Pure International Conference 2018

October 31 – November 1, 2018 Philadelphia, United States

The Pure Community will be gathering this year in Philadelphia for our 4th Pure International Conference. The conference includes over 25 sessions to help you expand your practical knowledge of Pure, inform you about research management trends and grow your career.

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Find all presentations delivered during the Pure International Conference 2018 here.

Who should attend the Pure International Conference?

The Pure International Conference is intended for anyone who is interested in Pure as a research information management tool and looking to network with other research management professionals from around the world. This event is open to both existing Pure users as well as representatives from research institutions who are either evaluating or planning to roll-out Pure on campus.

Topics that will be discussed during the conference sessions are:

  • Pure in the research ecosystem
    The best things happen in cooperation with others, this also applies to Pure. How do you see and use Pure as a part of your research business processes and systems?
  • What do your researchers want from Pure?
    Engaging researchers can often be a challenge, but also an essential part of ensuring that you get the most out of Pure. Here, we are looking for stories of how you have made Pure a key part of researchers’ workflow to add real value to researchers themselves.
  • From data to insights
    When creating insights from the data in any system, it is important that the data is: comprehensive, accurate and compliant. We would like to hear how do you quality assure your data in Pure, and what sort of insights the data giving you, and how these insights may influence the direction of the research and the institution as a whole.
  • Knowledge exchange
    Bringing research results to the wider group of communities outside the research institutions, is a focus point for many institutions. We are looking for experience and results within this area.

Questions? Contact the Pure Conference Team.


Day 1

Day 2


Day 0 - Tuesday October 30th

Time / VenueSession
16:00-18:00 Pre-event Happy Hour: Chops at the Comcast Center
Address: 1701 John F Kennedy Blvd., PA 19103

Day 1 - Wednesday October 31st

Time / VenueSession
9:00-9:30Registration / Coffee
 Plenary RoomRoom 1Room 2Room 3
9:30-10:00 Welcome
JC Heyneke, SVP & GM Institutional Products, Elsevier
10:00-10:45 Keynote
Industry University Collaborations Matter
Anthony M. Boccanfuso, UIDP President
10:45- 11:15 Coffee BreakOffice Hours:
Henrik Rasmussen, Head of Product Strategy Pure, Elsevier
Coffee Break
11:15-12:00 Bridging the STEM Research Community with the Private Sector in the State of New Jersey: A Case Example of Pure Technology
Eli Khazzam, New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
Abstract: A partnership between NJ’s Secretary of
Higher Education and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority was created to build a database connecting the private sector to academia through the initiative “ResearchwithNJ.com.” The partnership selected Elsevier to build the database’s community portal using Pure technology. This paper sets out to explain how the project organized a robust network of universities and industry associations to build, promote, and sustain the database.
Good data in, great results out: A look at centralized Pure updating and what can be done because of it
Joan Concilio, Penn State University
Abstract: When Penn State purchased Pure
access in 2017, the University’s College of Medicine saw an opportunity to use the system as both a research networking tool as well as a central gold-source repository for researcher data. The College of Medicine’s goal was to develop the cleanest data possible, then extract that information via web services API and combine it with other datasets to power a number of applications. Consequently, the College requires individual researchers to submit update requests to a central team, who then standardize and publish the information in keeping with brand standards. This, in combination with the creation of a detailed taxonomy, help make Pure a well-defined and easy-to-draw-from data source. When the new Penn State Cancer Institute website launched in early 2018, it proved to be an excellent opportunity to showcase the power of Pure. Incorporating information from Pure, our affiliated health system’s provider directory, and from two clinical trials databases, the Cancer Institute website provides robust researcher search capabilities and a detailed profile for each investigator. This presentation will showcase the various data displays on the Cancer Institute website and the system for managing centralized updates, then explore the successful collaboration of the varied team members.
Office Hours:
Topics: Documentation & Translations
Kristy James, Pure Technical Writer, Elsevier
- 20 minutes sessions -
Pure Reporting Module: Using Pure reporting capabilities to make decisions
Moisés Moreno Albarrán, Solutions Manager, Elsevier
Abstract: After gathering data in a structured
way and with a powerful data model, the next important step is to create a strategy based on correct data and take decisions, but for that to happen we require a flexible reporting engine to generate and distribute validated internal intelligence to the different divisions and persons involved in making decisions about the future of research at the institution.

Pure offers a very potent and flexible reporting engine that can take advantage of high quality data, a comprehensive suite of metrics from Scopus, SciVal, Web of Science and inhouse ratings, to help facilitate evaluation and provide a balanced and multi-dimensional view of your research expertise, performance and progress.

We’ll show the possibilities and examples of Pure reporting engine in combination with SciVal to create different reports, analysis and a strategy evidence-based decision making not only based on internal information, but also on international and regional trends. Pure is always evolving and therefore we’ll present a glimpse into the new Reporting Module.

Systems Integration with Pure – Moving away from the masterlist and other benefits of automation
Farah Karimi , Customer Consultant, Elsevier
Abstract: Integrating with different internal systems is one
of the main strengths and use cases for Pure. For one reason or another, not every Pure user has integrated with internal systems such as HR but rely on the masterlist. And not every user has automated publication import or knows how to get the most out of web services. This session will focus on best practices for integrating with internal systems for master and other data, options for automating publications import, and examples of use cases for web services.
12:05-12:50 Pure Efficiency
Simon Barrett, Edwina Harvinson, Monash University
Abstract: Increasing competition for research funding is
driving the need for leaner and more efficient administration to support applications and awards management within organisations, thereby enabling maximum funding allocated directly to research activities. As a result of a review across all research related administration activities, we identified significant process fragmentation and duplication of effort across the organisation, despite having a centralised research function in the Monash Research Office. One of the core problems causing this situation was lack of visibility and timely access to awards related information. In 2015, Monash University moved towards a common, simple, streamlined process with a researcher centric system to support it. This required a collaborative approach across many core central business units and faculty research administration to agree to an aspirational state and support the implementation and business change required. Our research administration landscape has transformed towards full lifecycle management of funded projects and timely provision of information to stakeholders directly related to their needs. We will present the approach taken to engage diverse stakeholder groups, in particular the academic community, and how the Pure Awards Management Module has enabled Monash to achieve the desired outcome of streamlining our business processes and gaining efficiencies since 2016.
BYOD hands-on workshop: Enhancing Pure Data Quality using Scopus
Heidi Holst Madsen, Liselotte Nielsen, Copenhagen University Library
Abstract: Copenhagen University Library is
constantly in search of ways to improve the quality of Pure data. With ca. 14,000 publications per year, 10,000 Personal Users and 140 Editors of Research Output in Pure, it is not always an easy task to get uniform data. At the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, which has the largest number of research outputs with nearly 6,000 publications a year, we have with great success been testing and using Scopus as a tool to clean up our publication metadata. Scopus is used to check for example:
  • Publication year
  • Publication type
  • Open Access status
  • External author publications set as internal publications
  • E-pub ahead of print-publications in Pure now published and ready for validation

