your professional headshot picture & brief biography
- The registration fees of Euro 250 will be waived, if your submission is accepted (limited to 1 lead presenter per submission).
- Registration is mandatory for every participating delegate including the speakers.
- Deadline to submit a proposal has now been extended till 16th August 2019
University of Pisa, Italy
Andrea Bonaccorsi is Full Professor of Economics and Management at the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa, Italy. His research interests are in the fields of economics of science, technology, and innovation. He has published over 200 papers, of which more than 70 articles in internationally refereed journals.
He has been member of RISE, the group of experts supporting the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation. He has pioneered the field of microdata on Higher Education Institutions in Europe, with the Aquameth and Eumida projects, which gave origin to ETER, the now publicly available European Tertiary Education Register. On these projects he edited Knowledge, Diversity and Performance in European Higher Education (Edward Elgar, 2014) and, together with Cinzia Daraio, Universities And Strategic Knowledge Creation (Edward Elgar, 2007). In the 2011-2015 period he served as Board member of the newly created Italian Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR). In this capacity he supervised the production of indicators for the National Scientific Habilitation, the classification of scientific journals, and the development of the methodology for the evaluation of the third mission. Based on these experiences he wrote two books: one book (in Italian) in which he developed systematically the epistemic arguments for research evaluation, in particular in SSH (La valutazione possibile, Il Mulino 2015) and another in which he collected and edited chapters on various aspects of evaluation in SSH (Research evaluation in SSH. Lessons from the Italian experience, Springer 2017). He served as evaluators for agencies in France, Canada, Portugal, and Israel. He has been member of several expert groups at the European Commission (DG Research, DG Regio), among which the AUBR group (Assessment of University-Based Research) and the group which supported the launch of the European Research Council.
Leibniz University, Hannover
Dr. Reingis Hauck is director of the Research and Innovation Services at Leibniz University Hannover. She has a strong interest in RIM and Open Science.
Open University, Netherlands
Katrine Bengtsson is the Pure coordinator at the Open University of the Netherlands. Her background is in arts, culture and informatics. She started at OUNL in November 2018.
Montclair State University, US
Karen Ramsden currently serves as Research and Projects Specialist, Sprague Library, Coordinator of Digital Commons and Lead Pure Administrator at Montclair State University. In her current position, Karen plays a crucial role in helping to direct and shape the character and overall nature of all library-related projects from conception through development, production, and introduction to the intended audience.
Karen was instrumental in bringing an institutional repository to the University and helps to coordinate outreach efforts for the repository. Additionally she serves on numerous University-related committees and initiatives, most recently as a team member for Project SOAR 2025, which has developed and shaped Montclair State University’s new vision statement and strategic plan. Karen received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kean University and earned Graduate Certificates in Program Evaluation, and Data Collection and Management, from Montclair State University. A proponent of life-long learning, Karen will begin studies in the Master’s Degree Program in Social Research and Analysis at Montclair State in September 2019.
University of Manchester, UK
Lita is currently Head of Research Support Services and the Research Strategy and Support Team at the University of Manchester. Her career in Higher Education began 21 years ago and she held a variety of roles associated with commercial activity, technology transfer and funding development at Manchester Metropolitan University and UMIST before joining the University of Manchester in 2002.
Her roles at Manchester have ranged across supporting volunteering, public engagement and business engagement activity and she joined the Directorate of Research and Business Engagement Support Services in 2004 taking up her current role in 2010. Lita has a Masters in Marketing Communications and prior to her HE career she worked in the public sector, manufacturing and financial services sectors. Lita held a Directorship with the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) between 2008 and 2011 and she is currently Chair of the Research Councils UK, Research Organisations Consultation Group.
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Thibaut Lery is presently Director of Research Evaluations of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Previously, he has been Senior Science Officer for more than 6 years at the European Science Foundation (ESF) in Strasbourg, France.
