Reconnect 2017 Attendees Notes and Comments


Reconnect Canada 2017 Annual Conférence annuelle
25 et 26 mai 2017, Plaza Centre-Ville, Montréal

The CASRAI Reconnect 2017 Canadian Chapter Conference is a nationally-focused, annual opportunity for those from research-performing institutions with to come together with research-funders, research data management consortiums, solution providers, publishers and others in the Canadian research enterprise.

0930-0945 Welcome | Mot de bienvenue
0945-1100 CASRAI 101
1130-1230 Progress Reports | Rapports d’avancement
1330-1430 Partners Roundtable 1 | Table ronde des partenaires 1
1430-1500 Tech30K - Down-to-earth technology talks from 30,000 feet
1530-1630 Partners Roundtable 2 | Table ronde des partenaires 2
1630-1700 Wrap-up | Session de clôture

0830-1000 Keynote & Open Discussion
1030-1200 Partners Roundtable 3 | Table ronde des partenaires 3
1200-1230 Wrap-up | Session de clôture

The posts below are attendee notes and comments from the the two days of sessions.

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Looking forward to an exciting and engaging conversation with our stakeholders for today and tomorrow.


@janeth words of wisdom on major changes:

Creation of NSERC 1978
Creation of Networks of Centers of Excellence 1980s - rewards for interaction, but brings with it all kinds of challenges on information exchange between and among institutions
1990s - dark years of cutbacks - challenge then was how to manage change with restrained funds
Then a period of reinvestment CFI, CRCs Genome Canada, scholarships - additional funding, but also additional challenges for those who manage research enterprise

Today is another reflection point, possibly as big as 1978 with the Naylor report
Hoping for a good gov response
change STIC to National advisory council, bring more transparency

Another smaller but significant change - creation of LCDRI
need to incorporate research administration data in this digital infrastructure


Innovation in Research Information will be critical for all stakeholders in the research ecosystem.


@David_Baker up next : Information Innovation Together
What does Casrai do: More reseach, less paperwork, better information
Also innovation - new approach to solving old and vexing problems
User led, but uses IT
Casrai is not the only player, part of an ecosystem of users


@David_Baker What is admin data?

It results from pressing record on the logic model of research
inputs = cvs, personal info, equipment etc.
activities = project management etc.
outputs = citations etc.
outcomes, impacts = need to record in an information structure

There is also how this info interacts across organizations - no one is an island

Distributed data approach


And then I found out all that info was on @David_Baker 's next slide…


are the slides available online?


No idea -but I bet @David_Baker knows


speaking of glossaries, it would be helpful to compile all the organizational acronyms mentioned by presenters.


@ted Sounds like a fun project -you volunteering?


@David_Baker cont. One of the biggest challenges is working with software companies to make data produced in their software compatible with those who are not using that software

Metadata is context dependent - something that is metadata (e.g. CV) in one context is not data is another context

Casrai does not manage research data (evidence) and should not be conflated - requires a different strategy. There is overlap e.g. glossary. Casrai creates a neutral space for those discussions.


New glossary post added:


@David_Baker cont: Users and agents in the Casrai world
Users are the business experts - researchers, students, etc.
Agents are technology experts - database managers

Conversation needs to happen between the users - understand the data needs. Casrai facilitates this discussion

Agents need the users to define what the info needed is.


@David_Baker Mapping is all well and good, until the databases change. Unless it is mapped to a standard.


@David_Baker nteroperability - what is it?
Not just a technology construct, interoperability is knowing that you can communicate between partners

Pain points: complexity, duplication, feasibility, maturity, change and comparability = it hurts when we collaborate


Time for my first mildly inflammatory question - I like @David_Baker 's idea of not being in a constant data mapping/cleaning process, but is it realistic? One thing I’ve learned about data bases and standards is that they never seem to run themselves magically once they are set up…


@David_Baker suggests that data standards in Casrai aren’t a life or death situation - but if administration burden is decreasing the pace of research by almost 50%, what life-saving research isn’t happening that could?


It would be great to get these slides from David.


Slides are going to be posted to the forum