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Thursday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Getting everyone around the table to build sustainable innovations

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Vendor-library relations have become increasingly strained against the backdrop of resource scarcity and a demand for greater vendor transparency. It is in this environment that Digital Science approached over 100 community partners--universities, funders, and businesses--to rethink how vendors can collaborate with the community to innovate. Based on our experiences, we will lay out arguments for why community-driven innovations will win every time.

First, Digital Science will introduce the Dimensions Development Partner Program (DDPP). They will describe the practical effects of the Program upon the creation of the Dimensions platform, an inter-linked research insights system containing over a billion connections between publications, grants, patents, clinical trials and citations. The DDPP’s benefits and limitations will be addressed, and they will propose principles by which others who wish to adopt the DDPP model should operate.

Next, we will hear from two participants in the DDPP. The University of Alabama at Birmingham provides tools to its researchers to track and link their publications and grants but they had a common problem: a lack of staff to complete the work. They joined the DDPP early on with that problem in mind. They will share their experiences dealing with challenges like researcher buy-in, integration with campus profile systems, and use of the Dimensions API.

Northwestern University’s Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center joined the DDPP with the intention of using Dimensions to better understand the impact of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. They have provided Dimensions with feedback on their use of the platform’s analytical features, such as heatmaps for active funding areas. They will offer suggestions for ways that vendors could improve similar engagement programs in the future.

We will conclude with a discussion on the ways that vendors can get everyone to the table for a truly participatory product design process.

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Karen Gutzman

Digital Innovations Specialist, Northwestern University
I serve as the Digital Innovations Specialist at Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University where I develop, support, and implement programs that increase awareness about digital scholarship and issues in the digital environment among faculty, researchers... Read More →
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Ralph O'Flinn

Enterprise Applications Engineer III, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Technical Lead for UAB Profiles and Scholars@UABAt UAB since 2014Previously at EBSCO Industries, Inc. for 8 yearsDevelopment Partner with Digital ScienceVolunteer developer for @VIVOcollabAdvocate of linked and open data
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Sara Rouhi

Director of Engagement & Advocacy for Altmetric and Dimensions, Digital Science
Sara Rouhi is Director of Engagement & Advocacy for Dimensions with responsibility for education and outreach in the US and Canada for both Digital Science’s new Dimensions platform and Digital Science’s alternative metrics company, Altmetric. She... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401