RECENT IMPROVEMENTS and ROADMAP for FUTURE DEVELOPMENT
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
- Structured Publication Data
A new "Publications" section is now available. Features include:
- Enter DOI or PMID to have full citation automatically retrieved
- Links to full text when available
- Easy form for entering/editing publications as separate fields
- Harvested publications from PubMed for Biology and Public Health faculty
- Geographic Research Areas
You may now add geographic research areas using a standard set of geographic terms. This section in under "Research" in the Profile Manager. Type 3 characters to pull up a list of terms from which to choose.
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 grant data.
Other data types -- service, presentations, artistic works, awards and honors, etc will be considered and prioritized by the oversight group for conversion to structured data.
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.