Academica: Maryland’s iSchool
faculty network
Scott Abromowitz
Academica seeks to ease the process of identifying potential
doctorial/master’s advisors for prospective students
Also, ai...
Similar Products
VIVO is the most similar to the functionality of
Academica, as it strives to create an interface for
academic collaboratio...
Offers a basic bio, yet not automatically generated
and users can pick and chose what is visible.
The system is lacking in...
Limited to searching and seeing citation count and co-
investigators
Must create custom profiles on Google if desire for
m...
Visualization of data
Focus on funding  Visualization
This is difficult to find – Though I purpose a future
system that c...
The Home Screen
Search
box
Basic information
explaining the purpose of
Academica
In designing the home screen, I strive to create an
experience that is quick and to the point (no
distractions pointing us...
iSchool Faculty Page
Traditional – Alphabetical order
BIG pictures – for an easy representation of the
faculty member
List of interest
iSchool ...
iSchool Faculty Page
Faculty Bio Page
Word cloud –
automatically generated
based on relevant topics
in the professor’s
research (papers, articl...
Funding & Grants Page
Graphic depiction of
data
Publication Page
Help students better analyze potential advisor’s to see
his/her funding and if there is a research fit
A student may see t...
Please visit: http://abromo.com/blog
DEMO
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  1. 1. Academica: Maryland’s iSchool faculty network Scott Abromowitz
  2. 2. Academica seeks to ease the process of identifying potential doctorial/master’s advisors for prospective students Also, aids academics/researchers in collaborative research With a magnitude of information available online and no easy way to curtail relevant from irrelevant information related to professors Create easily digestible biographies that overcome usability issues of a professor’s website Many are outdated or poorly designed Focus on visualization - Quickly spot and see where funding is going and what resources the funding is achieved from What is Academica
  3. 3. Similar Products
  4. 4. VIVO is the most similar to the functionality of Academica, as it strives to create an interface for academic collaboration. Limited use – People must setup their own profile for optimal use (citations/bibliographic data) Difference: Does not focus on funding or citation count VIVO
  5. 5. Offers a basic bio, yet not automatically generated and users can pick and chose what is visible. The system is lacking in graphic visualization – only shows funding amounts as numbers and not visual (only textual) Mendeley
  6. 6. Limited to searching and seeing citation count and co- investigators Must create custom profiles on Google if desire for more personalization Microsoft automatically generates a profile – but lacks funding information Microsoft Academic Search & Google Scholar
  7. 7. Visualization of data Focus on funding  Visualization This is difficult to find – Though I purpose a future system that crawls websites for available data Not one-size fits all approach: It utilizes/incorporates numerous data sources Why Different?
  8. 8. The Home Screen Search box Basic information explaining the purpose of Academica
  9. 9. In designing the home screen, I strive to create an experience that is quick and to the point (no distractions pointing users to different services) The basic functionality are explained to the user as various points. I would desire a link that connects users to more information for better clarification in a future iteration. I chose to place trees in the back of the search button to create an artistic and personal feeling Friendly and Welcoming
  10. 10. iSchool Faculty Page
  11. 11. Traditional – Alphabetical order BIG pictures – for an easy representation of the faculty member List of interest iSchool Faculty Page
  12. 12. iSchool Faculty Page
  13. 13. Faculty Bio Page Word cloud – automatically generated based on relevant topics in the professor’s research (papers, articles, books, et.) Photograph generated from content services such as Microsoft Academic Search Citation – Generated from Microsoft Academic Search
  14. 14. Funding & Grants Page Graphic depiction of data
  15. 15. Publication Page
  16. 16. Help students better analyze potential advisor’s to see his/her funding and if there is a research fit A student may see the historical view of the professor, yet over time this perspective/research focus might change Data is automatically generated – No interaction by the professors (since little incentive to incorporate data) Focus, focus, focus on visualization – Better understand funding and where it comes from – try to see influence of such funding on professors or their research Why use Academica?
  17. 17. Please visit: http://abromo.com/blog DEMO
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