After a successful launch in 2019, the International Forum on Expert Finder Systems is back for its second exciting event, which will be held virtually from 18 January – 15 April 2021.  The 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

Digital Science is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this event and will be presenting at the following times:

Date: Thursday 11 February 2021 from 11:50am – 12 noon EST
Presentation title: Digital Science: A unique provider of innovative tools to fuel discovery and collaboration.  Featuring:

  • Kelsey Rosell, SVP, Commercial Director for Digital Science

Digital Science is a software company with a unique perspective on the past, present and future trends of the global research impact landscape. Facilitating networking and discovery for collaboration with new and innovative datasets is paramount in the new frontier we are facing. How we collaborate is evolving, how we demonstrate our impact, and value is evolving in the eyes of funders and colleagues alike.  Examine the potential of an ecosystem built upon innovation that allows for actionable insights to increase productivity that fuel discovery.  View Kelsey’s lightning talk below.


Date: Thursday 11 February 2021 from 12:15pm – 12:35pm EST
Presentation title: Faculty Profiles @ Tufts: the Journey
Theme: Challenges and Successes in Implementing a Research Information Management System Featuring:

  • Paul Bergen, Tufts University, Educational Technology & Learning Spaces Director
  • Kelsey Rosell, SVP, Commercial Director for Digital Science

This session documents the partnership between Tufts University and Digital Science to develop Tufts Faculty Profiles, a comprehensive source to identify Tufts faculty and chronicle their scholarly contributions and impact. Panelists Paul Bergen and Kelsey Rosell will share critical lessons learned through this effective partnership, including review of the selection process, approach to stakeholder engagement, and the concerted planning around launch and roll-out – all while sustaining alignment with institutional priorities, managing the needs of varied faculty groups, and developing a strategic approach to sustainability over time to ensure an accurate, mature, and current data record of Tufts’ faculty activity.

Date: Thursday 11 March 2021 from 12:30pm-12:50pm EST
Presentation title: Supporting interdisciplinary research at Texas A&M through the discovery of research expertise, reuse of authoritative data on research, and the analysis of research and its scholarly and societal impact.
Theme: Supporting Institutional Goals through Research Analytics Featuring:

  • Martha Golubock, Production Solution Manager for Dimensions (part of Digital Science)
  • Bruce Herbert, Director, Office of Scholarly Communications, Sterling C. Evans Library, Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University Libraries developed Scholars@TAMU based on VIVO, member-supported, open-source software and an ontology for representing scholarship. The team coupled two Digital Science databases (Dimensions and Altmetrics) to Scholars@TAMU to enhance the RIM system’s capabilities. The systems are interoperable, allowing relatively easy information sharing between VIVO and the databases. Specifically, the team took advantage of Dimensions’ categorization of research publications based on the Australian/New Zealand Fields of Research classification scheme. The resulting system supports interdisciplinary research through the discovery of research expertise, reuse of authoritative data on research, and analysis of research and its scholarly and societal impact.

Date: Thursday 18 March 2021 from 12:00pm-1:20pm EDT
Session: Q & A with RIM System Vendors
Jonathan Breeze, CEO from Symplectic (part of the Digital Science portfolio) will be part of a panel that includes vendors representing services and products that support expert profiling and research information management systems. They span proprietary and open-source communities, including platforms and data services supporting turn-key and hybrid systems. The panelists represent information ecosystems that help market institutional reputation, while assisting with metrics analytics and other data assessments for organizations. Topics include defining a RIM system, use cases, varying geographical markets, reality of actual implementations, interoperability between systems, and strengths and challenges of different systems.