CASRAI Europe ReConnect14

Data-centric Management of Research & Innovation

May 16th, 2014 Rome, Italy


The modern research enterprise is a complex and decentralized ecosystem. Yet, increasingly institutional managers want robust data on the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations and evidence of the difference their interventions make. Researchers seek means to adhere to requirements without undue administrative burden. Information and data are fundamental to research management, yet currently available information can rarely be compared, exchanged (in a comparable format), reused or analysed. Research teams and administrative personnel, for example, must re-type the same information repeatedly when applying for funding or reporting. Research funders, policymakers, managers and evaluators are consistently frustrated by an inability to draw meaningful conclusions from a growing mountain of 'disconnected' data.

CASRAI ReConnect conferences are fast becoming the preeminent annual event for data-centric research management. They are an opportunity for research management experts to share, network and learn with others who are tackling the same issues. We hope you will join us.


Rome, Italy

National Research Council (CNR), Piazzale Aldo Moro, 7 - 00185 - Rome, Italy
In Collocation with the 12th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems (CRIS 2014)

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  • John Wood

    John WoodResearch Data Alliance (RDA)

    Professor John Wood is one of Europe's leading experts on Big Data and a champion of Europe's drive to stay competitive in a new digital era. He is co-chair of the new Research Data Alliance (RDA), an international body launched in March to unlock the innovation potential of research data. The Alliance is working to develop new infrastructures, standards and tools that make it easier to share research results and collaborate globally and across different disciplines.

  • David Baker

    David BakerCASRAI

    David Baker is co-founder and Executive Director of CASRAI (Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information). He has over twenty years of experience in research administration and management. He came to the research domain via a tortured path that included directing television commercials, writing screenplays, managing a health research charity and administering databases. His research administration roles have included the design and implementation of grants management databases and software systems as well as the provision of senior advisory services to national and regional governments and foundation funding organizations. He has a strong commitment to, and involvement in, international not-for-profit initiatives on research data standards and systems-interoperability. He is based in Ottawa, Canada.

  • João Moreira

    João MoreiraFCCN

    João Mendes Moreira is the PT-CRIS (Portuguese Current Research Information System Manager) Program Coordinator and he works at FCT-FCCN (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology). He has over 15 years of experience managing infra-structures and advanced services areas aimed for the National Research and Education community. We has head of FCT-FCCN’s IT and information systems services and in 2004, he started to work in the information and documentation field having actively participated in one of the most relevant Portuguese projects on this area – The Online Library of Knowledge (b-on) – for which he became project manager for. Since 2008, together with Minho University, he manages the Portuguese Open Access Initiative - RCAAP (Portuguese Open Access Scientific Repository). In mid-2013 he started to work in the interesting world of CRISs. He is based in Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Dr Simon Waddington

    Dr Simon WaddingtonKing’s College London

    Dr Simon Waddington is based at the Centre for e-Research, King’s College London. He is a mathematician by training, with over twenty years’ experience in research and development spanning the higher education, mobile communications and digital broadcasting sectors. Recent activities have focused on digital preservation and research information management. He is currently co-investigator of the EC FP7 PERICLES integrated project, and PI of the Jisc-funded UK Research Information Shared Service (UKRISS) project, that has investigated harmonisation of research information reporting in the UK.

  • John Donovan

    John DonovanDublin Institute of Technology

    John Donovan, Chairman of EARMA and Head of Research at Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland, is a PhD in molecular genetics from the National University of Ireland. In 1986 he worked at the Institute of Biochemistry in the University of Frankfurt and after 3 years moved to the University of Leeds. Returning to Ireland in 1992, he took up a position as Senior Scientist with St. Luke’s Institute of Cancer Research. In 1994 he moved to a position as Executive Secretary of the Irish Research Scientists’ Association and was responsible for many of the briefing and policy documents prepared by the Association that ultimately led to the establishment of Science Foundation Ireland and The Programme for Research in Third level Institutions with a combined budget of some €13b. Having left the bench, John moved into research and Innovation management and, for the present, is Head of Research at Dublin Institute of Technology. John has served on the board of EARMA. His current Interest is what makes research sustainable in new, small universities. John has been a radio journalist, co-produced and presented Ireland’s longest running science radio show and The Millennium Thomas Davis Lecture Series on Irish public radio broadcaster, RTÉ. John has also done time as an itinerant PhD examiner in various places in Ireland and Europe. To relax, John and his Scouts walk in the hills and build snow-bivvys!

