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Strategic Management of the Research Process



In recent years, researchers across the spectrum have seen shifts in funding practices, in available tools and resources, in output types, and more. What are the new expectations and priorities of the institutions and laboratories these researchers are affiliated with? How are their needs changing? This webinar will consider what the larger changes to the research process — from grant application to measuring research impact — may mean for strategic planning across the different stakeholder organizations operating in the information ecosystem.

Speakers include Brian Hitson, Director, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, Department of EnergyMichael F. Huerta, PhD,  Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Associate Director for Strategy, National Library of Medicine, NIH; Greg Raschke, Senior Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, NC State University Libraries; and Cynthia Hudson Vitale, Director, Scholars and Scholarship, Association of Research Libraries.

Event Sessions

Roundtable Discussion


Brian A. Hitson

Director, Office of Scientific and Technical Information
U.S. Department of Energy

Michael F. Huerta

Associate Director of the National Library of Medicine for Strategy and Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, NLM, NIH
National Library of Medicine, NIH

Greg Raschke

Senior Vice Provost and Director of Libraries
North Carolina State University

The discussion by participants touched on the following:

In the context of your specific environment, what are some of the current and emerging demands that researchers face? Are the priorities different from what they were 5-10 years ago? How has the management of workflows or outputs been affected?

How has an emphasis on international teams, on collaborative science and on interdisciplinary work affected management of the research process? How has this affected or changed the activity of research assessment and evaluation?  

What have these shifts meant for agencies, for research institutions in terms of extending support to researchers? What types of services are requested? Are there distinct differences in requirements for serving different disciplines? What are the challenges or barriers that you see emerging? 

What core infrastructure is needed? From an agency or institutional perspective, what are some of the key priorities in developing that infrastructure? What are the challenges of that need in managing research output? How many do we need? Who funds them? Who hosts and maintains such repositories?

Again in the context of international collaboration across the spectrum of disciplines, what protections might be needed in terms of cybersecurity, privacy, ensuring provenance, etc? How do we harmonize agreements to ensure equitable access?

Once you’ve got a suitable system/infrastructure in place, what are some of the more granular requirements? Are you seeing sufficient growth in adoption of ORCID IDs or other identifiers? Is there still an educational effort needed to prove the value?

What are the necessary metadata requirements? How flexible can those requirements be?

How would you characterize the emerging role of the academic, research or national library in supporting the scientific research process? Do we expect the library to be less about content resources and more about providing infrastructure and ancillary or associated services? What resources are needed to properly support such an amplified role? Can or will institutions of higher ed absorb the additional costs?

What can we hope to see over the course of the next three-five-ten years? What progress can we hope for? What incentives are needed at either the institutional or the agency level to encourage expanded activity and innovation?

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