We will present the method and results from Copenhagen University Library, and afterwards the participants will be able to work on their own Pure publication sets.
 ­  Completeness, Correctness and (inter) Connectedness: Making the most of better data in Pure.
Thomas Gurney, Product Manager, Elsevier
Abstract: The primary aim of this workshop will be to read more...
address the issue(s) of data quality in Pure. The workshop will summarise efforts by the Pure team to improve data quality in Pure, and to help customers realise and prepare for the long term benefits that data and context can provide.
14:00-14:45 How to Improve Data Quality for Research Assessment in Pure
Marijke Folgering, University of Groningen
Abstract: The University of Groningen implemented
Pure in 2014. When the first faculties used Pure to report on their research for national assessments, the effort needed for both getting the right data in Pure (in retrospect for 6 years) and creating reports for this was high. Currently with pre-defined reports in place that comply to the national assessments format, reporting for that purpose can be done effectively. Now we are looking for ways to get further value from Pure by monitoring the data entry progress and providing insights in collaboration with Open Access and Research Analytics colleagues. In this presentation we will share what we do to get the data (quality) ready for reporting and what insights we get from Pure. Including - how to improve the quality of data; a.o. through validation of research output, recurrent ‘plausibility’ checks on metadata and ‘trawl’ actions by the university library and through assisting early in the process of data entry by decentralized user support - how to measure the data entry progress - how to use Pure for research quality assessment.
Future of Reporting in Pure: What’s your say?
Manya Buchan, Product Manager
Abstract: In this session, we will run through
the Pure team’s vision for the future of Reporting, including data stories / dashboards, performance indicators, and Faculty and Academic Activity Reporting.  We then want to hear from you!  What features would you like to see in reporting, how do you envision your users engaging with reporting and dashboards, what are your current pain points? By the end of the session, you will have a better understanding of the vision for reporting in Pure, and we will have had a lively discussion about your reporting needs, helping to build the ongoing development roadmap for the new reporting module.
Office Hours:
Topics: Data Model & General Pure Questions Thomas Gurney, Product Manager, Elsevier
- 20 minutes sessions -
Pure's Documenation: Helping Researchers Support Themselves
Kristy James, Technical Writer, Elsevier
Abstract: Pure’s HTML documentation aims to support users
while they are trying to complete a concrete task within Pure. This interactive session will discuss upcoming additions to the content in the documentation, as well as evaluate the preferred ways to expose information about Pure to users.

Keep Profile Pages on the Pure Portal up to date by Reusing Data
Frank Diepmaat, Tilburg University
Abstract: Researchers today have many opportunities to show their profile read more...
on the internet. Sites like ResearchGate and Academia.edu are freely accessible and most researchers have a profile page with one or more of these providers. However, it is disadvantageous for researchers to have to maintain their data manually here and for the university that the profiles of their researchers are spread over various sites. For this reason, Tilburg University started a project called Improved Academic Profile Pages that aimed to:
1. reduce the researcher’s effort to update his/her profile page;
2. provide the researcher with a professional-looking and easy findable profile page, by replacing our current standard portal with the Pure cloud portal.
The presentation will explain which profile information is retrieved automatically from other University systems (i.e. Human Resource, Student Administration) and how this is done via the configurable person sync. Customized help texts, explaining in which systems the researcher’s profile information is updated, were added to the Pure backend and FAQ-pages. Information recorded in Pure, is in turn also reused for other systems (the university’s popular profile pages and the school’s internet sites).
14:50-15:35 Using Pure to Optimize Research Management at Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB Chile): From assigning protected time for research to the payment of bonuses
Victor Rocco, Andres Bello University
Abstract: The Identifying active researchers within
a higher education institution is a challenge. However, this is an important process since active researchers need protected time and therefore lower teaching loads than non-researchers. UNAB started doing this several years ago, but only in 2015 a process based on solid indicators was set in place. Based on the publication record from the last three years plus the role they play within competitive grants, a 7-categories classification scheme was established and different teaching loads to each category were assigned. We have historically used many information sources, resulting in a very long and complex process with many loops and no clear workflow. From this year, we started using Pure as the central information repository to determine who are our active researchers.
- 20 minutes sessions -
Future of Reporting in Pure: What’s your say?
Manya Buchan, Product Manager
UI for You?: A Short Overview of the Strategy and Focus on the Pure Backend UI and Pure Portal
Davina Erasmus , Thomas Gurney, Kristian Toland, Elsevier
 ­  - 20 minutes sessions -
Michael Magoulias, Director of Operations and Product Fulfillment, Elsevier
Mendeley Data – Use Synergies with Pure to Showcase Additional Research Outputs
Nikhil Joshi, Consultant for Research Data Management, Elsevier
Abstract: To help institutions successfully implement
Research Data Management plans, Elsevier has launched Mendeley Data for institutions, a modular cloud-based platform to enhance current ways of working and support the entire lifecycle of research data. For Pure customers, learn how its integration with Mendeley Data benefits both the institution and the researchers. For Institutions, Mendeley Data automatically captures dataset metadata for direct import into Pure, enabling enhanced reporting and showcasing. This includes datasets deposited in various repositories not owned or monitored by the university. For researchers, Mendeley Data offers advanced capabilities including; the management of data within projects, the ability to link with external data sources, publication and sharing of data, and the capability to automatically enrich a Pure profile with datasets.

