enabling national networking of scientists
Rolando Garcia-Milian1, Hannah F. Norton1, Valrie Davis2, Kristi L Holmes34, Kaitlin Blackburn1, Michele R.Tennant15, Mike Conlon6, VIVO Collaboration
1. Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 2. Robert Marston Science Library, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 3. Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 4. Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, St. Louis, MO 5. University of Florida Genetics Institute, Gainesville, FL 6. Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
A Detailed Comparison of Four Researcher Networks: VIVO, Epernicus, ResearchGate, and Mendeley
VIVO is an open-source, semantic web application designed to enable discovery and collaboration among researchers. Originally developed at Cornell University, VIVO is being expanded for national use through a $12.2 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to seven institutions known as the VIVO Collaboration. Although the University of Florida (UF) has an institution-wide implementation of VIVO, it has been found that a number of UF-affiliated researchers have profiles in other networks for collaboration such as Epernicus, Mendeley, and ResearchGate.
Aim and Methods:
Compare the VIVO network with three other networks for researchers: Epernicus, Mendeley, and ResearchGate in order to determine what interface features and functionalities make these networks attractive to UF researchers. Results from this study will help to improve the VIVO network and inform outreach efforts directed toward these researchers. Networks were chosen for comparison based on the presence of UF-affiliated personnel profiles. Features were compared from the user's perspective.
Table 3. Comparison of VIVO with three different networks for researchers
Table 1. Total profiles of UF affiliates found on four different
networks for collaboration
Researcher Network | | Total UF-affiliated profiles
VIVO | I 6908*
Epernicus | | 352
ResearchGate | I 51
Mendeley I | 158
*VIVO automatically ingests profiles for all current UF Faculty and Staff. Individuals must
sign up for profiles in other networks.
Table 2. Percentage of UF-affiliated profiles that are identified as
VIVO recognizes that students are an important audience for researcher networking. However, due to student privacy laws, VIVO cannot automatically ingest profiles for students. The VIVO team is working on ways to incorporate student profiles by request into the system. This is something the Outreach team will promote to students.
Details V VOBEHHE ResearchGate
Photo Y Y Y Y
Position Y Y N Y
Research Areas Y Y Y Y
Affiliation Y Y Y Y
Personal Pubs. Y Y Y Y
Research Y Y N Y
Teaching Y N Y Y
Presentations Y Y N N
Contact Y N Y Y
Website Y Y Y Y
Education Y Y Y Y
Clinical Activities Y Y N N
Advisors Y Y Y N
Honors/Awards Y Y Y Y
Profile Data I Source Manual 1 Y Y 1 Y 1 Y
| Automated | 1 Y | 1 N | 1 N | 1 N
Discovery and Search Required Login N Y N Y
Faceted Search Y Y Y N
Pre-Filter Y N Y Y
Suggestion N N Y N
Content Sharing I Links 1 1 Y 1 1 Y 1 1 Y 1 1 Y
Criteria I ^J^ffiliatec^ 1 Anyone 1 Anyone Anyone
Visualization Tools 1 Co-investigators 1 Genealogy Contacts
1 Co-authors 1 1 Publications 1 | Publication Stats
1 Intra-organizational 1 comparisons Groups
VIVO is a more comprehensive resource for finding information about UF-affiliated researchers than the other networks, containing 6908 researcher profiles. This is due in large part to VIVO's support for automated data ingest, as compared to the other networks7 reliance on manual data entry.
UF graduate students7 representation in Mendeley and Epernicus indicates that they are interested in research networking. The UF VIVO Outreach Team should target UF graduate students for inclusion in VIVO.
VIVO profile elements are comparable with those of Epernicus, ResearchGate, and Mendeley.
VIVO does not currently support file uploading such as importing PDFs of CVs; this is an area for future consideration.
The VIVO team should consider adding internal communication tools (e.g. internal email, status updates, and groups) into the VIVO network.
Future studies should evaluate how UF-affiliated researchers are using each of these networks.
*VIVO Collaboration: Cornell University: Dean Krafft (Cornell PI), Manolo Bevia, Jim Blake, Nick Cappadona, Brian Caruso, Jon Corson-Rikert, Elly Cramer, Medina Devare, Elizabeth Hines, Huda Khan, Brian Lowe, Deepak Konidena, Brian Lowe, Joseph McEnerney, Holly Mistlebauer, Stella Mitchell, Anup Sawant, Christopher Westling, Tim Worrall, Rebecca Younes. University of Florida: Mike Conlon (VIVO and UF PI), Beth Auten, Michael Barbieri, Chris Barnes, Kaitlin Blackburn, Cecilia Botero, Kerry Britt, Erin Brooks, Amy Buhler, Ellie Bushhousen, Linda Butson, Chris Case, Christine Cogar, Valrie Davis, Mary Edwards, Nita Ferree, Rolando Garcia-Milan, George Hack, Chris Haines, Sara Henning, Rae Jesano, Margeaux Johnson, Meghan Latorre, Yang Li, Jennifer Lyon, Paula Markes, Hannah Norton, James Pence, Narayan Raum, Nicholas Rejack, Alexander Rockwell, Sara Russell Gonzalez, Nancy Schaefer, Dale Scheppler, Nicholas Skaggs, Matthew Tedder, Michele R. Tennant, Alicia Turner, Stephen Williams. Indiana University: Katy Borner (IU PI), Kavitha Chandrasekar, Bin Chen, Shanshan Chen, Ryan Cobine, Jeni Coffey, Suresh Deivasigamani, Ying Ding, Russell Duhon, Jon Dunn, Poornima Gopinath, Julie Hardesty, Brian Keese, Namrata Lele, Micah Linnemeier, Nianli Ma, Robert H. McDonald, Asik Pradhan Gongaju, Mark Price, Michael Stamper, Yuyin Sun, Chintan Tank, Alan Walsh, Brian Wheeler, Feng Wu, Angela Zoss. Ponce School of Medicine: Richard J. Noel, Jr. (Ponce PI), Ricardo Espada Colon, Damaris Torres Cruz, Michael Vega Negron. TheScripps Research Institute: Gerald Joyce (Scripps PI), Catherine Dunn, Sam Katov, Brant Kelley, Paula King, Angela Murrell, Barbara Noble, Cary Thomas, MichaeleenTrimarchi. Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine: Rakesh Nagarajan (WUSTL PI), Kristi L. Holmes, Caerie Houchins, George Joseph, Sunita B. Koul, Leslie D. Mcintosh. Weill Cornell Medical College: Curtis Cole (Weill PI), Paul Albert, Victor Brodsky, Mark Bronnimann, Adam Cheriff, Oscar Cruz, Dan Dickinson, Richard Hu, Chris Huang, Itay Klaz, Kenneth Lee, Peter Michelini, Grace Migliorisi, John Ruffing, Jason Specland,TruTran, Vinay Varughese, Virgil Wong. This project is funded by the National Institutes of Health, U24 RR029822, "VIVO: Enabling National Networking of Scientists".
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