  • Laurel Haak

    Laurel HaakORCID

    Laurel L. Haak (Laure), PhD, is the Executive Director of ORCID, a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to connecting research and researchers by providing a registry of unique and persistent personal identifiers. Dr. Haak earned a BS and MS in Biology at Stanford University, completed her PhD in neuroscience at Stanford University Medical School, and conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health. Following postdoctoral work, she served as editor of Science Magazine’s NextWave Postdoc Network. Dr. Haak was a program officer for the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy at the National Academies, where she directed workforce policy studies on international students, interdisciplinary research, women faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and innovation policy. She also served as Chief Science Officer at Discovery Logic, a Thomson Reuters business, where she provided research policy expertise and managed development of research evaluation systems.

  • Ed Simons

    Ed SimonseuroCRIS

    Ed Simons is the current president of euroCRIS. He has a Ph.D. in Social Sciences and is the International IT Program Manager at Radboud University. Ed is the Project leader of OPUS-College, an open source Student Information System and the initiator and former project leader of METIS, a Dutch national CRIS.

  • Thorsten Hoellrigl

    Thorsten HoellriglThomson Reuters

    Dr. Thorsten Hoellrigl, PhD., studied Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe. Before finalizing his doctoral thesis in 2010, he worked as research assistant for the Institute of Telematics at the University of Karlsruhe. In part of his work Dr. Hoellrigl organized and conducted IT seminars in different areas e.g. of identity and IT security management. In addition Dr. Hoellrigl was as a leading project member of an identity management project at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in which a KIT-wide identity management system was successfully designed, implemented and launched. Dr. Hoellrigl joined AVEDAS in 2011 as IT Consultant, being responsible for projects, which include the implementation of Research Management Systems. Dr. Hoellrigl is leading staff for all standardisation efforts and is author of several journal and conference articles. Since December 2013 Dr. Hoellrigl is Head of Product Development – CRIS – at Thomson Reuters and responsible for the development of CONVERIS as well as the CRIS development team. Dr. Hoellrigl is a member of the Association for Informatics, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), as well as a key member in euroCRIS and CASRAI driving the standards of CERIF and CASRAI forward. Dr. Hoellrigl is currently Deputy Task Group Leader of the CERIF TG.

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel

    Prof. Dr. Stefan HornbosteliFQ

    Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel studied Social Sciences at the University of Göttingen. He did his PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin. After his studies, he worked at the Universities of Kassel, Cologne, Jena and Dortmund, as well as at the Center of Higher Education Developement (CHE – Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung). Stefan Hornbostel is Professor at the Department of Social Sciences (Science Studies) at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

  • Dr. Wolfram Schüßler

    Dr. Wolfram Friedrich Schüßler AVEDAS

    Dr. Wolfram Friedrich Schüßler, PhD., studied Physics at the University of Heidelberg. While he was working and finalizing his doctoral thesis in 1996, he worked as a research assistant for the Institute of Environmental Physics at the University of Heidelberg. From 1996 to 2002 he worked as post-doc and vice division manager in the field of nuclear waste disposal. In 2003 Dr. Schüßler started working as science and research manager in several positions. From 2007 to 2011 he managed the merger of the University Karlsruhe and the Research Center Karlsruhe. Dr. Schüßler joined AVEDAS in 2012 as Director, being responsible for strategy, human resources, key account management, sales and marketing. In 2014 he became CCO Germany. Since December 2013 Dr. Schüßler is working as Director of Customer Operations CRIS for Thomson Reuters. He is author of several journal and conference papers.

