Using Automation to Reimagine Research Administration Workflows.
Oct 18 2023, 12-1pm EST.
Did you know that by doing something as simple as updating a database or pushing a virtual button you can automatically initiate emails, auto-generate Tweets, fetch additional data from other web applications, and launch an infinite number of other actions and reporting processes? In this case study, we look at how a database of bibliographic and citation metadata in the Faculty of Health Sciences is automated to save hundreds of hours of manual manipulation. Far from removing creativity from administrative workflows, automation tools like Zapier and Microsoft Power Automate present the opportunity for new and novel ways to imagine how institutional data, research, and knowledge can be shared, adapted, repurposed, and leveraged. If your current day-to-day tasks require manually copying data from one place to another, consider it an opportunity to apply automation creatively. Contextualized in the context of research administration, we will consider the value of investing in automation as an emerging core administrative skill set in project management, departmental workflows, and data management.
Presented by: James Shelley
I provide Knowledge Mobilization consultation, strategic planning, training, and a range of project-level deliverables from pre-award to end-of-grant dissemination across Western University's Faculty of Health Sciences' six Schools: Nursing, Kinesiology, Health Studies, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. I am especially interested in the ways that data automation, system design, and storytelling intersect and augment knowledge mobilization.