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Reconnect Canada 2018

The CASRAI community in Canada completed another great event - working together to make research management information more efficient and effective throughout an ever changing research management lifecycle.

Programme and slides

May 23rd0830-1530Registration desk open
0900-1030Networking break w/refreshments and sponsor exhibits
1030-1200Chapter Business Meeting
Working lunch served to both Newcomers and Business Meeting participants.
1230-1300Registration, networking
1300-1315Welcome & announcements
1315-1430Keynote Address: Reuse and Recycling in Research Management Information (FRE version)
As research management, evaluation and compliance becomes increasingly complex and spread across more and more funders and disciplines there is an opportunity to look at better re-use and recycling of information.
Speakers: Dominique Bérubé is Vice-President of Research Programs at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Adrian Mota is Associate Vice-President of Research, Knowledge Translation and Ethics at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
1430-1500Networking break w/refreshments and sponsor exhibits
1500-1700Updates from Canadian community from project leads
1700-1830Networking reception
May 24th0800-0830Networking breakfast
0830-0945Breakout Work Sessions, Part One
Sessions will raise current and pressing issues for the research community to work on together.

1. Social Sciences and Humanities Impacts
To identify priority issues, and establish clarity in the terminology, for discussion of the outcomes and
impacts of research in the social sciences and humanities (SSH).

Presenter: Janet Halliwell

2. Research CV Management in an Academic Setting
In the past year, the Faculty of Science (FoS) at the University of Alberta (UoA) has undertaken the development of a Research Management system, to support its annual-reporting and faculty-evaluation process. This system, the "FoS Forum", is based on the Forum platform, originally conceived and developed for supporting the administration and reporting processes of Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCEs), currently used by three NCEs and three National research networks. In this workshop, we hope to share our experience with other institutions who are pursuing similar initiatives.

Presenter: Eleni Stroulia, Professor, Computing Science / Project Director, Integrated Strategic Data Systems, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta
0945-1000Networking Break w/refreshments and sponsor exhibits
1000-1115Breakout Work Sessions, Part Two
Sessions will raise current and pressing issues for the research community to work on together.

1. Measuring Diversity in the Research Ecosystem (Slides 1 and Slides 2)
What do we mean by equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI)? Why is EDI of importance to research administrators? What are the issues involved in measurement? What do we know/not know about EDI amongst faculty members and students? Statistics Canada will be a central player in the development of a broader set of indicators and statistics to measure and track Canada’s progress on achieving shared growth and gender equality objectives, especially through their new Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics announced in federal budget 2018. This session will provide an opportunity for sharing current preoccupations, insights and challenges of measuring EDI amongst university research administrators and Statistics Canada.

- Janet Halliwell, Convenor and Facilitator
- Heather Dryburgh (Co-presenter), Director General, Tourism and Centre for Education Statistics, Statistics Canada

2. Research Data Management Planning 2.0 in Canada
This presentation will offer an overview of the consolidated code base of the DMP Assistant; demos of key features and major development towards the machine-actionable DMPs such as a repository of DMPs, ORCID ID support and APIs for creating and sharing DMPs will be highlighted in the discussion, in hope to spark open discussion on what machine-actionable DMPs would mean in the Canadian context. It will provide updates on the current status of the DMP Assistant 2.0 upgrade project, as well as the DMPEG activities such as development of policies and exemplar DMPs.

- Weiwei Shi, Digital Initiative Applications Librarian, Cameron Library, University of Alberta 
- Ted Strauss, McGill / Montreal Neurological Institute

1115-1130Networking Break w/refreshments and sponsor exhibits
1130-1230Plenary Session: Research Classification in Canada: challenges and opportunities (Slides 1 and Slides 2)
Panel discussion with a presentation on the Tri-Agencies’ adoption of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) scheme. Following, all panelists will discuss their perspective on the importance, opportunities and challenges of adopting the research classification scheme and their perspectives on harmonizing these in an increasingly global research enterprise, and for using research classification codes in the broader research management information context.

Ariadne Legendre
Senior Data Analyst | Analyste principal de données
Corporate Strategy and Performance | Stratégie et rendement organisationnels
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada | Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada

Alice Born
Director Standards Division, Analytical Studies, Methodology and Statistical Infrastructure Field | Directrice Division des normes, Secteur des Études analytiques, méthodologie et infrastructure statistique
Statistics Canada | Statistique Canada

David Baker
Executive Director | Directeur exécutif

Karina McInnis
Chair, CASRAI Canada Steering Committee | Président, Comité directeur de CASRAI Canada
1230-1245Wrap Up and Good-bye

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