Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Michigan Experts provides online tool highlighting research expertise

Michigan Experts is a faculty profiling and research networking web tool used to highlight the research expertise of more than 3,000 faculty members on campus.

  Research network

This "research network" for a faculty member is a visualization of the connections between that faculty member and his or her collaborators.


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The database helps users find researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration or mentoring, and enables investigators at U-M to demonstrate their activities to the global research community.

Michigan Experts currently includes faculty from the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, the colleges of Engineering and Pharmacy, the Life Sciences Institute, and UM-Dearborn. Other U-M schools, colleges or institutes will continue to be added. The School of Kinesiology and U-M Transportation Research Institute are coming soon.

Each faculty member in the database has a page that contains a rich, individualized representation of his or her:

• Publications (obtained through Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus bibliographic database).

• Externally funded sponsored projects, such as grants (obtained through U-M's electronic proposal management system).

• Patents (obtained through U-M Office of Technology Transfer).

Faculty members also can add tailored research statements and keywords. Every researcher profile delivers a list of similar experts and a semantic index, or "fingerprint" visualization, of the researcher's distinctive expertise.

Text from the publications, grants, patents, and optional tailored information is combined to develop the "fingerprint," making it easier to find experts and enable collaboration.

Users can search the database by concept, individual name, or "free text" excerpt (such as an abstract or RFA) to discover researchers, understand research expertise, and visualize connections among researchers. Searching by "concept" includes links to similar experts outside of U-M.

The database is an Elsevier product and is managed by the Medical School's Office of Research and Medical School Information Services. A data warehouse allows a variety of reports to be generated from the aggregated profile data.