He has conducted European foresight initiatives and European policy developments with most major European Funding Organizations. He has been working as an expert for the European Commission, the ERC, the Irish and Norwegian governments, and has been part of Boards of large-scale European projects (EGEE, EARNEST, JETSET, HET and PRACE). He has a PhD in computational and theoretical astrophysics. Previously, he has been holding teaching and research positions in France (EM Strasbourg Business School, Ecole Supérieur de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg - ESBS), Canada (Queen’s University), Ireland (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies - DIAS) and Congo.
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Working as research data analyst at research and sponsored project office, UAE University, Al Ain from Dec 2017. Saif mainly focuses on data analysis of Elsevier, Scopus, and Web of science data bases and QS world ranking. Prior to joining UAE University, Saif worked in Broadcom ltd as WLAN function verification engineer.
Marianne van der Heijden
Institute of Ecology, Netherlands
Marianne van der Heijden is working at the Library and Information Services department of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, an institute from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences (KNAW). Since 2015 Marianne has been the institutional manager of the Pure program at KNAW. This includes both instruction, help and explanation to the researchers and information to the management. Her portfolio covers further the evaluation, including the metrics part, of the research, the management information services and all kinds of research information services.
Tania trained as a Research Scientist and holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as 4 years Post-Doctoral research experience. In 2010, she moved into Research Management and has experience in Graduate Research (PhD students), staff academic performance, Early Career Researcher support and research performance reporting. In her current role, Tania is an advocate for Pure across the University. She provides information and training to new professional and research staff on how to use the product, investigates and tests new features and explores ways in which Monash can use Pure to its full capacity within the institution.
Monash University, Australia
Sian has worked in Research Management for over 12 years in roles spanning pre and post award management, research strategy, research data and analysis, Institutional Centre and Institute oversight, Engagement and Impact, Research Information Management Systems and National Assessment Frameworks.
In her current role as Director, Research Performance for Monash University, Sian is a Business Process Owner (BPO) for many modules in Pure, including Research Outputs, Activities, Press/Media and Impacts. She provides information on new features of Pure to senior management and advocates for improvements to Pure within the International User Community.
Vrije Universiteit, Brussel
Amal is currently working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) as a reporting and data analyst in the R&D department. She has a Bachelor in Networking and Operation Systems and a Master’s degree in Web Science.
She has a track record for working in IT jobs for more than 10 years and as web developer and system administrator. In addition she taught IT courses in different universities. She is results-driven, highly motivated, and wants to use data analytics to drive the understanding, growth, and the success of Pure and use it to help the university make better business decisions.
Stefanie Van Rysseghem
Vrije Universiteit, Brussel
Stefanie Van Rysseghem started working at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2009 as a Process Administrator for the enrollment office. In 2015 she changed course and became Admission Officer for international students at the same institution.
During these positions she initiated process improvements and gained experience as a process analyst. She started working at the department of Research and Data Management as an Information Manager in September 2017. She hopes to initiate improvements to the administrative processes that involve Pure in order to facilitate the VUB researches so they can register their outputs more easily.
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Dimitri Unger is an System Information Application Manager for the Academic Research department at the Vrije Universiteit Library in Amsterdam. Here he manages the Pure application and datasets archives for the university. Other activities include increasing Open Access availability and RDM policy & services.
Aston University, UK
Rich Gough joined Aston University as the Research Information and Systems Manager in 2019. He is responsible for day-to-day management of Pure, testing and co-ordinating updates, research activity reporting and supporting the University’s REF2021 research assessment submission.
Prior to joining Aston, Rich lead the implementation of a new research management system for the University of Birmingham and worked in research development roles at the University of Birmingham and Royal Holloway, University of London. Rich holds a PhD from Loughborough University in Information Science. Leigh joined Aston University in 2018 as the Open Access and Research Repository Specialist. She manages research outputs in Pure and has oversight of Aston’s connected Eprints repository, Aston Publications Explorer. Leigh is responsible for monitoring open access across the university and works with the REF team and research office at the university to monitor compliance. In addition to working with Pure and the repository, Leigh also provides training and support for staff members and advocates for open access and open research standards. She actively participates in repository and Pure user groups and is the chair of the UK Pure User Group’s Repository Working Group. Before joining Aston University, she worked at Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh. Leigh holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Near Eastern Archaeology.
