Research Information Management Systems SIG

At ARMS conference in Adelaide 2013 a lunch time session was held run by Rochelle Finlay establishing interest in SIG on Research Information Management Systems. Attendance at the session was approximately 20 people from a number of ARMS contributing organizations (across Australia and New Zealand). At the session a group was established to lead a proposal for a SIG to the ARMS executive. Contributing members from the lead group included:

  • Sian Wright (Co-Convenor), Massey University, New Zealand
  • Ben Cornwell (Co-Convenor) University of Wollongong
  • Dr Maxine Bryant, Canterbury University, New Zealand
  • Pravin Adip, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Australia
  • Katie Jones, Unitec, New Zealand
  • Gary Long, University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Kate Lyall, University of Canberra, Australia


SIG Scope

The scope of the Special Interest Group is defined around the common interest area of Research Information Management systems reporting with related processes and procedures.

Most of the ARMS members systems share very similar needs and requirements in terms of data and information capture and management. As a result, many have implemented or are in the process of obtaining comparable software applications and systems to assist in the management of this information in a consistent way.

The SIG will promote the dissemination and institutional collaboration for members with the aim of providing:

  • A forum for those professional staff within ARMS involved in research information management systems and information management to discuss new system features, technical developments, issues, innovations to reduce duplication.
  • Enable partnering of institutions for knowledge transfer and assistance when institutions are installing/upgrading a research information management systems
  • A mechanism for members to discuss the strategic usage of the information gathered and the reporting opportunities available
  • Act as a conduit for issue identification across institutions with potential for multi-institutional requests for development to the relevant research information management organizations
  • Where appropriate, work with software and data providers on requirements and shared visions
  • Enable knowledge transfer, potential professional development opportunities and create a network of ARMS members with an interest in research information management systems

The SIG is currently convened by Grahame Pearson, The Australian National University. The SIG is primarily managed through virtual means predominately via email communications and teleconferences.  Members who register interest for membership of the SIG will then be invited to teleconference/video conference to establish an understanding of the primary interests of the contributing members.


For more information and how to become involved in the SIG please email: