Join an Emerging Community of Practice
After a successful launch in 2019, the International Forum on Expert Finder Systems is back for its second exciting event.
The 2021 forum will welcome expert finder system practitioners from the university, research, and economic development communities to explore
Register for our free virtual series to be held January 18 - April 15, 2021, to explore the potential of expert finder systems to promote research collaboration, scholarly communication, and research commercialization in universities.
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.
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:
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.