About

The Forum

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:

  • Promising practices
  • Value proposition and sustainability
  • Platforms and applications
  • Interoperability across systems
  • New features needed to support emerging uses
  • Role of libraries in research information management systems
  • EFS and economic development
  • RIMS, FARS, EFS, and analytics

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 Ecosystem

EFS systems take many forms, including but not limited to:

  • Content-rich profiling sites
  • Research information management (RIM) systems
  • Current research information systems (CRIS)
  • Tech transfer management systems
  • Networking platforms and other curated information

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.

Who We Are

Researchers, practitioners, faculty, librarians, administrators, platform providers, and other stakeholders in the following areas are part of our community:

Expert finder systems

Research information
and analytics

Management systems

Economic development

Corporate affairs

Faculty advancement

Libraries

Scholarly communications

Research commercialization

Industry

Team Science

Related areas

Goals

Understand

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

Explore

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

Connect

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