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Research Networks

Research Information Networks

  • COAR: Confedration of Open Access Repositories (website), unites organisations from across the world. Its core mission is to enhance greater visibility and application of research outputs through global networks of Open Access digital repositories.
  • The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) (website), a joint initiative of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE, promotes the use of digital information technology to advance scholarship and education.
  • Dealing with Data: A Case Study on information and Data Management Literacy (2012) – Describes the eagle-i Consortium, a collaborative resource sharing network, and how it addresses the data sharing needs of researchers. Discusses librarian roles in facilitating the discovery of new knowledge by developing and sharing tools that help the scientific community manage data.
  • Social Awareness Tools for Science Research (2012) – Survey of social awareness tools for science researchers that facilitate collaboration, help manage references, and offer options for presenting findings in new ways. As researchers lack time to investigate all the tools available, an important role for librarians could be to evaluate these tools, recommend ones that suit researchers’ needs, and assist researcher in using tools effectively.
  • Comparison of Research Networking Tools and Research Profiling Systems (2012) – Compiled by Northwestern University, this guide provides introduction to research networking tools and systems and compares features of different RINs.
  • Role of Librarians in the Development of Community Research Networks (2011) – University of Florida librarians describe how VIVO and other community research networks harvest data from authoritative sources resulting in inter-linked profiles that enable researchers to discover content and subject expert. They also discuss opportunities for librarians to participate in the development of research networks at their institutions.
  • eagle-i Consortium – The eagle-i Consortium of nine member institutions has built a prototype of a national research resource discovery network to help biomedical scientists search for and find previously invisible, but highly valuable resources. This resource discovery network was launched to the eagle-i Consortium community in early May 2011. Currently, and for the near future, only researchers at the participating institutions are able to access the eagle-i resource discovery network. The eagle-i Network complements efforts by the VIVO group to create a national social network of biomedical research scientists.
  • Harvard Catalyst – Harvard Catalyst, also known as the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center is a virtual center that enables collaboration and provides tools, training and technologies to clinical and translational investigators. Founded in May 2008, Harvard Catalyst is a shared enterprise of Harvard University, its ten schools and its eighteen Academic Healthcare Centers (AHC), as well as the Boston College School of Nursing, MIT, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and numerous community partners. As a member of the NIH-funded CTSA Consortium, Catalyst shares tools and practices with other consortium members locally and nationally.
  • VIVO – VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at that institution and beyond.