In November 2017, Flinders began an exciting journey to modernise its digital research management environment, to meet research objectives outlined in Making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda.
After an intensive period of consultation with the research community, Research Development and Support (RDS) and Digital Research Services (DRS) ran an open tender for a software solution to replace the ageing ResearchMaster system; replace RePortal; and help streamline ethics approvals. Our research community told us that the solution had to be easy to use and work as a single system.
The tender team selected two components that would be integrated to establish a solid foundation for the evolving Research Ecosystem at Flinders:
- Elsevier Pure for improved research management
- Infonetica ERM for more efficient ethics process management.
A project team, drawn from DRS, RDS, and the Library, will release the integrated Pure and ERM solution in four stages.
By early 2019, Stage 1 will be released. This will provide researchers with more accurate publication management, as well as enriched researcher profiles to help promote Flinders research and collaborations. Stage 1 will also include the first of the new ethics processes being co-designed by RDS, ethics committees, and stakeholders.
In subsequent releases in 2019 the remaining functionality from ResearchMaster and RePortal, and other ethics processes, will be transferred to the new solution.