CU Experts

Download poster of VIVO Global ActivityAbout CU Experts
Learn how CU Experts enables discovery >>

Who's Included in CU Experts?
Most CU Boulder faculty are included >>

How CU Experts Supports the Mission of the Boulder Campus
Collaboration, connections, vision. Get a sense of CU Experts and the big picture >>

How to Update CU Experts Profile Data
For faculty - quick tips on how to add a photo, research areas and more >>

Features List and Project Plan
See what's in store as CU Experts grows >>

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About CU Experts

"The VIVO National Network enables the discovery of researchers across institutions. Participants in the network include institutions with local installations of VIVO or those with research discovery and profiling applications that can provide semantic web-compliant data. The information accessible through VIVO's search and browse capability will therefore reside and be controlled locally, within institutional VIVOs or other semantic web-compliant applications.

VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with content at an institution, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at that institution. VIVO supports browsing and a search function which returns faceted results for rapid retrieval of desired information. Content in any local VIVO installation may be maintained manually or brought into the database in automated ways from local systems of record, such as HR, grants, course, and faculty activity databases. See more information on the national VIVO Project."(excerpted from vivoweb.org)

CU Boulder's VIVO instance, branded as CU Experts, is being developed and implemented by the Faculty Information System (FIS) Development Team who are members of Faculty Affairs working under the guidance of the Provost. Collaboration with campus partners on future data sources and pending CU Experts features will strengthen the campus initiative to create faculty profiles and the research network. Due to its open-source and collaborative nature, the VIVO project allows for creative ideas from many contributors. The FIS team encourages creation of new applications, collaboration on identifying robust data sources and feedback on usability of current features. Please see the Project Plan draft for features already in the works and their associated phase of release.


Who's Included in CU Experts?

All individuals with any type of active faculty appointment (tenure-track faculty, research faculty, teaching faculty, part-time or temporary faculty) at the Boulder campus can be included in the faculty profiles on CU Experts.  Faculty who have entered research interests, a research overview, or country data for international activities through FRPA Online are currently included in CU Experts.  Due to the historical use of the FRPA, most of the current information is about tenure-track faculty.  Research faculty are encouraged to enter research interests by way of FRPA Online in order to fully capture research activities at CU Boulder in the CU Experts faculty profiles. Though the bulk of the CU Experts profiles involve faculty, professional exempt staff who are conducting research may also contribute their research interests through FRPA Online with a special access code available by sending a request to frpa@colorado.edu.  Future CU Experts development will consider how best to include other research contributors who may not have actual faculty appointments.

Future data collection efforts will continue to broaden the information on research interests and how faculty report this information. FRPA Online may remain the core channel of data collection; however, expanded efforts include searching vitas and publication data sets to determine research interests.

Faculty members, see here for information on how to update the various data elements posted within CU Experts.

Questions about CU Experts may be directed to Liz Tomich in Faculty Affairs at 303-492-4226 or tomich@colorado.edu.


How CU Experts Supports the Mission of the Boulder Campus

The list of possible ways CU Experts could be used by the campus and those interested in research and faculty expertise at CU Boulder includes the following:

  • Interdisciplinary faculty-to-faculty collaboration including with other institutions
  • Boosting visibility of the Boulder campus research reputation
  • Support for high-level campus efforts to market CU Boulder to students, for large interdisciplinary initiatives and for external funding possibilities
  • Prospective students looking at offerings - undergraduate and graduate
  • Donors and/or the CU Foundation
  • Industry connections
  • Support for web information initiatives for individual academic and research units
  • Flagship 2030:  supports core initiative on research and global connections initiative
  • Experts Guide - support for media services and public relations
  • Reporting needs for accreditation, program reporting by chairs and directors, national and peer reporting required by campus groups

As CU Experts is used, undoubtedly more avenues of interest and support will surface as this tool is intended to facilitate the discovery process and to allow users to find new connections.

Faculty Affairs intends to strengthen the data collection process and resources related to research expertise on the Boulder campus and hopes to create a central resource that benefits faculty, staff and administrators at many levels and for many purposes.  The goal is to create one main source of useful data around research expertise and to share it throughout the campus community.


How to Update CU Experts Profile Data

How quickly will updates show in CU Experts?

CU Experts will be updated on Monday and Thursday. See the date stamp at the bottom of any web page for the time of the last data refresh.

Fields updated through FRPA Online will appear in CU Experts within 24 to 48 hours Monday through Friday. Data elements requiring updates through the HR system or through ITS registry systems may take longer to show in CU Experts due to processing and system update schedules. Curated items may take longer to show on a CU Experts profile as they are reviewed by staff prior to posting on CU Experts. The curation process is applied to research interests, the research overview and the submitted web URL.