Santhosh Krishnan Venkata
Institute of Technology, Manipal
Dr. Santhosh KV, presently works as a Deputy Director Research at Manipal Academy of Higher Education and Associate Professor at the Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal.
He has around 15 years of teaching and research experience. Santhosh obtained his graduation from Visveswaraya Technological University, Belgaum and PhD from NIT Silchar, India. His research interest are in the area of Smart Sensors and Sensor fusion.
University of Minnesota Libraries, US
Jan Fransen is the Service Lead for Research Information Management Systems at University of Minnesota Libraries. In that role, she works across divisions and with campus partners to provide library systems that save researchers', students', and administrators' time and highlight the societal and technological impacts of the University's research.
Nicolaj Veje Pedersen
Nicolaj Veje Pedersen is the Pure system manager at AU Library and hold the day to day responsibility for Pure and best practice concerning research registration at Aarhus University. I am a master of library and information science and have worked with Pure throughout my career. In addition, I have extensive experience with bibliometrics and performance indicators related to scholarly publication.
Aalto University, Finland
Tuija Sonkkila works as a Systems specialist at Aalto University Leadership Support Service. Her main responsibilities are business reporting and analytics. As a member of the cross-functional group that takes care of the local Pure installation, her specialities include data transformations, and altmetrics.
Bonnie Crotty Nelson
University of North Carolina, US
Bonnie Crotty Nelson is responsible for electronic resource management at RTI International. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as certifications in Records Management and Quality Improvement.
Ms. Nelson's experience with data management and metadata repositories led her to becoming RTI's Pure administrator. In 2016, she imported two internally-created scientific stature databases into Pure to create RTI’s Comprehensive Research Information System, one of the first non-academic instances of Pure. RTI is an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide.
Jessica de Rover
University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands
Jessica de Rover is since 2017 part of the Pure team of the Central Medical Library at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the Netherlands. As an editor of Research Output and other modules in Pure she performs tasks like importing and validations of publications, creating reports, giving support to researchers and assists in keeping their Pure profile up to date.
She assisted the Research Office on recent evaluation projects with the training of student-assistants on how to work with Pure, creating a Pure manual specific for evaluations, validating created data-, answering questions from the student-assistants and researchers and offered on-site help for researchers. Before making the switch to the CMB she has worked 10 years as an animal caretaker/biotechnician, assisting researchers with their research studies and setting up/managing a specialized germfree unit.
Nancy M. Wang
National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan
Dr. Nancy M. Wang is an Associate Professor of Biology department at the National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan. She also serves as Director for the Center of Teaching Excellence where she help to to build community among faculty members, stimulating educational innovation and research on learning, supporting faculty development and instructional creativity. She is responsible for planning, implementing, promoting, and evaluating the Center’s programs and activities for providing leadership on campus teaching initiatives.
Patrick Crisfulla is VP, Research Information Solutions at Elsevier. Patrick oversees the product, implementation success, and customer support functions for Pure. Before April 2019, Patrick led teams that enhanced and expanded Scopus. In former roles at Elsevier since 2007 he served as integration manager for Plum Analytics and SSRN (mergers into Elsevier) and oversaw publishing systems and services for 300+ medical society partners.
Martin Edling Andersson
As Principal Product Manager, Institutional products, Martin has been leading the development of Project Ada. Prior to joining, Martin worked on SciVal where he was responsible for feature development and concept design.
