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1 Data-Driven Collaboration Facilitation - The Loki Prototype David Eichmann Biomedical Informatics Institute For Clinical and Translational Science The University of Iowa

2 The Challenges Discovery of potential collaborators is hit-or-miss Discovery of potential collaborators is hit-or-miss –Typically driven by the strengths of the researcher’s social network(s) Large initiatives require extraordinary coordination efforts Large initiatives require extraordinary coordination efforts –Our CTSA proposal required the collection of 150+ biosketches

3 The Challenges The amount of information requiring tracking by a researcher (or delegate) is perceived to be a nuisance The amount of information requiring tracking by a researcher (or delegate) is perceived to be a nuisance –Funding history –Publications –Mentoring –Teaching

4 The Challenges The nuisance factor is primarily in The nuisance factor is primarily in –The need to reenter data in disparate systems eCV systemseCV systems Community of ScienceCommunity of Science NIH biosketchesNIH biosketches Mentoring tablesMentoring tables –The need to incrementally extend with new information

5 Our Approach Be as data-driven as possible Be as data-driven as possible –Couple with existing sources of information wherever possible Publications - MEDLINEPublications - MEDLINE Funding - NIH CRISP, NSF web site, local DSP databaseFunding - NIH CRISP, NSF web site, local DSP database Affiliation, position, etc. - campus LDAP serverAffiliation, position, etc. - campus LDAP server –Provide persistent, reusable forms for information that isn’t otherwise available MentoringMentoring TeachingTeaching

6 Our Approach Be collaborative as possible Be collaborative as possible –Make the data interconnects two-way where possible to mitigate researcher overload in the peer systems as well We are likely to be a primary feed for publication and funding data for the U Iowa eCV projectWe are likely to be a primary feed for publication and funding data for the U Iowa eCV project –Provide live updates to new information as it becomes available

7 Our Approach Be flexible in both capture and generation of related information/documents Be flexible in both capture and generation of related information/documents –We support upload and parsing of PDF versions of the standard NIH biosketch to populate, for instance Education/Training informationEducation/Training information Positions heldPositions held –Parameterized generation of NIH biosketches (font, size, page numbering, …) –Tag library definition for reuse in multiple systems (more on this later)

8 Loki - version 1 Primarily a roster of research interest statements Primarily a roster of research interest statements –Contact information –Photo –Research statement –Researcher-provided keywords –Top 20 MeSH terms from publications

9 Loki - version 1 Browsing access by Browsing access by –Researcher name –Keywords –MeSH terms The initial use case was very much as an alternative to a printed document for use in conjunction with 2006 Carver College of Medicine Research Retreat. The initial use case was very much as an alternative to a printed document for use in conjunction with 2006 Carver College of Medicine Research Retreat.

10 Loki - version 1 Current inventory of 565 research statements Current inventory of 565 research statements CollegeCount Medicine485 Liberal Arts and Sciences 38 Pharmacy19 Other Admin. Units 8 Public Health 7 Business2 Graduate1

11 Loki - version 1 Designed to be self-maintained Designed to be self-maintained –Authentication is managed by campus LDAP service –Successful login is sufficient ‘approval’ to create or edit one’s own research statement –Delegation model allows hand-off to support staff

12 Loki - version 1 Demo! Demo!

13 Loki - version 2 Currently under development Currently under development Extends version 1 into collaboration services Extends version 1 into collaboration services –Free text search –Biosketch management system –Direct access to publication and funding information

14 Loki - version 2 Demo! Demo!

15 Loki Futures Extend information model to include Extend information model to include –Mentoring information - particularly to support training grant proposal tables –Facility descriptions - particularly for inclusion as proposal ‘boilerplate’ –Researcher aggregations - e.g., research labs, centers, etc.

16 Loki Futures Identify the ‘compelling adoption point’ Identify the ‘compelling adoption point’ –When does an environment become the preferred context for day-to-day activity? Evolve the user interface into support for social network functions Evolve the user interface into support for social network functions

17 Technical Issues Loki - version 1 Loki - version 1 –Apache - Tomcat/JSP - JDBC - PostgreSQL Loki - version 2 Loki - version 2 –Initially an extension of the v.1 architecture –Currently being decomposed into autonomous tag libraries Allows for composition with other webapps (e.g., our Annual Progress Reporting system)Allows for composition with other webapps (e.g., our Annual Progress Reporting system)

18 Availability A secondary benefit of the version 2 refactoring is easier deployment in new environments A secondary benefit of the version 2 refactoring is easier deployment in new environments We’ll be offering the system for free use by the consortium members We’ll be offering the system for free use by the consortium members –Stay tuned!

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