The current ARMS Research Information Management Systems Special Interest Group (RIMS SIG) was established following a session held at the 2013 conference in Adelaide. The agreed scope of the SIG was defined around the common interest area of systems and the related processes and procedures. This is explained further as follows:
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 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 organisations;
- 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.
A meeting of the SIG was convened by Grahame Pearson (current Convenor) and Michelle Duryea (outgoing ARMS Treasurer) at the 2017 ARMS conference in Wellington to reassess the role of the SIG and its future.
Outcomes of the discussion included:
- Historical dependency on a singular Convenor has impeded SIG activities. Support for a core convening group to coordinate any future activities.
- Other specialised sub-groups have been active:
- ERA/EI Google Group (list managed by Wendy Scott, University of Sydney)
- Bibliometricians Network (organised by Adam Finch, CSIRO)
- ORCID Australian Consortium Advisory Group (ARMS representative Michelle Duryea, ECU)
- Current focus on “systems” is limiting and doesn’t work even when institutions utilise the same system given different modules of the product may be implemented and configurations widely vary.
- Support for continuing the SIG under a revised, broader remit with individual streams of activity.
- Topics should align with those covered within the ARMS Foundation Accreditation Program ‘Research Data and Analytics’ Module which has a greater focus on research information and reporting.
- Opportunities to be more engaged with funders and vendors (systems and citations databases) etc.
It was therefore agreed that the SIG should be retitled as ‘Research Information and Reporting’ with a revised scope in alignment with the major themes included within the Accreditation Program Module, namely:
- The international, national and institutional contexts which drive the requirements to collect, process, manage and analyse research information;
- The theory behind and basic principles of relational database systems and the management of research information systems;
- An understanding of reporting requirements and the principles of evidence-based policy;
- An introduction to research performance indicators and research drivers in the context of research evaluation and assessment; and
- The realisation that research data increasingly underpins all aspects of the research domain.
The name change was endorsed by the ARMS Board on 13 December 2017.
RIMS SIG Meeting Attendees
Meeting held on Thursday, 28 September 2017 @ ARMS Conference, Wellington NZ
Grahame Pearson, Australian National University (SIG Convenor) Michelle Duryea, Edith Cowan University (Meeting Co-Chair)
Ben Cornwell, University of Wollongong (Ex-SIG Convenor) Adam Finch, CSIRO (Bibliometricians Network Convenor)
Stephen Hannan, Western Sydney University Judy Alexander, University of Newcastle Elizabeth Przywolnik, Curtin University
Peter Barnard, Southern Cross University
Raimond Placidi, Federation University
For more information and how to become involved in the SIG please email: firstname.lastname@example.org