Winchester, MA Thomson Reuters hosted a CONVERIS Global User Group Meeting for current and prospective users in Hatton Garden, London, on October 1-2, 2014. About 40 attendees from the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, European Institutions from other countries, and the University of Botswana met to discuss issues pertaining to Research Information Management Systems, the CONVERIS Roadmap, research analytics, and new features and functions being provided by CONVERIS (http://converis5.com). VIVO Project Director Layne Johnson was on hand to highlight VIVO’s role in managing research information.
CONVERIS is a complete and integrated workflow solution integrating data and analytics to track the research process ranging from start to finish, including Pre- and Post-Award management, publications management, graduate student management, a research portal to share information over the web, analytics, and more. Case studies were presented to showcase how CONVERIS is used to help drive research decision making; community initiatives, including ORCID and the use of unique identifiers to drive better research management, and CASRAI for supporting interoperability across the research lifecycle. “What’s Next for Research Information Management?” was highlighted in presentations from euroCRIS and VIVO.
Layne Johnson, Ph.D., VIVO Project Director presented a talk entitled “The Evolving Role of VIVO in Research and Scholarly Networks” which provided a brief description of VIVO, examples of VIVO implementations, future initiatives of the VIVO Project, key VIVO partnerships essential for effective research information management, and the role of DuraSpace and VIVO in building and promoting scholarly and research communities. VIVO was also represented at the Global User Group Meeting, along with ORCID, CASRAI, and euroCRIS during a panel discussion and question and answer period where attendees and panelists discussed the importance of consistent data standards and interoperability and the need for consistent data models across the research spectrum.
Breakout sessions were held on October 2nd and covered:
Integration with InCites
Open Access; and
Costing and Pricing.
VIVO and CONVERIS continue to explore opportunities for partnership in an effort to enhance sharing information about researchers, research output (including publications and datasets) and data interoperability. VIVO and CONVERIS offer complementary capabilities to the research community, and ongoing discussions are being held to identify ways that the two platforms can be used synergistically to enhance access and sharing of research-related information.
Thomson Reuters is an Investor Level Corporate Sponsor of the VIVO project and participates in the governance of VIVO by serving on the VIVO Leadership Group to provide strategic and tactical input, assist in setting priorities for the VIVO Project, and identifying ways to promote the use of VIVO in the research community.