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About the Forum

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

  • 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

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.

Keynote Speakers

Anthony M. Boccanfuso

Rebecca Bryant
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research

Bruce A. Weinberg
Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
Ohio State University

Who Should Attend

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

Expert finder systems

Research information management systems

Economic development

Faculty advancement


Scholarly communications

Research commercialization


Related areas

Goals of the Forum


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


  • 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


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

EFS Ecosystem

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.

RIM Systems

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:

  • Library
  • Tech Transfer
  • Research
  • Communications
  • Provost
  • Human Resources

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.

Steering Committee

  • Rebecca Augustyniak

    Executive Director, Florida ExpertNet
    Florida State University
  • Rebecca Bryant

    Senior Program Officer
    OCLC Research
  • Washington Carvalho-Segundo

    Computer Scientist
    Coordinator, Laboratory of Methodologies for Treatment and Dissemination of Information
    Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology
  • L. Bryan Cooper

    Associate Dean, Libraries
    Florida International University
  • Amy Finley, Chair

    Director, Florida ExpertNet
    Florida State University
  • Kathryn Kelley

    Executive Director, Ohio Manufacturing Institute
    The Ohio State University
  • Kim Lloyd

    Director, Special Projects
    FuzeHub, New York
  • Tina Moir

    Snr. Director
    Industry & Academic Relationships, Pure
  • César Augusto Olivares Poggi

    Sub Director (e) de Gestión
    de la Información y Conocimiento
    Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología
    e Innovación Tecnológica (Lima, PE)
  • David Scherer

    Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant, Librarian
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Besiki Stvilia

    School of Information - Florida's iSchool
    Florida State University
  • Alex Viggio

    Director of Engineering, Office of Data Analytics
    University of Colorado Boulder


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