2024 Research Analytics Summit


March 11–12 at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico

West Arete is a Benefit Corporation that builds highly specialized enterprise software for higher education.

As a Gold Sponsor of the Research Analytics Summit, we are privileged to attend this year’s event and connect with colleagues in the fields of research and education and gain valuable insights from the exceptional sessions. We extend our sincere appreciation to the organizers, volunteers, speakers, hotel staff, and all those who contribute to making this event a memorable experience for all attendees.


Exploring Research Metadata Governance with Design Thinking

Tue, Mar 12, 2024, 11:15 AM (MST), Salon F (Alvarado Ballroom)

If you want great research analytics, you’re going to need great data governance for your research metadata. That’s a tall order when the best information often spans incompatible systems, departments, policies, and mindsets.

Research metadata governance is a great illustration of how research analytics is not just a technology problem. It happens at the intersection of technology, policy, process, and culture. Do any of us feel like our organization is “nailing” metadata governance? What level of research analytics could you achieve if there could be more alignment and cooperation around this kind of governance?

In this session, you will join your fellow attendees in a facilitated design thinking workshop around the culture and organizational patterns of research metadata governance. We will explore the problem space and the solution space together. And we’ll highlight the group’s best findings.

Whether you’re at the technical implementation level or the VP level, you will have seen and experienced good and bad patterns of how research metadata is being governed at your institution. These experiences are valuable to your fellow community members. Using design thinking, we will explore the collective intelligence on this complex topic, shoulder to shoulder.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of how the patterns and struggles of data governance at your institution correlate with those of others. You’ll gain new ideas on how to address the hard cultural and organizational problems of governance. And you’ll meet new colleagues who you can stay connected with.

Finally, you’ll gain an appreciation of how design thinking techniques themselves can be useful for these types of challenges at your own organization, and how they help to create understanding and alignment.


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During our stay in Albuquerque for the conference, we welcome the opportunity to connect with you. If you're interested in arranging a meeting, please don't hesitate to contact us beforehand. Alternatively, we would be pleased to meet you in person if our paths cross during the conference.

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