In this session, see for yourself how the straightforward integration of both products allows for the benefits of Mendeley Data to be enjoyed within Pure. Using a live demonstration, the user journey between both products will also be illustrated. This also provides the opportunity to learn about the core Mendeley Data offering, consisting of a Search feature to find datasets  via the deep indexing of over 30 repositories, a Notebook to capture data from experiments, a Repository to store data and a Manager feature to collaborate on active (within lab) project data.
15:35- 16:05 Coffee BreakOffice Hours:
JC Heyneke, SVP & GM Institutional Products , Elsevier
Coffee Break
16:05-17:35 Pure Product Roadmap – a Preview of Things we’re Working on
Moderated by Davina Erasmus, Director Product Management Pure, Elsevier
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19:00-22:00Networking Dinner

Day 2 - Thursday November 1st

Time / VenueSession
9:00-9:30Registration / Coffee
 Plenary RoomRoom 1Room 2Room 3
9:30-9:45 Welcome
Stefanie Janssen, Head of Business Improvement Pure, Research Products, Elsevier & Rasmus Agerholm Head of Client Services Pure, Elsevier
9:45-10:30 Macquarie University’s Research Hub – Integrating Pure into the Research Environment
Fiona Burton, Semira Dautovic, Macquarie University Library
Abstract: Macquarie University implemented Pure as its
Research Management System in 2017 as the major component system of its new Research Hub. Pure is being used to manage research data including: research outputs, projects, activities, awards etc. as well as to provide the portal for its researchers and promote Macquarie’s research to external audiences. The implementation of Pure has achieved greater transparency of the data relating to all research at Macquarie. Researchers are engaging by claiming their own publications, instead of relying on the admin staff. This frees up the Library to spend more time on data quality, open access compliance etc. The Library and Research Services, as joint business owners for this new streamlined process, have established closer way of collaborating and using their respective expertise to improve the data for internal and external reporting. The Faculties are now recognising the benefit of this new process as it leaves them more time to conduct research and develop improved processes across all research data. Pure being the centre of the Research Hub has also linked other systems for research management such as Infonetica thus enabling data from all systems to be connected and researchers to make the best use of it.
Automated Sync of Pure Data with External System
David Naughton, University of Minnesota Libraries
Abstract: Lessons learned in designing and
implementing systems to automate and schedule the synchronization of data from UMN human resources systems to Pure, and from Pure, using the web services API, to a custom UMN database, illustrated with snippets of, and links to, the actual open source software itself.
 Workshop: Maximising the accessibility and visibility of your portal
Kristian Toland, , Product Manager: Portals, Elsevier
10:35-11:20 Findings from the euroCRIS/OCLC Research Survey of Research Information Management Practices
Rebecca Bryant, Anna Clements, Jan Fransen
Abstract: At last year’s Pure International Conference, we encouraged read more...
you to participate in a global Survey of Research Information Management Practices, jointly administered by euroCRIS and OCLC Research. This year we will be sharing the findings from that survey, and with more than 300 survey respondents from 40 nations, the survey provides a powerful and current snapshot of the state of the research information management ecosystem worldwide. In this presentation, we will particularly focus on findings relevant to the Pure community, examining research information management uses and functions, stakeholders, regional distinctions and incentives, interoperability, and the adoption of persistent identifiers. Additional information is available at oc.lc/rim. The findings will be published in late 2018 as an OCLC Research Report.
Connecting Pure to the web: Eindhoven's Pure(ly) Data Driven Research Website
Nick Veenstra, Eindhoven University
Abstract: In 2017 Eindhoven University of Technology started
rebuilding its research website based on data coming from Pure. This still ongoing agile project uses the new API, an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and TYPO3 to display research related information from Pure on the university website. The main goal was to move from traditional CMS based input to a much more data driven website where pages are generated from Pure data types: researchers, publications, organisations, projects, etc. The collaboration between the research and communication departments, feedback from researchers as part of the agile approach, and integration of the website and Pure portal lead to some interesting insights that we would like to share in this presentation.
Office Hours:
Topics: Reporting & National Assessments
Manya Buchan, Product Manager, Elsevier
Expanding Pure - What's Next?
Jens Krog Mørup, Team Lead Implementations EMEA and APAC, Pure & Lars Østergaard, Team Lead Implementations North / South America, Pure
Abstract: We will discuss how
the Pure implementation team supports currently projects and what types of additional implementation services we offer to existing users of Pure. This shall be accompanied by a short workshop where the audience can share their past implementation experiences within the broader group.
11:20-11:50Coffee Break
11:50-12:35 - 20 minutes sessions -
Building a More Competitive Penn State: The Big Lift and its Unexpected Champions
Michelle Hutnik, Pennsylvania State University
Abstract: Pure was implemented at
Penn State to showcase the breadth of research and facilities across the 24-campus university system. Our all-at-once implementation, while complex, turned up some unexpected Pure champions: from university leadership involved in research strategy, to website architects and data scientists, and many administrators in between The Pure implementation team at Penn State expected to begin our outreach and engagement campaign primarily with the researchers themselves; but because our implementation was not incremental (we brought on all colleges, interdisciplinary research institutes, and commonwealth campuses from the very start), it solved some very tough problems for a variety of users working to grow the research enterprise. Penn State is a very segmented organization; these stakeholders struggled to gain usable and up-to-date details on our vast community of researchers, and trying to understand the academic trajectories of individual units was slow and painstaking work. Combined with SciVal and other data sources, Pure has been utilized as a strategic tool as much as it is a database of research output and topics.

