Fostering Collaboration at UCSF - presented at Univ of Melbourne Research Profiling Conference 2014

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Published on February 6, 2014

Author: lesliey



Presentation at University of Melbourne Research Profiling Conference, Jan 2014.

Fostering collaboration between researchers at UCSF and beyond

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 • • • • • • 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 • 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

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 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

Funders and Development Staff UCSF Faculty, Residents, Post Docs UCSF IT Developers UCSF Schools & Departments & Staff

Linking across institutions

Another model for collaboration 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:

18 months 18 RFPs 30 + proposals per RFP 40 + comments per proposal $3,700,000+ distributed Photo credit:

Spread across campus

Moving on out …

• Make everyone look good • Shifts in culture can happen • Focus on usage


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