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Digital Science and the Boston Library Consortium invite you to attend a workshop focused on the management, dissemination, and collaboration around research data in the university.

Today’s research ecosystem is increasingly complex and includes players from many different departments and groups within the academy: research and sponsored program staff, the CIO and IT staff, library deans/directors and their scholarly communications and research data management librarians, university marketing and communications staff and, of course, the researchers themselves.

Meeting the diverse requirements of these varied groups in efficient and cost-effective ways requires that quality data are able to flow in and out of university information systems, often populating such diverse technologies as grants management systems, researcher profiles, institutional repositories, and enterprise data warehouses.  Non-traditional measures of research impact such as Altmetrics and the increasingly prevalent funder mandates create new challenges for universities as they look to ensure a robust research information management environment.

The workshop is on Friday, November 21st and will be held at Tufts University (Medford campus). Lunch is included.

9:30AM: Introduction and Welcome – Susan Stearns, Boston Library Consortium, Susan Pastore, Digital Science

9:45AM: Research Information Management: Making Sense of it All – The creation of an authoritative institutional data source requires a thorough understanding of the subject area, the adoption of effective processes, strong stakeholder communication and a comprehensive appreciation of available sources of supporting data.

11:00AM: One University’s Transition to the Research Information Age – The University of New Hampshire is in the final stages of implementing two types of research information systems. As a relatively small land-, sea- and space-grant institution, with by far the lowest per capita state support among its peers, moving initiatives like this forward faces particular challenges. This talk will focus on telling the UNH story, which is still very much in its early stages but also has a lot of lessons that have been learned.

12:15: Lunch

1:15: The Evolving World of Research Data Management: Options and Opportunties – Technology for data management is always evolving. Much of the newest functionality for researchers is led by innovation in other spaces. Management, dissemination and collaboration around research data is key to both the development of scholarly communication and quickly becoming a requirement as more and more funders see the benefits of open research. This session will look at the research data management landscape and the different approaches that are being taken to adjust to the various funder mandates.


Dr. Mark Hahnel

Dr. Kevin Gardner

Jonathan Breeze

To Register: Email Susan Stearns, Executive Director, Boston Library Consortium –  – and include any dietary requirements for the lunch.