Expanding the Library Walls: New Uses for Research Assessment
Bonnie Nelson, RTI International
Abstract: In 2014, the Library and Information Services (LIS) read more...
department at RTI International made a strategic decision to use analytics and bibliometrics reporting to expand our offerings beyond the boundaries of traditional library services. We created a Comprehensive Research Information System (CRIS) to curate and validate the data we collect. In addition, we began organizing and analyzing the data in new ways to create reports and periodic updates for the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and other departments that influence business development, assist in decision-making, and assess our research activities and outcomes.
  • We deliver research outputs by the internal measures of business unit and domain
  • We analyze peer-reviewed publications to determine the number of collaborations with North Carolina universities and other educational institutions
  • We provide data that determines whether researchers qualify for Authors Awards
  • We report on the number of faculty appointments at which colleges and universities RTI researchers hold
  • We measure the Scientific Stature data (peer-reviewed publications, books, book chapters, policy forums, congressional testimony) produced by RTI researchers annually
  • We provide data on monthly/annual internal collaborations between researchers
  • We supply data used to measure institutional goals and contribute to the bonus program
- 20 minutes sessions -
Harvesting PDFs for the Pure Repository
D. A. Unger, VU
Abstract: The Vrije Universiteit wishes to store all their publications in Pure using the pdf format. This is done, because of read more...
the focus on making as many green open access publications available through our Pure instance. At present, we ask our researchers to upload their new publications in Pure manually. However, this process is not as efficient as we would like. Therefore we are currently searching for a alternative method, which should result in an almost fully automated harvesting tool. During our efforts we encounter a number of hurdles. Locating all the files in systematic manner is difficult, since they are accessible in different ways throughout the internet. If they can be found, there is the task of trying to harvest all these files with the least amount of human involvement necessary. Also there is the need to link the harvested files to the related records in Pure and finally there is process through which all the files need to be correctly imported into Pure. Here we wish to give an overview of our findings and perhaps we can discuss possible solutions to unresolved issues.

Digital Commons and Pure: Happy Together
Shandon Quinn, VP of Product Management, Bepress at Elsevier
Abstract: How can you maximize visibility and discoverability for your institution’s read more...
scholarly works?  In this session, we will discuss the concept of having Pure integrated with Digital Commons, Elsevier’s IR solution built for enhancing the dissemination and showcasing of institutional scholarly works and outputs.  We will also discuss where we are in building that integration, the roadmap ahead, and how you can be involved in our testing and feedback phases.
Office Hours:
Topics: Reporting & National Assessments
Manya Buchan, Product Manager, Elsevier
Award Management
Davina Erasmus, Director Product Management Pure, Elsevier
13:35-14:20 - 20 minutes sessions -
Yet Another Module – How Lund University uses PURE to Highlight Infrastructures and Challenges in Relation to Adding New Modules
Hanna Voog, Lund University
Abstract: In the ongoing strive to
disseminate research and enrich Lund University’s PURE installation, we have recentlyimplemented the Equipment module (renamed Infrastructure). A step closer to improve the use of the university’s infrastructures (collections, equipment, services etc.) and highlight what otherwise would had remained invisible both internal and external. Identifying and inviting different stakeholders at LU and improve work processes, are the key tasks for the PURE management in order to develop and make use of PURE at LU. Introducing the module Infrastructure has been done in close relations with researchers working in different infrastructures. A work that has been rewarding in terms of establishing relations with and knowledge about specific research environments; a process otherwise difficult to succeed with at a large and decentralized university. Our presentation will focus on the preparatory work and the experience regarding communicating and launching yet another module . In relation to our talk we would like to invite the audience to discuss How to create meaning, data quality and successful communication with stakeholders at the university in relation to PURE .

Knowledge Exchange
Yulia Falkovich, Tomsk Polytechnic University
Abstract: One of the most important challenges today for a university research management is to make read more...
decision what research areas, university researchers are working on, are the high priority and are in demand by industry and society. The questions can be: is our university’s research more applied or fundamental? And if it is both, where we should head for? What we should do to be more interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary? How to expand collaborations? Is university’s research cutting edge and what should the research management do to keep up the pace of the world research? Digitalized world doesn’t give an opportunity to think a lot and to rely on long-term plans.

The aim of the report is to start a discussion on the best ways to build up a university’s research strategy in the rapidly changing world. Some challenges in research strategy development and the ways to address them will be presented as the case study of Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia. The focus is on PURE as one of the tools to support research management. Tomsk Polytechnic University experience can be helpful for the universities of Western Europe and the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa e.t.c.) that have the same challenges and a similar economic and historical background.
- 90 minutes session -
Pure metadata push and pull
Adrian Price, Jan Fransen, Anna Clements
Abstract: Most metadata in Pure is second-hand: The metadata already exists in stores spread out in the research lifecycle. As Pure administrators, we need to tap into read more...
these stores to pull metadata into Pure in the most effective ways possible and with relationships between the entities intact. Once we’ve brought carefully curated metadata together into one connected place, we need to push it out to other systems for re-use, both internally and among institutions. Right now, though, Pure is not capable of moving metadata around in ways that best serve our institutions, i.e. effectively and flexibly. Our aim in this workshop is to identify which stores have metadata relevant to Pure, describe their formats, quality and availability, and to discuss effective ways to push metadata into Pure or pull from Pure. We will focus on the research lifecycle: from funding to the funded, and from their output to their impact. Relationships between people, their institutions, their publications, their funding and their impact should be easy to define and should remain intact. Once we have this rich and connected data in Pure, we should be able to share the results of our work with other Pure instances, collaborating to reduce duplicate effort and benefiting from the ways each institution can enrich metadata about its affiliated researchers, centers, and activities. We will investigate ways of effectively getting connected metadata into Pure, and we invite you to work with us to develop use cases and define how we’d like Pure to support metadata use and reuse.
Office Hours:
Topics: Award Management & Funding Discovery
Davina Erasmus, Director Product Management Pure, Elsevier
- 20 minutes sessions -
Marcel Vonder, Senior Director of Product Management, Elseiver & Christopher D. James, Senior Product Manager SciVal, Elsevier
Funding Institutional
Anuj Ahuja, Director of Product Management, Elsevier
14:25-15:10 How Close Are We to a Complete View of Research Activity?
Karen Kay, Birmingham University
Abstract: Systems such as Pure offer institutions the ability to collect read more...
more information about their research activities than ever before. Measuring the research activity at an institution is so much more than just citations and we are asking our researchers to record every aspect their research activity, from the inception of an idea for a funding proposal. But does the data we collect answer the strategic questions our institutions are asking, and do they range of systems we all use fit together well enough to enable a real, joined together, and complete picture of the research being produced? This session will explore how the University of Birmingham have been working to address the challenges of an ever increasing research information landscape; from the technical issues of a multiple system approach to whether the data we are collecting is able to support decision making.
 - 20 minutes sessions -
Andrea Michalek, Managing Director of Plum Analytics, VP of Research Metrics, Elsevier
Pure Community Module: The Benefits of Sharing
Randy Love, Solution Sales Manager, Elsevier
Abstract: The dictionary defines a Community as
“a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing a common location, attitude, interest, and goal”.  Today, the modern research paradigm is far more inclined to collaboration. In fact, 44.4% of academic papers published in 2017 involved authors from more than one institution.  However, interinstitutional collaboration presents challenges for research managers. For example, how can you best track involvement in multi-institutional projects or showcase community assets and expertise?  And how can a cluster of closely linked institutions report on the total impact of the groups’ work and the impact of granted funds?