  • Ashlea Higgs

    Ashlea HiggsÜberResearch

    Ashlea Higgs is one of the founders and Managing Directors of ÜberResearch. ÜberResearch (a Digital Science portfolio company) focuses on data-driven decision-making support for research funders, supporting review, portfolio analysis and comparison, classification, coding, and reporting based on a global grants database. Ashlea has had the privilege of serving thousands of organizations, from the smallest non-profits to the largest government institutions. Prior to co-founding ÜberResearch, Ashlea was with Elsevier and was most recently Head of Government Products for SciVal, building information solutions for funding and research management clients globally. Prior to joining SciVal and Elsevier, Ashlea was with INPUT (now Deltek) helping government agencies spend more wisely and helping corporations pursue teaming relationships. Ashlea studied finance and economics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his family next to Washington, D.C.

  • Kevin Dolby

    Kevin DolbyWellcome Trust

    Kevin Dolby is a member of the Evaluation Team in the Strategic Planning & Policy Unit of the Wellcome Trust. He currently leads on the bibliometric analyses of the published outputs of Wellcome trust-funded activities and is working to develop new methodologies and approaches to tracking the impacts of researchers. Kevin has a background in both mathematics and library science.

  • Catherine Grout

    Catherine GroutJisc

    Catherine Grout is Head of Change e-Research for Jisc. This involves designing and developing innovative products and solutions in the areas of Research Information Management and Research Data Management to benefit researchers, institutions and research funders. I am a Project and Programme Director and manager with over twenty years experience in digital data, content, digital libraries and technology and have been responsible for development of strategy and successful delivery of a number of programmes within higher and further education and the broader public sector. This has been achieved developing successful multi-agency partnerships such as the Strategic Content Alliance. Previous roles for Jisc have been as Programme Director for Jisc’s digital content investments and prior to that as a specialist in digital infrastructure and the digital arts and humanities.

  • Karmela Krleža-Jerić

    Karmela Krleža-JerićUniversity of Ottawa

    Dr. Krleza-Jeric is a strong advocate of transparency of health research, especially of open access to clinical trial data and she promotes the development of ethical and other related standards to support these goals. Karmela is the one of co-founders of the Ottawa Group on Trial Registration and its IMProving Access to Clinical Trial data- IMPACT- initiative and related studies. She is Regional Editor of the Croatian Medical Journal, CMJ, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa. From 2001 to 2012 she worked on clinical research and its transparency at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, CIHR. During that period she also participated in the creation of the International standards for trial registration as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Scientific Advisory Group SAG. Dr. Krleza-Jeric is public health specialist with a medical degree from the University of Sarajevo, and Masters and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Zagreb. She is based in Montreal, Canada.

Additional speaker announcements coming soon...


Preliminary program (subject to change)

Time Description
8h00 Welcome and opening remarks from conference Chair
8h15 John Wood John Wood Keynote: The Future of Research
9h00 David Baker David Baker The CASRAI Network: A Framework for Research & Innovation Interoperability
9h30 João Moreira Dr Simon Waddington João Moreira, Simon Waddington Research Information Systems: A Global Perspective
10h30 Networking Break
11h00 John Donovan Laure Haak John Donovan, Brigitte Joerg, Laure Haak Panel: Reusing Application and CV Data in EC proposals
11h45 Ed Simons Thorsten Hoellrigl David Baker Ed Simons, Thorsten Hoellrigl, David Baker Panel: CASRAI inside CERIF - a Turnkey Approach
12h30 Lunch
13h30 Stefan Hornbostel Wolfram Schüßler Stefan Hornbostel, Wolfram Schüßler Panel: German Perspective: Core Dataset Program
14h15 Ashlea Higgs Kevin Dolby Ashlea Higgs, Kevin Dolby The Data Centric Funding Agency
15h15 Networking Break
15h30 Mike Conlon The Future is Now - Connecting Researchers Through Semantic Web
16h00 Catherine Grout Catherine Grout, Ben Ryan CASRAI-UK - A Jisc pilot project
16h30 Karmela Krleza-Jeric Karmela Krleza-Jeric Opening Clinical Trial Data: Broader Societal Viewpoint
17h00 David Baker David Baker Conference wrap-up: Major themes and next steps



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