Martin has a thorough understanding of product management and throughout his career he has held almost all of the positions on a versatile scrum team: Java programmer, front-end developer, interaction designer and usability researcher, before moving into product management. Martin studied Human-Computer Interaction and Psychology at Uppsala University and Informatics at Lund University and University of Manchester. Prior to joining Elsevier in 2011, he set up the User Experience team at Reed Business in the Netherlands.
Technical University Twente, Netherlands
Dr Evgeny Kryukov is a leading expert in delivering and adoption of evidence-based tools for research organizations. Evgeny received a PhD degree from Technical University Twente (the Netherlands) in 2003, and since 2004 he has held senior positions in a number of global high-tech companies, including LG and Siemens.
He is an official mentor of the Innovation Center Skolkovo (Russia) and the author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Since 2014, Dr Kryukov works in the Russian representative office of Elsevier, engaged in business development projects and joint technological initiatives with academic and governmental institutions in Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Henrik Steen Rasmussen
Director of Industry & Academic Relationships and one of the founding fathers of Pure. Since then has held many leadership and strategy roles related to Pure and other institutional products, sharing his enthusiasm for the product with customers around the world, working with industry associations and partners, educating a new generation of Product Managers in Elsevier, and engaging with Pure customers and CRIS industry bodies around the world.
Simone Polgar, Product Manager II, bepress, holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in California. She has contributed as Product Manager to several information management and library technology companies over the years and is now focused on content ingestion workflows and feature development for the Digital Commons and Expert Gallery Suite products at bepress.
Asger Ågård Haslund
Asger is an Implementation Manager, part of the EMEA Implementation Team, Elsevier. Before joining the Pure Implementation Team this year, Asger was responsible for the development and delivery of custom(advanced) portal.
Prior to joining Elsevier Asger was a system consultant with Novax, implementing electronic patient journal systems on private hospitals including setting up integrations to 3rd party IT systems. He holds a master in Health Science and Technology from Aalborg University.
Noelle Gracy is the Head of the Research Collaboration office. She has a PhD in Neuroscience and has worked in science publishing, community engagement and industry-academic partnerships. ORCID: 0000-0002-5756-3758
Anita de Waard
Anita de Waard is VP Research Collaborations at Elsevier; she has a background in physics and publishing. Working closely with researchers and stakeholder organisations, her work focuses on finding new ways to communicate science and scholarship. ORCID: 0000-0002-9034-4119
Per Asbjørn Jensen
Per Asbjørn Jensen is Quality Engineer Lead with Elsevier, where Per has been working with test and release of Pure the last 6 years. He has over 15 years of experience in software testing and has a passion for test automation.
Nicolaj Lock is a software developer at Elsevier Aalborg. He is currently the team lead of the Reporting and Assessment team, where we focus on building the new reporting module, and the upcoming REF and ERA assessment, to name a few. He has been with Elsevier for more than 11 years, starting when it was called Atira. He earned his M.Sc. in computer science in 2005 from Aalborg University.
Hong Chen is a Customer Consultant for Pure and Mendeley Data in Europe and Central Asia. Prior to joining Elsevier in May 2018, he worked in the telecom industry for more than 10 years. Where he participated in various innovative solution incubation and development activities that resulted in a global deployment of the product and services. Hong has a PhD in Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a MSc in computer science.
Stephanie Faulkner has spent over 15 years in the information industry involved in the development, launch and support of numerous software-as-a-service tools including RefWorks (the first web based bibliographic management service) , Pivot (a research funding and profiling database) and recently, PlumX.
In her current role, Stephanie is Diretor of Product Management and Operations for the Research Metrics group of Elsevier and works closely with academic institutions, funders, not-for-profit organizations, corporations and publishers to integrate research metrics and explore the development of new forms of metrics.
Manik is Solutions Marketing Manager with Elsevier, based in Amsterdam. In this role, he leads the global marketing efforts for Pure, which includes defining messaging, value proposition, building advocacy and strengthening customer relations through events like the Pure International Conference. Manik has also worked with Elsevier in South Asia, where he supported the regional marketing for India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan & Sri Lanka.