This session is an overview of the Pure Community Module which facilitates the management of multi-institutional research projects. It provides a shared reporting engine and a multi-institution portal that makes it easy to collate and aggregate the data, showcase the research assets and even understand the contributions of each institution. Whether your Pure Community group consists of the institutions within a geographic region, an academic consortium, or a collective focused on a theme, this is the solution that helps to overcome the challenges in research and information management.
15:10-15:40Coffee Break
15:40-16:25 - 20 minutes sessions -
To clean or not to clean that is the question
Kirsty Taylor, University of Huddersfield
Abstract: At the heart of any system is
the need have accurate complete data. With Pure it is all about finding a balance between effective system synchronisation and manual input to create quality data. This presentation will focus upon the highs and lows the University of Huddersfield has faced and the subsequent lessons learnt whilst populating Pure to ensure that quality data curation was achieved. This will include an oversight as to why we made the decision not to synchronise with our ePrints repository and how Pure installation has led to the University implementing a single unique ID for persons within all of our disparate corporate systems and how a very small team is at the heart of the data quality within Pure.

Integrating Pure within the University’s Ecosystem
Dace Rozenberga, Bath University
Abstract: The University of Bath implemented Pure in 2012, making read more...
a concerted effort to integrate Pure with the existing University systems managed by other professional services (Human Resources, Finance, Student Services, Library). This presentation will discuss the approaches taken during the implementation, the expected and unexpected benefits that the integration with other systems has brought, and the impact it has had on the use of Pure and it data, and that of the other systems. The second part of the presentation will focus on the external systems and data sources that we deploy to enrich Pure data and to re-use our data externally, and what institution-wide benefits we have seen as a result.
- 20 minutes sessions -
Building and Automatizing Workflows to Update PURE’s Masterlist
Natalia Márquez, University Rosario
Abstract: Universidad del Rosario is one of the most read more...
prestigeous Colombian higher education institutions and one of the few that has completed PURE’s installation process. But there is one pressing issue for the Research and Innovation Office, which manages PURE: Universidad del Rosario does not have a way to automatically connect its directory to the system. As a result, every research unit and researcher must be added manually every month through the masterlist functionality. This process, formerly time consuming, has been improved by the use of an automated, open-source based and personalized workflow capable of collecting and processing information from several sources. Thus, Universidad del Rosario now updates its PURE masterlist with a single click. Want to know how? Check out our conference.

Enhancing the Visibility of Research - how to Use Pure data for Visualizing Knowledge?
Jari Haggren, Laura Mure, Aalto University
Abstract: Visualization is a technique for creating images, diagrams or animations to communicate read more...
a message (Wikipedia, 2018). It is one of the most efficient ways of making data approachable and understandable. In this presentation, we demonstrate with a couple of examples how we depict research outputs and activities in charts and graphics or through a visual search engine making data easier to analyze and understand. University’s research output and researchers When stakeholders are interested in finding information on a certain research area or a person who is active in the area, the "normal" search might not return the expected results. Our approach combines intelligent search engine and interactive visual interface based on the data extracted from Pure. User can refine search via visualized keywords, thus discovering interesting and relevant topics instead of the traditional trial-and-error searches.

Data from Pure is connected to an external system. The external solution helps to: 1) identify relevant research outputs related to keywords, and 2) search researchers who are experts in certain areas. Research, Art and Impact (RAI) Assessment The RAI2018 exercise assesses both research and artistic activities, and the societal impact of the university. Pure has been utilized widely in the gathering of the background material for the external reviewers. The excellence of the activities of the staff are showcased by using an interactive Microsoft Power BI visualization. The technical solution will be introduced in the presentation.
Office Hours:
Topics: Portals, Fingerprints & Search
Kristian Toland, Product Manager, Elsevier
- 20 minutes sessions -
Elsevier: Scopus
Eric Swenson, Sr. Director of Scopus product team
FAIR data? How to link Pure to the actual researcher data workflow
Wouter Haak, Vice President, Research Data Management Solutions & Alberto Zigoni, E Development Director, Elsevier
Abstract: How to collect and expand on the data that read more...
your researchers produce and analyse? It is easy to start an institutional data repository, and you may collect and report on this data. Unfortunately, this is not enough. The majority of datasets and collections end up in various other repositories, as they should. We have worked with several universities to expand their visibility on their data within and outside the institution, and to connect this information to Pure. This has led to a combined research data & Pure workflow that can be easily expanded to other universities. It starts with the F of FAIR data: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reproducible.
16:30-17:00 Closing Comments 
17:15-18:30 Casual Drinks Reception: Kimmel Center


Natalia Márquez

Natalia Márquez currently works as a metrics professional at the Research and Innovation Office of Universidad del Rosario in Colombia. Natalia holds a Bachelor degree in Library and Information Science and a Master in International Relations from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

Her main area of expertise is bibliometrics, but she has been involved in Universidad del Rosario’s PURE for the last two years and is now responsible for its management.

