ANN ARBOR – The Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) is a data repository housed in SRC’s Innovation, Knowledge, and Networks (INK) program. IRIS currently works with more than 30 major universities who share data and contribute funds to support infrastructure to enable research and reporting whose goal is to understand, explain and improve the public value of the academic research enterprise.
On October 15-16, IRIS hosted its fourth annual gathering of data providers and data users, the “Data Summit.” Participation in this annual event has increased four-fold since we began holding it in Ann Arbor. Attendees represent IRIS member institutions in roles ranging from executive officers to leaders of sponsored projects office, government relations and communications professionals, RDC directors, economic development leaders, and researchers working with IRIS annual data release. This year also included representatives from the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), the U.S. Census Bureau, and Bureau Van Djik, a corporate data provider to IRIS.
All told, the meeting had 60 attendees from 20 universities around the country. Over the day and a half we hosted sessions and discussions on the details of data submission, new reporting developed by IRIS, recent research findings, new opportunities for outreach and advocacy based on IRIS data and findings, and the implications of the new Federal Data Strategy for IRIS and the community it anchors. By all accounts the event was a great success and we look forward to expanding it next year to include fuller representation by researchers and users of IRIS data, reports, and findings.