April 5-6, 2023
Coral Gables Miami, FL
April 5-6, 2023
Coral Gables Miami, FL
International Forum on Expert Finder Systems
Connecting the Dots
April 5-6, 2023
Coral Gables Miami, FL

About

The Forum

Expert finder systems (EFS) have been serving universities, government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations for more than two decades. These systems showcase expertise, resources, and institutional strengths. They support decision-making, research analytics, scholarly communications, competitive analysis, and specialized portals on emerging high-impact topics. EFS also facilitates matchmaking for collaborative teams, innovation, university-industry partnerships, entrepreneurship, and mentoring. These systems have become a major tool for economic development in many states and countries.

After a successful launch in 2019 and 2021, the International Forum on Expert Finder Systems is back for its third exciting event in 2023.

The theme of this year's EFS Forum, "Connecting the Dots," reflects the aspirational goal of the conference to facilitate engagement, understanding, and community building across a diversity of silos. These include discrete use cases, stakeholders, and product user communities, among others. In addition to greater technical interoperability across systems, we also hope to facilitate greater "social interoperability" as well.

The 2023 forum will welcome practitioners from the university, research, and economic development communities 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
  • RIMS, FARS, EFS, and analytics

Attendees will be able to share ideas and information about the current uses of such systems, the need for new features to support emerging uses, best practices for starting and managing a system, and strategies for enhancing stakeholder engagement.

The forum also offers the opportunity to build a community of practice and 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

This facilitates the spread of institutional and individual reputation by showcasing metadata to tell the impact stories of faculty and administrators.

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.

EFS have been serving universities, business, industry, economic development professionals, and the research community for more than two decades. The Forum provides opportunities for attendees to:

  • Learn about the variety of diverse platforms
  • Understand best practices for starting and managing an EFS
  • Share ideas and information about current uses
  • Chart the need for features that support emerging uses
  • Explore strategies for enhancing stakeholder engagement

Attendees also will learn about the economic development impacts of EFS on the regional, state, national, and global levels.

Who Should Attend

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

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
April 5-6, 2023
Coral Gables Miami, FL