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Fiona Burton

Fiona Burton is currently Associate University Librarian, Collections, Discovery & Technology Services at Macquarie University, Sydney Australia.  Her portfolio covers collections, content development, library management and discovery systems, research scholarly information and research data management.  Fiona has particular interest in working to ensure that services and systems are integrated so as to create the best experience for the clients.

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Joan Concilio

Joan Concilio is the web specialist for research at Penn State College of Medicine. She has more than 18 years of experience in digital content and data management in the media, education and healthcare industries. She joined the College of Medicine in 2015 and was previously the online and innovation editor for a regional news organization for 15 years.

Joan also owns a digital development and consulting firm, Technical Penguins. She holds a BS degree in Mathematics from York College of Pennsylvania and is a student in Penn State’s master’s program in homeland security with a public health preparedness concentration.

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Frank Diepmaat

Frank has been functional manager of the research system and library system at Tilburg University (the Netherlands) for 1.5 years. He is responsible for the daily operation of Pure: answering user questions, creating reports, testing new versions, etc. Prior to this position, he worked as a functional manager of the Datawarehouse, where he was responsible for providing the institution’s management information.

Prior to working at Tilburg University, he held positions as an educational IT manager at Erasmus Medical Center and as a developer of ERP Software at Atos Origin. Frank holds a Master of Arts degree and a postgraduate degree in Historical Information Processing.

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Hanna Voog

Hanna Voog is assistant system manager for LUCRIS, the PURE-installation at Lund University, Sweden and a librarian. She’s been working with the implementation of PURE at Lund University in 2013-2016, and since then working with different tasks within the management of the system; such as support, meta data quality, upgrades and development.

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Rebecca Bryant

Rebecca Bryant, PhD, serves as Senior Program Officer at OCLC Research where she leads and develops areas for the OCLC Research Library Partnership and for OCLC Research related to research information management (RIM), research data management (RDM), and institutional scholarly communications practices.

Her OCLC publications include  Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library’s Role, Convenience and Compliance: Case Studies on Persistent Identifiers in European Research Information Management, and The Realities of Research Data Management.

Prior to joining OCLC in 2016, Rebecca served in previous roles at the University of Illinois, including as Project Manager for Researcher Information Services in the University Library, Assistant Dean in the Graduate College, and Project Leader on the system-wide UI-Integrate ERP implementation project. She has also served as Director of Community at ORCID where she led outreach initiatives to encourage the adoption of ORCID identifiers throughout the scholarly communications community, particularly promoting adoption and integration within universities worldwide.

Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree at Butler University, a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a PhD in historical musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Anna Clements

Anna is Assistant Director of Library Services at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, UK. She is responsible for scholarly communications support and research outputs management including open access and research data management, digital humanities, research computing and jointly manages the University CRIS, Pure, with the Research Policy Office.

Before moving to the Library in 2014, Anna worked in IT holding posts as Project Manager and Data Architect as well as being co-opted to serve as Senior Research Policy Advisor in 2011. Pre academia, Anna built up 20+ years’ experience as a consultant, software developer and project manager designing and building systems for UK/US educational/academic publishers.

She is a tireless advocate of entering data once and using open standards to improve data quality whilst minimizing the burden across the sector. Externally, Anna serves on the euroCRIS Board, the Snowball Metrics Steering Committee, CASRAI-UK Steering Committee and the Pure UK Strategy Group.

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Jan Fransen

Janet (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 and data that save researchers', students', and administrators' time and improve their access to the resources they need to get to their next steps. She serves as the lead for the University of Minnesota's Pure instance.

Jan's previous library experience was as an engineering liaison librarian, working with faculty and students in her alma mater, the College of Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Before becoming a librarian in 2008, Jan had a career as a programmer, trainer, and writer, with a focus on helping people use technology to be more effective in their jobs.

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Simon Barrett

Having completed his PhD in immunology and undertaking his own post doctoral research in the area of Autoimmunity, Simon began his career as a researcher.  Recognising the lack of professional administrative support for academics Simon saw the opportunity to further develop his administrative skills and fill the void.

Since joining the Monash Research Office 11 years ago, Simon’s team has continuously modified the business procedures with the aim to streamline the application and review process to reduce the burden on researchers, and the administrative team. The teams passion for IT solutions has them on a constant search for new systems to help them work less on admin and more on assisting researchers reach their potential.

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Victor Rocco

Victor Rocco is Research Information Manager of the Vice-rectory of Research and Doctoral Programs at Universidad Andres Bello (Chile). Victor is graduate from the Forest Sciences School of Universidad de La Frontera (Temuco, Chile) and have a Diploma in Business Intelligence of Universidad de Chile (Santiago, Chile).

He has been working with Pure since May 2017 (online product), but he was involved since the beginning of the product implementation. In fact, he also promoted the SciVal’s subscription the previous year (2016), to have valuable information for the National Assessment for Higher Education Institutions.

The main responsibilities from Victor are the building of periodic reports of research performance indicators, to response several surveys of rankings and assessments processes, to support strategic analysis with bibliometric information, to conduct the recognition of indexed papers for bonus assignment, and to support the protected-time-for-research’s assignment process. This year, these two last processes were implemented in Pure, improving them considerably. In addition, he is the unique admin of Pure and SciVal, working in their configuration, update and user support.

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Bonnie Nelson

Bonnie Nelson has more than 30 years of experience as a research librarian with expertise in technical, business, and marketing information synthesis. She is an ASQ Certified Quality Improvement Associate with experience in the creation of corporate policies and procedures, records management programs, and scientific stature tracking.

Her unique experience with and innate understanding of library repositories and data management has led to her current work as administrator for the RTI’s Comprehensive Research Information System. RTI is an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. Our mission is to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.

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Yulia Falkovich

As a head of Research Intelligence and Publications Department, she is responsible for research visibility of TPU, research output, building strategies to allocate funds on research as well as initiating and developing programs to boost scholarly communications and publishing papers in high-impact journals since the inception of the Department in 2014.

