Expert finder systems (EFS) and research information systems have been serving universities, government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations for more than two decades by showcasing metadata related to expertise, resources, and institutional strengths.
They support decision-making, research analytics, scholarly communications, competitive analysis, and specialized portals on emerging high-impact topics. They have also become major tools for economic development because they facilitate matchmaking for collaborative teams, innovation, university-industry partnerships, and entrepreneurship, and mentoring.
Forum events welcome practitioners from the university, research, and economic development communities to explore topics such as:
The forum community of practice also offers the opportunity to explore the possibility of establishing a professional organization to provide leadership and develop ongoing events.
EFS systems take many forms, including but not limited to:
These 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 economic development efforts.
Researchers, practitioners, faculty, librarians, administrators, platform providers, and other stakeholders in the following areas are part of our community:
Expert finder systems