A globally interconnected research world
is the norm. This offers great opportunities
for communication and collaboration across
fields of research, but it also comes with
great challenges, in particular for systems
interoperability. Many technology products,
systems and tools have been created to help
universities and other research organizations
meet these challenges while achieving
their strategic goals. This is creating a new
challenge: a confusing stack of technology for
users to assemble into a functional research
This panel will explore how one university,
Texas A&M, selected and implemented a
technology stack and is using it to achieve their
strategic plan, “Vision 2020: Creating a Culture
of Excellence.” Their stack includes:
• Repositories, Vireo & DSpace
The panel will discuss the components and
the interactions between them, to provide the
audience concrete examples of a working,
interconnected research ecosystem.
Texas A&M will describe its process for
defining its technology needs, who was
engaged, and the questions that drove decisionmaking.
They will describe their current
technology stack, and the connections between
the components. One cross-platform connector
used by Texas A&M is the ORCID ID, which
is allowing them to integrate information about
researcher works and affiliations across various
systems and present this information in their
ORCID will describe how ORCID identifiers
are being used at universities to assert
researcher affiliation, and how universities
may benefit from integrations by publishers
and funders. Consortia approaches to
implementation and adoption will be
discussed, as well as the use of ORCID in
federated identity management systems such
as eduGAIN, and how ORCID interacts with
identifiers for works and organizations.
Green open-access institutional repositories are
a key component of a research ecosystem. It is
the container for the research output conducted
at the university. Recent studies have shown
that opening up access to research creates
more usage and citations for that research.
Texas A&M implemented Vireo for theses and
dissertations and DSpace for faculty research.
How is all of this enabling Texas A&M to
measure progress toward its strategic goals?
As a component of its tech stack, Texas A&M
has integrated PlumX to track research metrics
in five categories: usage, captures, mentions,
social media and citations. Sometimes this is
referred to as altmetrics. This part of the panel
will include a discussion of what Texas A&M
has discovered by tracking metrics across
disciplines including output for the humanities.
It will also showcase some other use cases of
metrics in institutional repositories, analytics
reports and researcher dashboards.