TPU as one of the top-15 Universities in Russia has been using Elsevier Research Intelligence Tools since 2013 (Scopus, Scival, PURE). Yulia Falkovich is initiator of PURE implementation at TPU and she is responsible for data management and promotion of the portal. She is a speaker at PuRe conference- 2016 and 2017.   She has worked for 3 years in an international research project management and organization of research networks between TPU scientists and researchers from partner-Universities.

She is an co-author of more than 30 research publications with the foreign scientists and managers as well as a project leader in internationalization of research and innovation activities of TPU scientists.

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Michelle Hutnik

Michelle Hutnik, ScD, is currently the Director for Research Analytics and Communications in the Office of the Vice President for Research at the Pennsylvania State University. She is responsible for gathering, evaluating and presenting institutional data and content to support the Office of the Vice President for Research.

She manage projects across multiple campuses, colleges and institutes for a variety of strategic interdisciplinary initiatives.

Previously, Michelle was the Medical Science Team Leader at The Angiogenesis Foundation. Michelle completed her post-doctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has performed business analysis and market research for ArQule Inc. and Epix Pharmaceuticals. She has co-authored two book chapters and a review on angiogenesis, and has received a number of scientific awards and fellowships. Michelle holds a Doctor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Kristy James

Kristy has always been obsessed with language, ever since she began her writing career as a teenager, publishing book reviews of young adult fiction in a large newspaper in her native Melbourne. Inspired by the power of words to enable the easy use of technology, and technology to enable the generation of words, she studied (Computational) Linguistics with a focus on Natural Language Processing – something she uses today when running spelling and grammar checks on Pure’s user interface!

Since taking over responsibility for Pure’s documentation when she joined as a Technical Writer in 2016, Kristy splits her time between writing task-based guidance for new (and old) features, taking a red pen to the text in Pure’s user interface and coordinating the translation of the software into over fifteen languages.

Kristy is also an avid polyglot, spending her free time reading German, Dutch and Spanish literature, and learning Japanese. Do note though that she leaves the translation of Pure into these languages to the professionals!

Portrait of Kristy James | Elsevier

Kristian Toland

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 earlier this year 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.

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Marijke Folgering

Marijke Folgering is project manager at the University of Groningen Library and Pure coordinator for the University of Groningen and the University of Groningen Medical Center. Marijke has been working with Pure since 2015.

Her role involves managing the Pure user support team at the University Library and managing projects to realize further developments. She is active in the board of the Dutch Pure User Group and is the representative of this user group on the topic Research Assessment. In this regard she has advised on the implementation of the Pure module that provides a view on research output, FTE’s and funding in a format that follows the Dutch ministry’s requirements. Marijke holds a Masters degree in Computer Science.

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Adrian Price

Adrian Price is Pure coordinator at the University of Copenhagen Libraries, and works with Pure at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Science.

Adrian is a graduate from the Royal School of Library and Information Science. He has been working with Pure since implementation at the first Danish universities in 2005, and has specifically worked with the first metadata model, which is the basis of the present model in use at Danish universities. The Pure unit at the two University of Copenhagen Faculties registers publications for researchers in Pure and conducts bibliometric analyses for Faculty for use in strategy as well as for research and budgetary planning for Faculty departments.

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Heidi Holst Madsen

Heidi Holst Madsen is a special consultant at Copenhagen University Library / Royal Danish Library, and works with Pure registration/validation and bibliometrics among other things.

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JC Heyneke

JC Heyneke is responsible for Elsevier’s portfolio of businesses and products designed to help research institutions enhance their reputation. This includes market-leading SaaS solutions like SciVal – a research performance and benchmarking solution, Pure – an enterprise research information management system, Digital Commons – a cloud-based institutional repository, and Mendeley Data – a research data lifecycle management solution.

Prior to this role he oversaw the global sales strategy, business development, sales operations and support for Elsevier Research Solutions Sales. Before joining Elsevier, JC was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company, a strategy consultancy, serving customers in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. JC started his career as a researcher with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa and also worked for a number of years as a software engineer, both in South Africa and in the United States.

He holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York, as well as engineering and commerce degrees from the universities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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Randy Love

Randy Love is a Solution Sales Manager for Pure in North America.  Prior to joining Elsevier in February of this year, he previously worked in the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) space where he has over 20 years of experience in document management and workflow-oriented software projects.

Randy also worked in the mobile data industry and spent several years with a computer hardware manufacturer.  He holds a BS in Computer Science degree from Youngstown State University in Ohio and is a CompTIA Certified Document Imaging Architect (CDIA+).

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Moisés Moreno Albarrán

Moisés Moreno Albarrán is a Solutions Manager for Pure at Elsevier in the Northeast US and Latin America region specializing in research management and analysis tools. He has been with Elsevier since 2014 in the Research Intelligence division focused on giving advice to research directors or managers.

Born in Mexico City, he graduated as a Cybernetics and Computer Systems Engineer with excellence from Universidad la Salle and obtained his Master's degree in Finance in 2015 from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Prior to joining Elsevier, Moises worked for nearly 5 years at Thomson Reuters as a consultant; developing software solutions to deliver financial information in real time for financial institutions, stock exchanges and companies.

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Farah Karimi

Farah Karimi is a Customer Consultant for Pure having joined Elsevier in May 2017. She comes from a technical academic background with an undergraduate degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in information systems. In her role as a CC, Farah has a maintained a record of successfully servicing clients and is passionate about delivering competitive technology and strategies.

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Nikhil Joshi

Nikhil Joshi is a Consultant for Research Data Management at Elsevier in North America. Nikhil has been with Elsevier for over four years and has supported several product portfolios and worked extensively with customers in the Academic and Corporate environments.

Before Elsevier, he worked as an Applications Scientist for a biotechnology company that produced hardware and software for biomedical signal acquisition and analysis. His education is in Biomedical Engineering and he is currently pursuing a MBA at Columbia Business School.

