As part of the DEST-funded RAMP project, MELCOE is investigating the area of people-oriented workflows for research processes. This stream of work is researching and developing "RAMS" (the Research Activity Management System) to support "process-oriented" research requirements, such as:
- managing the research enterprise lifecycle (from grant planning to grant submission, to project initiation, to project lifecycle management, to research outcome dissemination),
- implementing auditable evaluation processes for assessing research quality (RQF assessor workflows, journal/conference peer review management, etc),
- designing and tracking article submission processes for Institutional Repositories,
- flexibly configuring and running online research collaboration processes (such as staged collaborative analysis and discussion for PhD/Postdocs around raw data, leading to interpretation, visualization, and ultimately publications), and
- process-oriented research data collection from human subjects (such as in the humanities, and social and cognitive sciences).
The common element of the above examples is people-based workflow, or "activityflow". Activityflow is defined as workflow involving two or more human actors, often acting concurrently (not just sequentially) over multiple steps, potentially in multiple roles, co-ordinated by a software system that allows for authoring, running and tracking (including auditing) of activityflows. As many researchers collaborate across institutional boundaries, activityflows must be capable of running in distributed (trans-organisational) contexts.
A key focus of RAMS is capturing E-Research activityflows so that they can be analysed, shared, re-used and adapted via shared repositories of activityflows.
Essential Use Cases & Features
Download RAMS Beta
You can build RAMS using these instructions
For further information, please contact Ernie Ghiglione RAMS Project Manager