CASRAI US ReConnect14

June 2nd, 2014 Washington D.C.


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.


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American Psychological Association, 750 First St, NE - Washington D.C., U.S.

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  • Andy Updegrove

    Andrew UpdegroveGesmer Updegrove

    Andrew Updegrove is a co-founder and partner of the Boston law firm of Gesmer Updegrove LLP.  Since 1988 he has served as legal counsel to over 135 standards development organizations and open source foundations, most of which he has helped structure and launch.  He has been retained by many of the largest technology companies in the world to assist them in forming such organizations.

    He has also written and spoken extensively on the topics of consortia, standard setting and open source software, has given testimony to the United States Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and Congressional and State legislative committees on the same topics, and has filed “friend of the court” briefs on a pro bono basis with the Federal Circuit Court, Supreme Court, and Federal Trade Commission in support of standards development in leading standards-related litigation.  In 2002, he launched, a website intended to be the most detailed and comprehensive resource on the Internet on the topics of consortia and standard setting, as well as Standards Today, an eJournal of news, ideas and analysis in the standard setting and open source areas with over 7,000 subscribers around the world.  In 2005, he launched the Standards Blog. serves over 10 million page views annually.

    He has been a member of the United States Standards Strategy revision committee, has served on a National Academy of Sciences committee on standards-related intellectual property rights policies commissioned by the US PTO, and has received the President’s Award for Journalism from American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  His current and past Board service includes the Boards of Directors of ANSI, the Linux Foundation and the Free Standards Group, and the Boards of Advisors of HL7 and Open Source for America.  He is a graduate of Yale University and the Cornell University Law School.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Karl Friedl

    Karl FriedlUCSF

    Karl E. Friedl, PhD, is a Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Neurology, University of California at San Francisco, with key interests in physiological modeling, wearable biosensors, and the metabolically optimized brain. In addition to a focus on applications of metabolism and neurobiology technologies, he studies management of research databases and data sharing, program assessment methods and metrics of research success, and strategies to accelerate research translation to practice. He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and a member of the Endocrine Society, American Society for Nutrition, and AMSUS – the Society of Federal Health Professionals. Previously, he served in the US Army as a research physiologist, retiring at the rank of Colonel after thirty years of service. His last assignment was Director, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) for the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in Frederick, MD (2006-2012). He received his Doctor of Philosophy (Integrative Physiology) from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in the University’s Institute of Environmental Stress in 1984. He has published 150 papers, book chapters, and other reviews and technical reports. As a research manager and director, he has facilitated research cooperation between government agencies including the DoD, VA, NIH, NASA, FDA, and USDA and organized and directed research initiatives such military women’s health, Gulf War illnesses, bone health, and Parkinson’s research programs. He directly managed over $3 billion in research funding. His awards and recognition include the Legion of Merit (2d Oak Leaf Cluster), Morris K. Udall Award for Parkinson’s Research Advocacy, Ronald and Nancy Reagan Alzheimer’s, and the Diabetes Technology Society Leadership Award.

  • Holly Falk-Krzesinski

    Holly Falk-KrzesinskiElsevier

    Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, is the Vice President for Global Academic & Research Relations for Elsevier where she is focused on how insight from data and analytics guide strategic planning for the research enterprise. She also stimulates partnerships with research institutions and federal funding agencies to advance new areas of research and technology and new innovations in digital research communication. Her engagement activities emphasize collaboration related to scholarly communication, research and faculty information management, research analytics, expertise discovery and interdisciplinary research, research impact, and early career researchers and women in science. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski also serves on the Business Steering Group and as a Board-alternate for ORCID. Prior to joining Elsevier, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski had been a faculty member in arts & sciences and medicine at Northwestern University where she led initiatives related to research development, grantsmanship, and team science. She facilitated a multitude of trans-institutional collaborative grant programs spanning art history to bioenergy to translational medicine, with a special interest on approaches to evaluating collaboration and interdisciplinary research. Through her leadership with the Annual International Science of Team Science Conference, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski has been instrumental in developing a strong community of practice for team science and interdisciplinary research. She launched the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) in 2008, serving as the organization's founding president and then chair of membership until 2013, and has developed a number of STEM related career development programs with a special emphasis on early career scientists and women such as The Chicago Collaboration for Women in STEM. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Chicago with a BS in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She has retained a faculty appointment at Northwestern University where she continues to teach grantsmanship courses in the Philanthropy and Nonprofit program.

  • Amy Brand

    Amy BrandDigital Science

    Amy Brand joined Digital Science in 2014 as VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America to manage the US office and develop commercial, policy, and research relationships with North American research institutions. From 2008 to 2013, Brand worked at Harvard University, first as Program Manager of the Office for Scholarly Communication and then as Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information. Before moving to Harvard, she held long-term positions as an Executive Editor at the MIT Press and as Director of Business and Product Development at CrossRef. Brand was a founding member of the ORCID Board of Directors and regularly serves in advisory roles for key community initiatives in digital scholarship. She holds a B.A. in linguistics from Barnard College and a PhD in cognitive science from MIT.

Additional speaker announcements coming soon...


Preliminary program (subject to change)

Time Description
9h30 Welcome and Introduction
9h45 Andy Updegrove Andrew Updegrove Keynote: The Role & Importance of Standards Setting Consortia in Collaborative Sectors
With the advent of the Internet and the Web, the importance of standards, and particularly information and communications technology standards, has become even more essential to collaborative activities. Where once such activities usually occurred, locally, face to face and slowly, today they often take place globally, rapidly, and in seamless real time. The majority of the interoperability and other standards that make this possible emerge not from traditional standards development organizations, but from hundreds of more nimble organizations, purpose-formed for particular tasks, and most often referred to as "consortia." In his address, Andy will explain how these organizations are formed, operate, interact and support the challenges they are created to address.
10h30 David Baker David Baker The CASRAI Consortia: A Framework for Research & Innovation Interoperability
11h30 Laurel Haak Laure Haak Enabling Interoperability with persistent identifiers for people, places, and research objects
12h00 Lunch
13h00 TBD Panel: Perspectives of the Research Institutions
13h45 Ashlea Higgs Karl Friedl Ashlea Higgs, Karl Friedl Panel: Perspectives of the Research Funders
14h30 Break
15h00 Holly Falk-Krzesinski Amy Brand Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Amy Brand, Albert Bokma, Jon Corson-Rikert Panel: Perspectives of the Research Solutions Providers
16h30 David Baker David Baker Wrap-Up, Discussions, Next Steps


American Psychological Association Hal Warren

American Institutes for Research Julia Lane

Food and Drug Administration Nichole Rosamilia Information Specialist

National Institutes of Health Willian Duval Special Assistant to the Deputy Director George Santangelo Director, Office of Portfolio Analysis Walter Schaffer Senior Advisor

National Science Foundation Grace Yuan Amy Friedlander Associate Program Director Staff Associate

ÜberResearch Steve Leicht Managing Director

United States Department of Agriculture Melanie Gardner Acting AD Information Products Div

United States Enviroment Protection Agency Laura Doyle Program Analyst

Medical University of SC Leslie Lenert Chief Research Information Officer Royce Sampson SCTR Chief Operations Officer

Twin Arch Technologies Greg Young President


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