Expert finder systems (EFS) have been serving universities, businesses, and the research community for more than two decades. However, there are still no formal venues for EFS stakeholders to network, learn from each other, and help steer the future of this dynamic field.
The National Forum on Expert Finder Systems will provide a long-awaited opportunity for a national dialogue on EFS. Attendees will be able to share ideas and information about the current uses of such systems, the need for new features and functionalities to support emerging uses of EFS, best practices for starting and managing expert finder systems, and strategies for enhancing stakeholder engagement. The economic development impacts of EFS on a regional, state and national level will be addressed.
The forum will also offer the opportunity for stakeholders to explore the possibility of establishing a professional organization to provide leadership and develop ongoing events.
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.