How do you make your research and experts findable to others? If you need a place to pull together people from different departments that work at your center, you can create a profile page for your center that identifies people and publications from your center. We can help you make your publications, datasets, and research groups publicly findable and accessible with tools like the University Digital Conservancy (UDC) and Digital Repository (DRUM) and Experts@Minnesota.

Examples on this page


Add a list of publications to a website with the Experts Website Widget

Most center, department, and faculty web pages include a list of publications. Experts@Minnesota pages list publications for any University of Minnesota person or organization, you may want to provide context and customize your own site in ways not possible with Experts@Minnesota pages.

That was the case with College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) staff members when they designed a site to tell the public about wild rice research happening at the University.

CFANS staff worked with librarians to identify and add wild rice publications to Experts@Minnesota, where users link to other work by the researchers and the University. Then they added the Experts Website Widget to the Publications page on their new Drupal-based site.

The JavaScript widget only requires the designer to use the ID for the person or organization, and choose the desired citation style. When someone views the page, the Widget populates the list of publications automatically, so it's always as up to date as the Experts site.

Since it's JavaScript, the Widget can be added to virtually any UMN-hosted website.

Contact us for a lightweight way to add a list of publications to your website.


Highlight your facility's contributions to research

The University Imaging Centers (UIC) is both an external and internal service organization. UIC's Operations Manager works to promote UIC’s three facilities and their equipment and services both within the University community and to outside clients. Tracking the impact of UIC through resulting publications is part of that promotion.

Authors agree to acknowledge UIC in any resulting publications when using UIC facilities.

The operations manager reviews publications newly added to Experts@Minnesota for that acknowledgement text, and indicates that acknowledgement on the publication’s Experts@Minnesota record.

Rather than maintaining a list of publications on its own site, UIC links to its Experts@Minnesota page. The public page features citation counts and alternative metrics for each publication as well as (when allowed by license) links to access the full text of the publication.

Contact us to show off your facility's contribution to research.


Show how your equipment is used

Equipment purchased for an awarded grant or through the Infrastructure Investment Initiative (3I) can facilitate cross-discipline collaborations, reduce internal costs, and generate revenue from external sources. The X-Ray Computed Tomography Lab, housed in Earth Science and funded in part by a 3I award in 2011, creates 3D images of physical samples used in fields from geology to composite materials. X-Ray Lab's manager actively promotes the lab through small Google AdSense investments and other outreach.

The X-Lab manager added an Equipment record (and public page) to Experts@Minnesota for the Lab’s scanner and worked with Libraries staff to associate publications that made use of the Lab with the scanner record. The Earth Science liaison librarian designed a search strategy that will ease the process of identifying publications that acknowledge the Lab and linking them to the scanner record. The linked publications provide evidence for the impact of the investment and also illustrate to potential clients what kinds of research can be conducted using the Lab’s facility.

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Advertise a group of experts when you know who they are

The director of the Educational Equity Resource Center knew many people at the University of Minnesota who were "working to close gaps and improve educational outcomes" and needed a low-maintenance way for people interested in educational equity to find out about and connect with those researchers.

Working from a list provided by the director, Libraries staff contacted the individuals and got their permission to add specific research interests and keywords to their Experts@Minnesota profiles. EERC staff then added a z-link that resolves to a search result for the keywords "achievement gap." In this way, individuals can edit their own Experts@Minnesota profiles to add or remove themselves from the list of experts, and are not tasked with keeping yet another profile up to date.

Contact us to group researchers together when they aren't affiliated with a particular department or organization.


Incorporate your center's affiliates for a more complete picture of the center's people and their work

When the Communication Specialist at the Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health (ITR) looked at the Institute's Experts@Minnesota page for the first time, he knew something was missing. Although the page listed the core faculty--those with an appointment in the institute--the affiliated faculty were missing. With training from Libraries staff, he added those faculty members whose "home" departments are elsewhere but are actively engaged with the Institute.

Since such relationships are not in PeopleSoft, responsibility for maintaining an accurate list falls to the center or institute. But in exchange the organization gains a richer web presence and expanded options for keeping track of and reporting on related research.

 

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