Published on February 6, 2014
Clinical and Translational Science Institute / CTSI at the University of California, San Francisco Fostering Collaboration at UCSF and Beyond The Virtual Home Program, CTSI at UCSF Research Profiles Conference, The University of Melbourne January 2014
What is CTSI at UCSF? • University of California, San Francisco • The Clinical & Translational Science Institute – Established in 2006 – One of 60 institutions comprising Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) consortium – Funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH)
What does CTSI do? • The Goal: to facilitate the rapid translation of research to improvements in patient and community health. • How? – – – – – Infrastructure Services Pilot funding Training Coalitions and partnerships
The Virtual Home Program Start-up mentality Focused on: • • • • Collaboration Efficiency Communications Technology as the means to an end
A Virtual Home for Researchers A single point of entry to access all of CTSI’s services and resources • Focus on research • Minimize time spent on administrative, regulatory and information seeking hurdles
2013 Traffic • 809,000 visits = average 2,216 visits/day • Accessed from 1,700 universities • 88% of researcher profiles have been viewed 10+ times
http://profiles.ucsf.edu • • • • • • Helped me prepare lectures and work with students I found a potential book contributor It helps me find info about faculty Identify potential mentors Looking for research opportunities Great resource for finding potential research collaborators and for PhD dissertation committees • Helped prepare research critique • Helped find new nursing research problems • Found info about doctors
http://profiles.ucsf.edu • Researchers use it to find collaborators and identify mentors • Funders use it research potential grantees • Administrators use it understand research trends and find speakers • Journalists use it to find potential sources • IT staff use it to keep department websites updated • Development staff use it to match researchers with opportunities • Patients use it to evaluate clinicians' research background • Visiting scholars use it find people to connect with • UCSF applicants use it to understand current research areas • Reviewers use it to research author background and experience
Our approach: play nice in the sandbox with everyone
Researchers … look good with minimal work on their part
Researchers … Dr. Smith 342 times including are told about views to their profile pages
Researchers … are found and linked to from prestigious publications
Google finds our pages based on some search engine optimizations Clean title Clean URL Metadata ✓ Description ✓ Sitemaps ✓
Patients, Funders, Reviewers search for and find UCSF Researchers 70,000 60,000 World, outside USA 40,000 USA, outside California 30,000 California, outside San Francisco/UCSF 20,000 San Francisco, outside UCSF UCSF Campus 10,000 Dec-09 Feb-10 Apr-10 Jun-10 Aug-10 Oct-10 Dec-10 Feb-11 Apr-11 Jun-11 Aug-11 Oct-11 Dec-11 Feb-12 Apr-12 Jun-12 Aug-12 Oct-12 Dec-12 Feb-13 Apr-13 Jun-13 Monthly visits 50,000
IT and Admin staff … benefit from syndicating UCSF Profiles data on campus websites
Faculty and Staff… use the data for targeting emails and more Photo credit: ©2013 Flixya.com
Targeted Emails Identify 1,100 faculty who have published in an Open Access journal UCSF Library sends out the email
Data Analysis UCSF’s top 20 internally collaborative departments Epidemiology & Biostatistics: 424 of 829 publications co-authored with other UCSF departments “Thanks a lot for this. This is something we claim all the time, but who knew we were the first. I am so happy to have this info and will definitely broadcast it.” -- Chair, UCSF Dept of Epi / Biostats
Software developers… can now build upon the Profiles platform Photo credit: ©2013 Flixya.com Photo credit: Tantek, used under CC
Free Apps! • UCSF integrated OpenSocial with Research Networking • Profiles and VIVO can use the apps • 12+ free apps available Learn more at http://orng.info
Funders and Development Staff UCSF Faculty, Residents, Post Docs UCSF IT Developers UCSF Schools & Departments & Staff
Linking across institutions
Another model for collaboration
http://open-proposals.ucsf.edu Used for proposal development • • • • Internet-based Crowdsourcing model Open Collaborative
How does it work? 1. RFP 2. Post proposal online 3. Crowdsource comments, improvements on each proposal 4. Improve proposal, re-post 5. Review and award
“Put my idea out in the OPEN ?!?” Photo credit: thesocialmediaqueen.com
18 months 18 RFPs 30 + proposals per RFP 40 + comments per proposal $3,700,000+ distributed Photo credit: campussdsu.com
Spread across campus
Moving on out …
• Make everyone look good • Shifts in culture can happen • Focus on usage
Thanks! http://profiles.ucsf.edu/leslie.yuan firstname.lastname@example.org
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