RIMS Module Workshop Week Date: 22 - 26 August 2011 Time: 09h00 - 16h00 each day Location: Durban University of Technology
Day One: Human Studies / Lab Animals
Day two: Technology Transfer
Day three: Grants and Contract (PD & PT)
Day four: Research Outputs
Day five: Research Output (cont:)
The objectives of the South African Research and Information Management Programme (RIMS)are twofold. Firstly to provide a common application platform for publicly funded research institutions to support their research administration processes. This is currently facilitated by an application supplied by InfoEd Inc. Secondly the programme establishes a common platform for the DST to distill data from the publicly funded institutions that will inform strategic research related decision making. This initiative was launched by the Minister of Science and Technology (S&T) launched an integrated Research Information Management System (RIMS) on the 26th February 2008, and currently 23 Universities and 9 Science Councils are committed to support this initiative.
The DST is interested primarily in the research data whether it be derived from the InfoEd system or any similar legacy systems at the institutions. It should be pointed out that it is not mandatory for an institution to use the InfoEd system to capture the data, but rather that the institution supply the data from whatever system they might choose. Institutional data that is regarded as confidential may be supplied as data marked confidential, which will be summarised such that the nature of the data is not prejudiced.