We will continue to assess COVID-19's implications for the forum scheduled this fall and plan for contingencies. If the forum is cancelled altogether, refunds will be provided.

About the Forum

After a successful launch in 2019, the National Forum on Expert Finder Systems is back for its second exciting annual event.

The 2020 forum will welcome expert finder system practitioners from the university, research, and economic development communities to Miami, Florida, to explore

  • Community- and system-building
  • Promising practices
  • Value proposition and sustainability
  • Platforms and applications
  • Role of libraries in research information management systems
  • EFS and economic development

Join us in Miami on October 29-30 to explore the potential of expert finder systems to promote research collaboration, scholarly communication, and research commercialization in universities across the U.S.

Keynote Speakers

Anthony Boccanfuso

Rebecca Bryant
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research

Bruce A. Weinberg
Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
Ohio State University

EFS Ecosystem

Expert finder systems are directories, profiling sites, or social networking sites that employ knowledge management tools to gather, manage, and publish searchable information about expertise and resources. Expert finder systems may be maintained by a variety of providers--from commercial entities to research universities--using a wide range of commercial, locally developed, or open-source products.

Expert finder systems can support research collaboration, help bring new technologies to market, promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and contribute to regional economic development efforts.


RIM Systems

Research information management (RIM) systems are an important part of the EFS ecosystem. A RIM system provides infrastructure and workflows for collecting and curating metadata about research and scholars as part of an institutional process that may include the following units:

  • Library
  • Tech Transfer
  • Research
  • Communications
  • Provost
  • Human Resources

The data can then be publicly shared through an EFS portal. A RIM system may support multiple uses, such as activity reporting workflows, assessment activities, and faculty web page content, while also populating the EFS. Through this data sharing, a RIM system can make it a seamless process for scholars to participate in one or more expert finder systems at the state, regional, and national levels.


Goals of the Forum


  • Stakeholders and their goals
  • Challenges in developing systems for research information management, collaboration, and economic development


  • Research on EFS community- and system-building
  • Promising practices
  • Platforms and applications
  • Value proposition and sustainability strategies
  • Role of libraries in RIM systems
  • How EFS supports economic development
  • Researcher disambiguation strategies
  • Semantic Web, taxonomies, and ontologies
  • Use cases


  • Network with other stakeholders
  • Discuss challenges and priorities
  • Create a community of practice

Who Should Attend

Researchers, practitioners, faculty, librarians, administrators, platform providers,
and other stakeholders in the following areas are invited:

Expert finder systems

Research information management systems

Economic development

Faculty advancement


Scholarly Communications

Research commercialization

Related areas

Steering Committee

  • Kim Lloyd

    Director, Special Projects
    FuzeHub, New York
  • Marianne Parkhill

    Director of Marketing, Content Creation
  • César Augusto Olivares Poggi

    Sub Director (e) de Gestión
    de la Información y Conocimiento
    Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología
    e Innovación Tecnológica (Lima, PE)
  • David Scherer

    Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant, Librarian
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Besiki Stvilia

    School of Information - Florida's iSchool
    Florida State University
  • Alex Viggio

    Director of Engineering, Office of Data Analytics
    University of Colorado Boulder


Organizing Sponsor


University Libraries and Office of
Research & Economic Development

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