About Researchers@Brown

Researchers@Brown brings together, in one site, publicly available information on the people, departments, and activities that collectively make up research and scholarship in all disciplines at Brown. Researchers@Brown is an implementation of VIVO, an open-source, linked open data, research networking tool developed at Cornell University and currently in use at a growing number of institutions worldwide.

All information in the initial release of Researchers@Brown comes from institutional sources (Workday, FIS, Banner) and from faculty profiles in the Directory of Research and Researchers at Brown (DRR-B). As the infrastructure of the DRR-B is outdated and no longer sustainable, Researchers@Brown provides a more functional and sustainable environment than the DRR-B.

An external interface for managing Researchers@Brown profiles has been built to avoid the inflexibilities and difficulties of use found in the native VIVO editor.

DRR-B profiles have been automatically redirected to the new Researchers@Brown profiles.

» Who is included?

» What content is included?

» What content is not included?

» Roadmap for Future Development

» What help is available?


Who is included in Researchers@Brown?

Faculty affairs offices in the Dean of the Faculty, the Division of Biology and Medicine, and the School of Public Health have created a set of simple rules for inclusion in Researchers@Brown. While the rules will determine the automated creation of profiles, any Brown faculty member can request a Researchers@Brown profile by contacting the appropriate faculty affairs office:

Automatically included in Researchers@Brown:

Automatically excluded from Researchers@Brown initial launch (but can request a profile):

What content is included in Researchers@Brown?

Faculty profiles include the data below. For details about editing your profile see the Researchers@Brown User's Guide PDF.

Data Data Source Editable?
Name (Preferred name) Workday via FIS yes, in Workday -->Personal Data -->Preferred Name
Title, Position, Degrees, Dept FIS no, contact Faculty Affairs office to correct errors
Contact Information Workday via FIS yes, in Workday -->Personal Data
CV (uploaded Photo) DRRB, PAUR yes
CV (uploaded PDF) DRRB yes
Bio DRRB yes
Keywords DRRB yes
Research Summary DRRB yes
Research Description DRRB yes
Funded Research DRRB yes
Scholarly Work* DRRB yes
Publications (structured data)** Harvard Catalyst seeded by CV data yes, all faculty can add manually add and edit citation data or enter a DOI or PMID; Additional publications are harvested for Biology and Public Health. See Managing Publications.
Teaching Description DRRB yes
Courses Banner no, contact department administrator to correct errors
Affiliations DRRB yes
Websites DRRB yes
Awards and Honors DRRB yes
Brown Collaborators DRRB yes
Other Collaborators DRRB not yet

* If you entered publication information in the DRR-B as free text or a text file, that data has been carried over to Researchers@Brown under the heading "Scholarly Work". PDF lists of publications have not been carried over from the DRR-B. These publications are available on your uploaded CV and can also be entered in the "Scholarly Work" text box.

** The "Publications" section in Researchers@Brown offers a sophisticated approach to publication data. This publication data is highly structured and allows for automatic links to library-licensed or freely available FULL TEXT. In addition, the editing interface allows the automated retrieval of full citation data upon entry of a DOI or PMID. A harvesting service allows Biology and Public Health faculty to approve a list of their recent publications for automatic entry into their profiles. You can learn more about this in the publications page.

What content is not included?

Roadmap for Future Development

Visit the the roadmap to learn about recent improvements to the project and our plans for future development

What help is available?

General help and a list of frequently asked questions is available in the help page.

You can also contact researchers@brown.edu. Staff are available to work with faculty or deputies in groups or one-on-one. Drop-in training sessions will be scheduled periodically.