The University of Minnesota’s Research Networking and Expertise System FAQ
Experts@Minnesota creates Web-accessible profiles of University faculty and staff based upon their collegiate and departmental affiliations and their publications. The University provides public data on faculty (names, contact information, department and college affiliations, and grant award information) to form the basis for these profiles. This public data is matched with publication data harvested from Scopus. Experts@Minnesota allows anyone to browse or search for a researcher’s distinctive expertise, based on publication history. This will increase the capacity to identify collaborators and make connections between scholars within and external to the University of Minnesota.
Experts@Minnesota is currently available at: http://experts.umn.edu.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can use Experts@Minnesota?
You can find Experts@Minnesota at http://experts.umn.edu. Anyone with an Internet connection can use this site to find experts or potential collaborators affiliated with the University.
Who is profiled?
Profiles have been created for over 5,400 UMN-Twin Cities faculty, clinical faculty, research associates, research fellows, research directors, postdocs, and librarians. The site primarily contains profiles for those people whose primary position categorization on campus is that of "faculty" (which excludes teaching specialists, lecturers, and grad students in teaching roles). Visiting faculty and faculty affiliated with the coordinate campuses are not included at this time. A full list of profiled job codes is available here: http://www.lib.umn.edu/about/experts/jobcodes
Who is the software vendor of Experts@Minnesota?
This tool is built in the Pure platform (a tool for collaboration and scholarly networking) and uses citations from Scopus (a publication database). These are Elsevier products to which the University subscribes.
What information is presented?
Each individual’s publicly accessible profile includes:
- Institutional Content (similar to the public directory): Name, Titles, Contact Info, Department and College affiliations).
- Citations (pulled automatically from Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and web sources, containing 45 million citations)
- Researcher networks (i.e., co-authors, institutions of co-authors, etc.)
- Graphical displays: visualizations of research trends and connections between scholars and their collaborators
- Grant award data: This information is provided by the University of Minnesota directly from the Sponsored Projects Administration office. Note that only grants that were active as of July 2008 (when the University changed to a new financial system) are included.
How often is information updated?
UMN supplied data will be updated quarterly. Linked publication data will be updated bi-weekly.
Why do some faculty have very few publications listed in their profile?
The publications that are listed on a faculty member’s profile are exclusively matched from the Scopus citation database. Though the Scopus index is extremely large, it is not comprehensive for all disciplines; Scopus is stronger in the Sciences than in the Arts and Humanities. Additionally, Scopus focuses primarily on scholarly journal publications and does not include records for materials such as lectures, performances, designs and drawing, blueprints, computer software, musical compositions, artistic works, etc., which are important venues for dissemination of our faculty’s research and creative activities. Profile holders are able to add publications manually or from citation managers using the Importer Module. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Can someone else manage my account?
Individual colleges or departments can have a proxy user enter additional citations for their profiled faculty. To get access to the proxy account, please write to email@example.com
Can I add information to my profile?
Yes. Currently, you can add a statement of research interests, research keywords, and a link to your full curriculum vitae or your faculty web page. Please watch this short video to learn how to update your profile:
You can also add publication/activity information for journal articles, book chapters, books, and artistic performances/exhibits. See the video on how to do that here:*If not displaying, please refresh your browser.
How can I update or edit my profile?
There are different avenues to editing or updating your profile depending upon the source of the information. See below and note that changes are not instantaneous. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance implementing changes.
To remove a publication from a profile, or have a Scopus-indexed publication added to a profile:
Either click on the “Help Us Refine Your Profile” link from within Experts@Minnesota, or write to email@example.com.
You can remove either individual fingerprint terms or entire blocks of terms, depending on your preference. To learn how to do so, please watch this short video:
*If not displaying, please refresh your browser. To change your preferred name, or contact information:
Go the University of Minnesota’s Human Resources Self-Service Action page: http://hrss.umn.edu/
Click on “Personal Information Update” to change the following fields:
- Preferred first name
- Preferred last name
- Preferred middle initial
- Preferred suffix
- Highest education level
To change your department or college affiliation:
You will need to contact your department or college human resources officer. If you are unsure who to contact, the central Office of Human Resources can direct you to the appropriate person:
Can I opt out of appearing in Experts@Minnesota?
Yes. To remove your profile entirely, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also have your profile set as "private," meaning that it is not publicly displayed, but you are still able to manage your publications and have access to some Experts@Minnesota functionality. To learn more about this option, please contact email@example.com.
Who should I contact with concerns about the project or the tool?
All inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The project is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research (Brian Herman, VPR) and implemented by the University Libraries (Wendy Lougee, University Librarian). Eleven colleges are contributing financially to the pilot (CBS, CEHD, CFANS, CLA, CSE as well as the 6 colleges/schools within the AHC).
Will there be educational briefings?
The University Libraries can bring informational sessions on these new tools to your college or department. Please contact the Experts@Minnesota staff at email@example.com, to make arrangements.
Where can I learn more about these tools?
Product information and source coverage for:
- Scopus can be found here: http://www.info.sciverse.com/scopus
- Pure can be found here: http://www.elsevier.com/solutions/pure
Experts@Minnesota is currently available at: http://www.experts.umn.edu.