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Manya Buchan

Manya joined the Pure team as a Product Manager in 2014, and along with the other members of the Product Management team, is responsible for new features developed in Pure, including Reporting and Research Assessment functionality. Prior to joining Elsevier, Manya worked at the University of Edinburgh, acting as the business lead for the procurement and implementation of Pure, and managing the University’s REF2014 and RAE2008 research assessment submissions. Manya has a BA (Hons) in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University and a MBA from the University of Edinburgh.

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Anthony M. Boccanfuso

Since 2007, Tony has led the UIDP (uidp.org), a project oriented, membership organization comprised of leading innovation firms and outstanding research universities from around the world.  Tony derives tremendous satisfaction in leading the UIDP as it pursues its goal of improving partnerships between the academic and corporate sectors and helping its members achieve meaningful impact on a broad array of university-industry collaboration matters ranging from contracting, commercialization, and workforce development.

Members use UIDP learnings to improve and advance their external engagement strategy. Tony believes that academic-corporate engagement improves the lives of ordinary people and the human condition through the development of transformational products, new medicines and creation of new information and approaches that lead to better decision-making.

Tony possesses a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry and more than 30 years of research and commercialization experience managing a variety of administrative, programmatic, and strategy initiatives for academic, government, and private sector firms such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, The University of South Carolina, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
His wife Laura is a computer scientist and CEO of Van Robotics.  They have three children – Carolina who is an RN at Children’s Hospital in Alabama; Michael a sophomore mechanical engineering student, and Ana a high school junior.

Thomas Gurney

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.

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Andrea Michalek

Andrea Michalek has a passion for building technology solutions that interface between large amounts of data and the people who use them. Early in her career, Andrea was involved in the development of software for medical applications – first with GE and later with Picker International. During the dot-com boom, she worked with a Philadelphia pioneer in the search engine and ecommerce industry, Infonautics.

During that period, she successfully launched dozens of web-based products including Electric Library (an online reference product) and Company Sleuth (a financial website), firsts of their kind in the industry. Andrea earned a patent for her work there. More recently, she was Director of Technology for the Summon® web-scale discovery service at Serials Solutions.   Andrea was awarded the “Thirty under 30” award in 2001 by Philly-Tech Magazine, as one of top thirty individuals under the age of 30 in the Philadelphia area technology market.

She has been quoted in over a dozen business and technology magazines including Forbes.com, Wall Street Journal College Journal, and Small Business Computing. She has held an adjunct faculty position at the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University. Andrea earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computational biology from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Science in computer science from Villanova University.

Portrait of Andrea Michalek | Elsevier

Nick Veenstra

Nick Veenstra is currently employed as Research Information Specialist at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in Eindhoven, where he started in 2010 as developer on the integrated library system. With a previous ILS development role at INFOR and a background in information management, Nick mainly focuses on bringing functionality and users together when it comes to developing or implementing useful IT solutions in the IM realm.

In 2015 Nick implemented the Pure research information system as the successor of Metis on TU/e campus, moving into the role of Research Information Specialist. He strives to combine this role with a more technical hands on approach in order to further embed Pure in TU/e’s research information life cycle. He is currently chairman of the Dutch Pure usergroup and aims to bring the various international user groups together. He assists researchers with publishing apps in TU/e’s mobile app stores and has developed several mobile applications related to the ILS.

Nick is a self taught developer with knowledge of various programming languages, and a special interest in semantic technology, having previously implemented the Vivo research information system at the university. Nick also contributes to various open source IoT and home automation projects such as Domoticz and Samsung’s SmartThings platform. His home serves as testing grounds for home automation experiments, often testing the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) of new IoT products on his significant other.

Nick graduated from Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands.

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Dace Rozenberga

Dace works as the Research Systems Coordinator at the University of Bath, UK. She is based in the University’s central research support office and oversees the daily running of Pure, working to resolve any system and data quality issues, reviewing and testing new functionality, producing Pure reports, and supporting academics and other professional services colleagues  in their use of Pure.

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Semira Dautovic BSc, MBA

Manager of Post-Award and Reporting with an extensive experience in research management including responsibility for all internal and external reporting related to research data. A professional Research Manager with achievements including successfully implementing multiple IT projects and leading teams from small to 10+ staff.

Edwina Harvinson

Edwina has worked in IT project delivery for 20+ years and has a strong focus on the business change required to adopt new technologies. Her career includes roles as a business analyst, trainer, project manager and more recently as the Delivery Lead for a number of initiatives that cover administration improvements for both Research and Student information.

Edwina was the driving force to keep the Monash Pure implementation on time and on track and managed to maintain a strong collaboration between IT and impacted business units that continues on more than two years later. In an organisation as large as Monash University, the need for continuous improvement is vital and Edwina has been leading the change in the way programs of work are undertaken at Monash, starting with myResearch.  The Pure implementation was the most efficient and effective enterprise wide system roll out ever completed at the University. The knowledge gained from that success is now informing a number of other enterprise wide programs and helping to drive a shift in the way the University approaches its delivery of technology and change.

Portrait of Edwina Harvinson | Elsevier

Wouter Haak

Wouter Haak is responsible for research data management at Elsevier, specifically the Mendeley Data platform. This is an open ecosystem of researcher data tools: a data repository, an electronic lab notebook, a datasearch tool, and a data project management tool. Aside from his work for Elsevier, Wouter is part of several open data community initiatives;

for example he co-chairs the RDA-WDS Scholix working group on data-article linking; he is part of the JISC Data2paper advisory board; and his group participates in the NIH Data Commons pilot project. It is all about the ‘R’ of FAIRdata: focusing on data re-use.

Prior to Elsevier, Wouter has a background in online product and strategy roles. He has worked at eBay Classifieds, e.g. Marktplaats.nl, Kijiji.it – in roles varying from business development to overall responsiblity for the classifieds businesses in Italy, France, Belgium and Turkey. Furthermore he has worked for the Boston Consulting Group.

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Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater.


Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
The airport has service to destinations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. As of summer, 2018, 133 total destinations will be served, including 97 domestic and 36 international destinations. We suggest taking a taxi from the airport to the venue. Average travel time is 25 minutes (without traffic). Most taxis should accept credit cards but please check beforehand. Please note it is customary to tip taxi drivers 10-20%.

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