CU Experts Data Sources

Name This field currently defaults from your official/legal name as it is stored in the Human Resources (HR) system and is maintained by your departmental payroll liaison. A 'Profile Name' option is now available through FRPA Online which allows faculty to enter the name they wish displayed on their CU Experts profile. To enter an alternate preferred profile name, go to 'Profile Name' in the navigation frame of FRPA Online. Faculty may change any or all three name fields (first, middle, last). These changes will only show in the CU Experts profile. Name changes for legal or payroll reasons must be submitted through your payroll liaison.
Academic Rank This field indicates your highest academic rank in order to best characterize your position at CU Boulder. Payroll records are used to determine this listing. Some supplemental titles are handled individually and maintained in FIS by Faculty Affairs (e.g., Nobel laureate, endowed professor, etc.), as they are not always part of the payroll database. Your departmental payroll liaison is responsible for corrections to HR job class data.  For updates to endowed appointments, please contact Faculty Affairs at 303-492-3055 or email kristina.cizmar@colorado.edu.
Positions Data Positions information displays the unit and rank of each position currently held by a faculty member as entered into the HR system. Please contact your payroll liaison if corrections are needed.
Research Areas This information comes from the FRPA database maintained by Faculty Affairs. To revise what is listed as your research interests, log in to FRPA Online through the Faculty Reporting Channel of MyCUInfo at any time and modify as needed by adding or removing items associated with the FRPA keywords code list, user-defined keywords or your research overview found in the Research & Expertise module of FRPA Online. Contact Faculty Affairs at 303-492-3055 or email kristina.cizmar@colorado.edu if further assistance is needed.
International Activities Country data submitted through the International Activities module of FRPA Online are the source for data showing as International Activities in the CU Experts profiles. The World Map on the CU Experts home page visually represents counts of international activities by country and region for current faculty in CU Experts to illuminate where our faculty have global connections. Updates to this field can be made in FRPA Online via the Faculty Reporting Channel on MyCUInfo at any time. Contact Faculty Affairs at 303-492-3055 if questions arise.
Degree Information Information on faculty degrees is maintained in FIS by Faculty Affairs and is typically based on vita information submitted at the time of hire. For questions, call 303-492-3055 or email kristina.cizmar@colorado.edu. Understanding foreign degree systems presents a particular challenge. Though we have made a good attempt, we are aware that corrections may be needed and appreciate the feedback so we may correct our data to best represent our faculty.
Faculty Honors

Awards information in CU Experts includes information on honors and awards received by our faculty, including the name of the honor, the year it was received, and the awarding organization. This information includes campus and national honors for the current faculty who have a CU Experts profile. To capture as many awards as possible, Faculty Affairs has supplemented campus data with information from Academic Analytics about external awards received by our faculty. This data project is an ongoing effort to display as much information as possible about awards and honors received by our faculty. Faculty Affairs is working to build a sustainable update process to add more historical information as well as new information about faculty achievements in a timely fashion.

Missing or incorrect award information on your CU Experts profile? Send email to facultyawards@colorado.edu and include the name of the award, the awarding organization, the recipient, and the year of the award. The curated data will be added to our FIS database and will be updated on CU Experts. This effort focuses solely on faculty awards.

E-mail Address Your University of Colorado e-mail address. This information is maintained through the ITS Service Center.  Please call 303-735-4357 (5-HELP) for assistance.
Profile Photo

Need to add or replace a photo for your CU Experts profile? There are currently two options.

  1. Faculty may upload a digital photo file through FRPA Online via MyCUInfo. From the CU Resources tab, go to the Faculty Reporting Channel and choose FRPA Online. Once in FRPA Online, see the Profile Photo link in the navigation frame on the left side of the application.
  2. Faculty may get a professional portrait taken by the Campus Photographer at their east campus studio. To reserve your time slot (free of charge) or for other options, e-mail photo@colorado.edu or call 303-492-3119.
ORCID iD

The University of Colorado became a member of the newly launched global effort known as ORCID in 2014 and received grant funding to create ORCID iDs for our core faculty and researchers. Initially, CU Boulder created ORCID iDs for all tenure-track faculty, instructors, clinical faculty, and research faculty. Other faculty (e.g. lecturers, adjunct faculty), students, and staff can register for an ORCID iD themselves for free on the ORCID website at http://orcid.org/ .