Malene Knudsen has been working with Pure for more than 17 years, both as a power user and as a key part of the Pure team. She is now the Subject Matter Expert for Pure's reporting team, following on from six years as a part of the Pure Support team with a special focus on Pure training and quality assurance. Prior to joining the team, she was a Pure Administrator at Aalborg University. Malene holds a degree in Library Science from the Royal School of Library Science in Denmark.
Alberto is the Market Development Director in the Research Data Management Solutions team. In his role, he is responsible for the go-to-market of the Mendeley Data platform, Elsevier's RDM solution.
Prior to that, Alberto has worked as a Senior Consultant in the Research Intelligence sales team, covering South Europe. In this capacity he has led various large scale projects such as the deployment of Pure for the network of 50 research hospitals under the Italian Ministry of Health.
Grahame Pearson Biography As a Senor Solutions Manager in the APAC region, Grahame looks to ensure that all customers and future clients are getting the best out of Pure. Consultant for Pure Grahame has extensive experience in this field, having worked in a university environment at a range of institutions for many years and in a number of research support roles.
He has solid working knowledge of other key areas including human resources, finance, information technology, student and the institutional planning office. More recently, areas of responsibility within research support have included grants and contracts management (pre and post award), ethics (animal and human) management, outputs collection and reporting. He also has a strong IT background, specifically in project management, system design, and implementation. Grahame has represented the Australian university sector on a number of Government advisory panels and has run many sector-wide sessions on critical reporting. He is well versed in the international research management environment, influencing key factors that affect the university environment. He has also been an end-user of many of the Elsevier products, as well as competitors’ solutions. This experience and understanding of the university environment give him a solid understanding of the environment as a whole.
Kristy is the Documentation and Localization Manager for Pure. She has been with Pure for three years, in which time she has worked with all aspects of text in the software, including writing for the user interface, making improvements to old translations, and documenting the way Pure works.
Prior to Elsevier she worked as a technical writer and translator. Kristy holds a Masters Degree in Language and Communication Technologies.
Christian Schultz is a Software Engineering Manager for Pure with Elsevier since almost 2 years. He specializes in high quality, agile software development and deployment processes and practices, and applies his expertise primarily to the Pure system, an administrative system for major research institutions.
For almost three decades he has worked in the software industry in all things software – including five years in London as an independent contractor for Reuters and CSFB, as a Project/Product Manager for Siemens/Motorola Mobile in Aalborg for five years, and as an Engineering Manager for BAE for six years where he developed and delivered systems for leading governments and international institutions across the globe. He earned his M.Sc. in Software Engineering from Aalborg University in 1991, thesis later published as a book, and has numerous other trainings and certifications under his belt - like Certified IPMA-C, and Certified Scrum Master, and has undergone a series of special agile process training sessions with McKinsey. When not at work, Christian spends his time with family and friends, or in the forest on his MTB, or on the water on his sailboat. His LI profile can be seen on https://www.linkedin.com/in/schultz/
Janne Jul Jensen
Janne Jul Jensen is Lead UX Designer with Elsevier. She specialises in usability and interaction design, and applies her expertise primarily to the Pure system, an administrative system for major research institutions.
She is a frequent speaker on UX at international software conferences. For more than a decade she has worked in academia and the software industry as an expert in all things UX – including three years with LEGO improve their enterprise systems and five years with Trifork where she designed apps for leading Danish companies, such as Bilka, DSB, and Danske Bank. She earned her Ph.D. degree in 2009 and a M.Sc. in Software Engineering in 2003, both from Aalborg University.
In 2013, Kristian was pursuing a degree in European Studies at Maastricht University, in the south of the Netherlands. In order to scrape together book-and-beer money, he started working part-time at a company specialized in implementing artificially intelligent chatbots on commercial websites. It was here he developed a passion for using big data and AI methods to drive innovation and improve user experience.
