Recent Improvements and Roadmap for future Development
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The implementation of Researchers@Brown has been overseen by a core team composed of representatives from the Dean of the Faculty,
Division of Biology, School of Public Health, Office of the Vice President for Research, Provost's Office, Computing and Information Services, and the Library.
Having launched on May 1, 2014, Researchers@Brown is now in a transitional stage. A new oversight structure to set
policies and development priorities is under discussion. The roadmap below is therefore tentative.
Improvements and New Features Since Launch
Planned and Potential Future Improvements and New Features
- Expanded Harvesting of Publications
In the future we will harvest publications from other sources
(Web of Science, arXiv, etc.) and for additional faculty groups and disciplines.
- Software Upgrades
Upgrade to VIVO 1.7
- Additional and Improved Structured Data
Grant data is currently plain text migrated from the DRR-B. Coeus and government
sources will be used in the future to automate (when possible) the capture of
Other data types -- service, presentations, artistic works, awards and honors, etc
will be considered and prioritized by the oversight group for conversion to
Improvements are planned in the Research Areas section: Use of subject vocabularies,
normalization of entries, and user guidelines. This will provide a more robust search.
Normalization of the names of external organizations and the addition of links as
appropriate are in the planning stage.
- Non-Brown Collaborators
The ability to add non-Brown collarborators and non-faculty Brown collarborators
is a future improvement.
- Integration with Other Systems
Researchers@Brown will use ORCID identifiers when
that system is rolled out to the campus.
The future integration of Researchers@Brown with the
Brown Digital Repository (BDR)
is highly desirable. A faculty member might deposit a publication in the BDR and
have the citation and link automatically available in Researchers@Brown.
A widget that would allow you to add Researchers@Brown data to your website has
been developed for Duke University's VIVO instance and may be customized in the
future for Brown use.
- Output to NIH Biosketch
The University of Florida has developed a tool for creating NIH Biosketch documents
in RTF using SPARQL and Python. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA77759ESzE&feature=youtu.be
As additional structured data becomes available in Researchers@Brown,
the capacity to output to CV other formats will become more feasible.