The power of the ORCID initiative is to enable researchers to link easily their names with their scholarly work to insure proper attribution for the full range of their scholarly contributions. ORCID iDs are unique faculty ids that can be linked to existing identifiers such as Researcher ID, PubMed Id, and Scopus Id as well as things such as publisher manuscript submission systems, funding agency grant application workflows, and vendors specializing in faculty data metrics.

The Boulder campus hopes to use ORCID iDs to their full potential to improve information stores about our faculty's scholarly accomplishments. ORCID is a dynamic non-profit operation dedicated to the individual scholar. As it continues to evolve, more linked data and functionality will become available.

Is your ORCID iD missing? If you have an ORCID iD that is not showing here, please email it to orcid-support@colorado.edu.

If you have a claimed ORCID iD that Faculty Affairs has on record, your ORCID iD will show on your CU Experts profile page, hyperlinked to your ORCID profile. Deans and chairs can also see ORCID iDs for their units through FRPAport.

If you are a faculty member with an active appointment, we will be re-running the registration process to include faculty who were not included during the initial summer 2014 registration process.

For more information, visit the campus ORCID project website at http://www.colorado.edu/fis/orcid.

Contact members of the project team by email at orcid-support@colorado.edu or call Faculty Affairs at 303-492-4226.

Curriculum Vitae

Vitae are uploaded by the faculty using the FRPA application. Only vitas indicated by the faculty member as for public use are published on CU Experts profiles. Subsequent uploads replace previous files.

Faculty should carefully consider the personal information included on their submitted vitas now that this information will be viewed on the Web. Possible items to avoid include: home contact information, names of family members, date of birth, and other personal items not related to your professional work. Content of the vita is ultimately at the discretion of the individual faculty member. Logon to FRPA Online to upload a new version of your public vita. Though many file formats are allowed, uploading as a PDF file insures special characters and formatting will remain unchanged. For questions, please contact frpa@colorado.edu or 303-492-3055.

Department/
Organizational Structure
The organizational structure of the campus is represented in the listings found under the 'Organizations' tab. Academic departments are defined as those that are tenure-bearing and/or offer degrees. Affiliations within units are currently based on HR position data. Each department listing indicates administrative heads and those faculty with official positions in the unit. Faculty who have not indicated research interests or international connections will not show on the department affiliation list either. Only faculty with active appointments are included at this time. Emeritus faculty or external affiliates will be added with future development. Department pages also include linked data about research interests indicated by faculty, awards given by the unit, and information about equipment or services catalogued by the Office of Industry Collaboration.
Download Search Results Users can download their CU Experts search results if desired. Look for the download icon Download Results at the top of the page for most search results. To further filter search results prior to download, select one of the faceted groupings (people, department, research topic or concept, etc.) in the box to the right of the page. A CSV download results in a spreadsheet listing the following items: name or topic, rank (for people), email address (for people), and the CU Experts profile link. For assistance, contact Kristina Cizmar at 303-492-3055.

Release Schedule and Features List

(as of July 2016) Release Date Feature
     
RELEASED    
  April 2011 Research Interests - FRPA keyword (controlled vocabulary)
  April 2011 Faculty Name
  April 2011 Faculty Contact Info: E-mail
  April 2011 Research Interests - User-defined Keywords (curated)
  April 2011 Academic Rank (including special titles)
  April 2011 Profile Photo Upload to FRPA
  April 2011 International Connections (country data)
  April 2011 Search by Name
  April 2011 Search by Research Area
     
  August 2012 Research Overview (curated)
  August 2012 Faculty URL (curated)
  August 2012 Positions Detail - current for individual - unit/rank
  August 2012 Department Structure - admin and faculty affiliates
  August 2012 Organization Structure of Boulder campus
  August 2012 Faculty Name - Preferred - Profile Name
  August 2012 Department Info for Individual
  August 2012 Degree Data - year, type, institution
     
  February 2013 Optimize Search (weighting of search results)
  February 2013 Search text matches indicated in search results
     
  December 2014 VIVO 1.7 Upgrade
     
  Feb 2015 Display of ORCID iD in CU Experts
  Feb 2015 Shared resources - Equipment and Analytic Services
     
  April 2015 Download of Search Results - CSV file
  April 2015 Search Research by Department
  April 2015 Geographic mapping of research
  April 2015 Awards and Honors - Campus
  April 2015 Awards and Honors - National
  April 2015 Display Vita
     
  March 2016 Faceted Search for People
     
  April 2016 Faceted Search for Equipment and Analytic Services
     
  May 2016 Home Page Facelift
  May 2016 Experts Map - Interactive Visualization
     
  July 2016 Rebranding to CU Experts