Upon graduating, Kristian decided to follow his passion fulltime. He started as an analyst, before progressing to leading product teams. In 2017, Kristian took his experience to Elsevier, impressed by their commitment to modern, agile development principles and intelligently integrating AI into their products. First working on content enrichment and knowledge graph projects for ScienceDirect, Kristian joined the Pure team in 2018 as the Product Manager for Portals and, so far, has loved every minute of it. In his free time Kristian loves exploring far-flung lands, and is more than slightly obsessed with organized crime biographies and classic hip-hop.
Eleonora Palmaro is Product Manager at Elsevier. As Product Manager of Funding Institutional she supports universities and research institutions to secure research funding and get insights in the funding landscape.
Prior to be a product manager she has gained a 2 years of experience in Data Science at Elsevier. As a data scientist she is expert on the extraction of bibliometric and scientometric indicators from big data, in order to provide a quantitative measure to support the research assessment . Prior to joining Elsevier she has gained a 4 years of experience in the research assessment as data analyst at the ‘Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia’. Eleonora holds a MSc in Bioengineering from the University of Genoa and a Master in Management and Business Strategy from 24 ore Business School in Milan.
Chiara is the Product Manager in the Pure Integrations teams. Previous to her role in Pure she worked as a Publisher at Elsevier for the Nuclear and High Energy Physics journals. She holds a PhD in High Energy Physics and worked as a researcher at CERN. During her years as a scientist, she developed an interest in data analysis and software development, which she is excited to continue growing together with the Pure team.
Kate Gasson is a Senior Research Evaluation Manager at Elsevier. Kate works with the newly established International Center for the Study of Research which is tasked with reviewing and advancing the evaluation of research across all fields of knowledge production.
Working closely with the research community, the Center draws on interconnected disciplines of research evaluation, bibliometrics and scientometrics, science of science, science and technology studies, and the science of team science to advise, (co)develop and share knowledge within, across and beyond these areas.Prior to joining Elsevier, Kate gained a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Bristol.
Davina is the Director of Product Management for Pure and has extensive experience in software product management. She has been with Elsevier for 2.5 years, before which she worked at various large companies in the Netherlands as a consultant and leading large-scale product management initiatives.
She describes herself as a 'systems thinker', and likes puzzling out how different elements of Pure, institutional processes, and users' minds interact. She holds a Bachelor's from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from Said Business School and HEC. In her free time she enjoys South African-style barbeques, running with her dog and reading Murakami novels.
Thomas is the Senior Product Manager for Data Models in Pure, and has extensive experience within Elsevier, and other companies, in R&D analytics platforms. At heart, Thomas is a data scientist and scientometrician, specialising in analytics to connect fundamental and applied research areas to their eventual development and application in technology and society.
Thomas holds a PhD from VU Amsterdam in knowledge transfer and dynamics, a MSc in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Amsterdam and BScs in Chemistry, and Oceanography & Climatology from the University of Cape Town. He has published on effective R&D practice and processes, knowledge transfer, absorptive capacity, scientometrics, bibliometrics, alt-metrics, science parks, large-scale research infrastructures and academic entrepreneurship.
Robbertjan Kalff is a product person. He thoroughly enjoys building, launching and growing online information solutions, particularly for the academic research community. In his current role, as VP of SciVal, he is the business owner of the global market leader in research performance evaluation.
In his 20+ years of experience in product development, he was the product owner who launched Scopus (the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature used by over 4,000 institutions and millions of researchers), the business owner for Geofacets (a geoscience solution that empowers natural resource exploration) and product manager for ScienceDirect (the world's leading source for scientific, technical, and medical research accessed by +10 million monthly unique visitors). Prior to joining SciVal, he was responsible for the introduction of Mendeley toolsets, like article recommendor systems, that support millions of researchers achieve higher research outcomes faster in the changing world of the research ecosystem.
Team Lead of the Pure implementation team covering EMEA and APAC regions. My team is responsible for implementing Pure and products related to Pure with new and existing customers.
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