Michigan Experts (experts.umich.edu) is a faculty profiling and research networking web tool used to highlight the research expertise of over 3,000 faculty members on campus. The database helps users find researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration or mentoring, and enables investigators at the University of Michigan to demonstrate their activities to the global research community. Michigan Experts currently includes faculty from the Schools of Dentistry, Kinesiology, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, the Colleges of Engineering and Pharmacy, the Life Science Institute, U-M Transportation Research Institute and U-M Dearborn. Other U-M schools, colleges or institutes continue to be added.
Each faculty member 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, e.g., grants (obtained through U-M's electronic proposal management system, eRPM)
- patents (obtained through U-M Office of Technology Transfer)
Faculty members can also add tailored research statements and key words. Every researcher profile delivers a list of similar experts and a semantic index, or "fingerprint" visualization, of the researcher's distinctive expertise. The 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 (MSIS). A data warehouse allows a variety of reports to be generated from the aggregated profile data. Please direct any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.