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Reflections From the Transforming Research Conference

by Kimberley Barker on 2020-04-02T16:52:47-04:00 | Comments

This article was written by Arian Abdulla (pictured), Biomedical Information Specialist, and edited by Kimberley R. Barker

On September 27-29 2019, I was fortunate to attend the Transforming Research Conference in Washington DC. The conference welcomed stakeholders across the research ecosystem including a diverse, international audience. The meeting format encouraged a lively discussion among the attendees. The five themes for discussion were:

  • Data governance and open data
  • Macroscale research transformation: How government and funders affect change
  • Science analytics for portfolio management and opportunity targeting
  • Managing the cycle of research planning, portfolio management, and evaluation
  • Entrepreneurialism, collaborations, and economic impact

My hope before the conference was to connect with professionals from different fields and, in that regard, the conference did not disappoint. I was able to hear different perspectives on several topics and Initiatives toward Open Science. It was valuable to learn about new developments from the National Institutes of Health, such as the new PubMed, and data sharing initiatives with NIH FigShare. The NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis demonstrated the work they are doing including the development of metrics such as the Relative Citation Ratio, iCite, and iSearch tools they use to evaluate and measure research.

After attending this conference, I feel more confident about connecting my patrons with several sources of information that are hosted by the National Library of Medicine. Furthermore, to promote Open Science among researchers at my institution I have created a LibGuide with ORCID information, and instructions for creating and using ORCID ID. Each unique ORCID identifier ensures that every researcher’s work will be associated with their name consistently and recognizably. I also presented an Open Science seminar for the Engineering faculty at the University of Virginia and, in addition to positive feedback from the faculty, their engagement with open science is trending in the right direction.

For those interested, the recording of the entire program of the 2019 Transforming Research conference is available here:


If you have questions, please ask via email: Arian@virginia.edu

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