The Research Information and Reporting SIG was formed to promote the dissemination and institutional collaboration for members working in this area and is defined by the common interest area of research information management, research performance indicators and reporting, and the systems that underpin these processes.

This SIG was originally established as the ‘Research Information Management Systems Special Interest Group’ following a session held at the 2013 ARMS Conference in Adelaide. The agreed scope of the SIG was defined around the common interest area of systems and the related processes and procedures. This was explained further as follows:

Most of the ARMS members’ systems share very similar needs and requirements in terms of data and information capture and management. As a result, many have implemented or are in the process of obtaining comparable software applications and systems to assist in the management of this information in a consistent way. The SIG will promote the dissemination and institutional collaboration for members with the aim of providing:

  • A forum for those professional staff within ARMS involved in research information management systems and information management to discuss new system features, technical developments, issues, innovations to reduce duplication;    
  • Enable partnering of institutions for knowledge transfer and assistance when institutions are installing/upgrading research information management systems:  
  • A mechanism for members to discuss the strategic usage of the information gathered and the reporting opportunities available;
  • Act as a conduit for issue identification across institutions with potential for multi-institutional requests for development to the relevant research information management organization;
  • Where appropriate, work with software and data providers on requirements and shared visions; and
  • Enable knowledge transfer, potential professional development opportunities and create a network of ARMS members with an interest in research information management systems.

RIR SIG Convening Committee Members

  • Adam Finch, CSIRO
  • Elizabeth Przywolnik, University of Notre Dame
  • Gary Long, Western Sydney University
  • Joseph Toltz, University of Sydney
  • Judy Alexander, University of Newcastle
  • Justin Shearer, University of Melbourne
  • Michelle Duryea, Edith Cowan University (Convenor)
  • Raimond Placidi, Federation University
  • Sian Wright, Monash University

The Convenor is Michelle Duryea from Edith Cowan University. To contact the Convenor, email

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