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Reflections From the Transforming Research Conference

Posted by on January 21st, 2020 Posted in: All Posts

Guest Post by Arian Abdulla, Biomedical Information Specialist, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

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 NIH such as the New PubMed Labs, and Data sharing initiatives with NIH FigShare. 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 to connect my patrons with several sources of information that are hosted by NLM. Furthermore to promote Open Science among researchers at my institution I have created a LibGuide with ORCID information, and how the researchers can create and use the ORCID ID. ORCID identifier ensures that all of the 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 there was positive feedback by the faculty and their engagement with open science is trending in the right direction.

For those interested, the recording of the entire program is available here:


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