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- What are the intended benefits?
- What is it and how does it work?
- Which faculty are included in the tool?
- What information is shown in a profile?
- What do I do with it? (use cases)
- Who can I contact if I need help?
What is it and how does it work?
Experts scans and analyzes all of the publications in Elsevier’s Scopus citation database and uses the aggregated data to create an individual fingerprint for each University of Michigan faculty author. Faculty members in the Experts tool come from the following schools, colleges and institute: School of Dentistry, College of Engineering, Life Sciences Institute, Medical School, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health.
This fingerprint is made up of nine thesauri, some open and some proprietary, including: Agriculture and Biology, Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine and Life Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Social Sciences. These thesauri utilize a controlled vocabulary to describe concepts. This fingerprint is updated automatically as publications enter the Scopus database, meaning faculty members are not required to manually maintain their individual profiles. Once a profile has been established, Experts disambiguates author names to ensure that publications are associated to the correct author. Elsevier’s algorithm incorporates additional publication data to determine whether one “John Smith” is the same as another “John Smith.” This additional information includes concepts, co-authors and location, among others. In cases where publications are incorrectly assigned or missed, they can be manually attributed to the correct author.
In addition to publications, sponsored projects (e.g., grants) from UM’s eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system (maintained by the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects), and patents managed by the Office of Tech Transfer are included. The projects data is used to create a fingerprint based on the externally funded sponsored projects awards associated with a faculty member. This information is presented alongside the publication fingerprint for each faculty member, thereby highlighting subject matter expertise in publications, funding, and patents. Grant and patent data are updated in the Experts tool on a quarterly basis. Please note that the data for sponsored projects are from external sponsors awarded at U-M only.
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