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Using the Illinois Research Connections Portal for
Collaboration & Discovery
Rebecca Bryant, PhD rabryant@illinois.edu
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Where do you go to find information
about Illinois expertise?
• Campus web site?
• Departmental web site?
• Individual web...
Project goals
• Goal 1 of the University of Illinois Strategic Plan
proposes the development of a faculty profile-
sharing...
A few use cases
• Faculty, researchers, & staff
– Identify a potential collaborator with niche expertise—on- or off-
campu...
Project highlights
• Collaborative OVCR/Library initiative
• Comprehensive
– Up to 2,500 faculty & researcher profiles
– I...
IRC BETA
• Launched December 2015
• Initially includes 1,800 researchers
– Tenure-line faculty from STEM & SS disciplines
...
Challenges & Opportunities
• Scopus index is comprehensive, but it has some subject
area weaknesses, particularly in HSS
•...
Can Users and Units Manage Profile
Content?
• Users may:
– Add/import publications
– Change display name
– Add profile enh...
Longer-term Opportunities
• Expanding coverage
– Added 3,500 monographs & book chapters from OCLC
WorldCat to enhance huma...
DEMO
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IRC overview

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An overview of the Illinois Research Connections information system at the University of Illinois. This slide deck may be used for local presentations to departments and colleges.

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IRC overview

  1. 1. Using the Illinois Research Connections Portal for Collaboration & Discovery Rebecca Bryant, PhD rabryant@illinois.edu https://experts.illinois.edu
  2. 2. Where do you go to find information about Illinois expertise? • Campus web site? • Departmental web site? • Individual web site? • Google Scholar? • How do you find information across the Illinois campus? 2
  3. 3. Project goals • Goal 1 of the University of Illinois Strategic Plan proposes the development of a faculty profile- sharing database in order to promote scholarship, discovery & innovation. • This system will: – Connect researchers with potential collaborators – Showcase Illinois research to external stakeholders – Automate publication data collection from reliable source(s) – This project is NOT intended to support activity reporting and assessment 3
  4. 4. A few use cases • Faculty, researchers, & staff – Identify a potential collaborator with niche expertise—on- or off- campus – Identify potential reviewers with needed expertise—for grant, fellowship, P&T, and much more • Grad students/postdocs/undergrads: – Identify advisors, mentors, and committee members • External – Media outlets looking for experts to interview on current events topics – General public, BOT, legislators, & potential corporate partners: view the breadth, depth, and significant of campus research in one central place.
  5. 5. Project highlights • Collaborative OVCR/Library initiative • Comprehensive – Up to 2,500 faculty & researcher profiles – Inclusion of all HR appointments for each included researcher • Interdisciplinary – Will include all disciplines, academic colleges and departments at Illinois – It will also include research-oriented centers and institutes • Project oversight from faculty governance committee 5
  6. 6. IRC BETA • Launched December 2015 • Initially includes 1,800 researchers – Tenure-line faculty from STEM & SS disciplines – Researchers in OVCR institutes • Includes Scopus-identified publications only – Pre-populates profiles with publication information in Scopus publications index – Automatic weekly updates from Scopus data – Automatic creation of FingerprintTM concepts • Arts & humanities profiles not yet visible 6
  7. 7. Challenges & Opportunities • Scopus index is comprehensive, but it has some subject area weaknesses, particularly in HSS • University Library is working to scrape OCLC WorldCat publications data to capture monographs & book chapters • Phased roll-out • Currently: AY2016 TT faculty only—no clinical faculty and only OVCR AP’s • No arts & humanities faculty with publicly available profiles • Difficult to capture NTT researchers • Users, proxies, & unit-assigned administrators can edit & enhance profiles • Online resources/FAQs for users http://go.illinois.edu/IRC • Future training sessions for unit administrators & librarians 7
  8. 8. Can Users and Units Manage Profile Content? • Users may: – Add/import publications – Change display name – Add profile enhancements like a photo or other CV information – Add additional info to support better publications capture: ORCID iD, alternate names, Scopus ID & ResearcherID, etc. – Delegate a proxy to edit their profile for them – Instructions at http://go.illinois.edu/irc • Units may: – Unit XOs can assign one or more unit administrators to maintain publications information within their unit(s) – Online resources available at http://go.illinois.edu/irc – In-person workshop and video training in development 8
  9. 9. Longer-term Opportunities • Expanding coverage – Added 3,500 monographs & book chapters from OCLC WorldCat to enhance humanities/social science coverage – Campus information: grants, patents – Unit/individual enhancement of records – Improve author disambiguation through integration with ORCID • Interoperability – How can other campus systems ingest this automatically-updated information? 9
  10. 10. DEMO
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  12. 12. Using the Illinois Research Connections Portal for Collaboration & Discovery Rebecca Bryant, PhD rabryant@illinois.edu https://experts.illinois.edu

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