Connecting biomedical research institutions to enable national networking of experts The Distributed Interoperable Researc...
Status of national networking <ul><li>National repositories of expertise created solely from public data exist (e.g. Biome...
CTSA Research Networking Working Group goals <ul><li>Build a pilot network that has the maximum likelihood of including al...
What we did <ul><li>Created a pilot network currently with 13 institutions hosting 5 different products:  Launched in Janu...
Search through a central website
Search through a central website
Or, through an institutions site
Or, through an institutions site
U. Iowa Researcher’s View of Network
Clicking an aggregate count takes you to the local institutional view
January 2011 - Pilot Sites Any institution with a Research Networking tool is welcome to join. The pilot is not limited to...
Next steps/Challenges <ul><li>Next steps:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access more data, and make searches more useful. </li></u...
What We’re Doing <ul><li>Preparing a proposal for the Booz Allen mechanism </li></ul><ul><li>Planning on the pilot’s next ...
Vision for the Future <ul><li>What can we do that is  exciting ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discover cross-institutional connec...
Vision for the Future <ul><li>What are the  concerns ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Competitive intelligence (comparing people/in...
How can I participate? <ul><li>Be a source institution – provide a web service that allows your people to be discovered </...
Contact us… <ul><li>Qasim Zaidi ( [email_address] ) </li></ul><ul><li>Mini Kahlon ( [email_address] ) </li></ul><ul><li>Gr...
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A National Network of Biomedical Research Expertise

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Overview of status on a Clinical & Translational Science Award Consortium project co-lead by UCSF and Harvard to link biomedical experts across the country.

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A National Network of Biomedical Research Expertise

  1. 1. Connecting biomedical research institutions to enable national networking of experts The Distributed Interoperable Research Experts Collaboration Tool (DIRECT) - A national pilot Mini Kahlon (UCSF) & Griffin Weber (Harvard) Co-Chairs, Research Networking Working Group
  2. 2. Status of national networking <ul><li>National repositories of expertise created solely from public data exist (e.g. Biomedexperts from Elsevier). These don’t include validated data from institutions . </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller networks of research expertise that draw on public and institutional data exist (e.g. Collexis Community, soon VIVO), but currently only connect institutions with the same product . </li></ul><ul><li>More generic (if powerful) search tools like Google don’t provide specificity in search results, a complete profile, or more complex applications like analysis & visualization . </li></ul>
  3. 3. CTSA Research Networking Working Group goals <ul><li>Build a pilot network that has the maximum likelihood of including all institutions, by linking institutions deploying different local tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a platform to assess the potential of research networking at scale. </li></ul><ul><li>Launch a network that reveals the benefits of research networking to incentivize institutions to invest in research networking tools . </li></ul>
  4. 4. What we did <ul><li>Created a pilot network currently with 13 institutions hosting 5 different products: Launched in January 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share data about people across institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate interoperability among different software platforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go beyond CTSA to other institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build excitement and trust among institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start simple by sharing only aggregate counts. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Search through a central website
  6. 6. Search through a central website
  7. 7. Or, through an institutions site
  8. 8. Or, through an institutions site
  9. 9. U. Iowa Researcher’s View of Network
  10. 10. Clicking an aggregate count takes you to the local institutional view
  11. 11. January 2011 - Pilot Sites Any institution with a Research Networking tool is welcome to join. The pilot is not limited to CTSAs. Institution Software Harvard, UCSF Profiles U Florida, Weill Cornell, Wash U, Ponce, Scripps, Cornell U VIVO Indiana CTSI Hub Stanford CAP U Iowa Loki U Michigan + (others, soon) SciVal Experts (Collexis) U Minn , MUSC (soon) + others Profiles/Recombinant U Pittsburgh – soon Digital Vita
  12. 12. Next steps/Challenges <ul><li>Next steps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access more data, and make searches more useful. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get Funds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Although we’ve built a central site, that’s not sustainable with our grassroots approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Next steps are more complex and needs funds (project mgt, funds to support convenings, some programming and assessment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding mechanisms as currently designed aren’t a good match </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. What We’re Doing <ul><li>Preparing a proposal for the Booz Allen mechanism </li></ul><ul><li>Planning on the pilot’s next phase. </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring ways to access CTSA expertise to guide decisions on what of many directions to take on search and user interface. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Vision for the Future <ul><li>What can we do that is exciting ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discover cross-institutional connections among people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand beyond people to other types of data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include user contributed content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create metrics of impact beyond publications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perform analytics (SNA, bibliometrics) across institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect academic faculty with industry/community partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access expertise/resources not available at home institution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go beyond biomedicine to other disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable applications that require large amounts of data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… etc. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Vision for the Future <ul><li>What are the concerns ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Competitive intelligence (comparing people/institutions) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reducing data friction (providing easy access to data that is public but currently difficult to obtain) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orphaned investigators (people who want to participate but are at an institution without research networking software) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data currency (past publications don’t reflect current interests) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy/policy/security (if anyone is allowed to query the data) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local implementation is difficult (cost, technical, political) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Semantics is difficult (as we go beyond simple counts) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will people use it? Will it improve science? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… etc. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. How can I participate? <ul><li>Be a source institution – provide a web service that allows your people to be discovered </li></ul><ul><li>Implement a query interface to the network </li></ul><ul><li>Be a user of the network – anyone can search </li></ul><ul><li>Join the discussions without committing to join the pilot network </li></ul>
  17. 17. Contact us… <ul><li>Qasim Zaidi ( [email_address] ) </li></ul><ul><li>Mini Kahlon ( [email_address] ) </li></ul><ul><li>Griffin Weber ( [email_address] ) </li></ul><ul><li>Or any of the pilot participants: </li></ul>Griffin Weber (Harvard), Bill Barnett (Indiana U), Mike Conlon (U Florida), David Eichmann (U Iowa), Peter Emerson (Recombinant), Holly Falk-Krzesinski (Northwestern), Melissa W Garrett (U Illinois Chicago), Michael Halaas (Stanford), Denise M. Hynes (U Illinois Chicago), Layne Johnson (U Minnesota), Eric Meeks (UCSF), Donald Mitchell (Stanford), Titus Schleyer (U Pittsburgh), Sarah Stallings (UC Denver), Michael Warden (Elsevier/Collexis), Mini Kahlon (UCSF), etc…

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