URMC Research Network

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Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions about the URMC Research Network. This is a list of frequently asked questions that may help you understand more about the software.

Where does the data come from?
The faculty information displayed on the website comes from several sources including eCV, the SMD Dean’s Office, and PubMed.
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Who is included in the URMC Research Network website?
All people with a faculty appointment in the URMC School of Medicine and Dentistry are included in the URMC Research Network website except for those with only a “Primary Administrative” appointment.
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Why can't I see my Co-Author Network Visualization on my Apple iPad or iPhone?
Currently, for our initial presentation of the URMC Research Network, the Co-Authors Network Radial Visualization, found on the Radial View Tab of the Co-Authors Network, is an Adobe Flash-based technology which Apple's iOS products do not currently support. We hope to provide an alternative implementation of that visualization in a future release.
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How do I fix incorrect information on a page?
Most of the information displayed on a researcher’s profile page comes directly from the eCV system. Researchers or their designated representatives can log in to eCV (log into eCV) while on the URMC network and can update any of the following items:
  • Overview
  • Awards and Honors
  • Photo
Contact the SMD Dean’s Office for any updates to the following items:
  • Name or Preferred Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Title
  • Institution
  • Department
Note: The researcher’s primary faculty appointment is shown first on the page. Contact the URMC Department of Web Services by submitting a support ticket while on the URMC network for any other issues or for incorrect publications.
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Why are there missing or incorrect publications in my research profile?
Publications are added both automatically from PubMed and via the faculty's eCV "accepted" publication list. Because there is no unique identifier for authors in PubMed, a complex algorithm is used to find articles from PubMed while attempting to minimize the number of publications incorrectly added to a profile. However, this may result in some missing publications. Some of the most common causes for missing publications may be:
  • Researchers with common names
  • Researchers who have changed their names since they published
  • Publications by researchers while they were at other institutions and that are not listed as accepted pubs in eCV
To minimize missing or incorrect publications, we encourage faculty to keep their eCV updated and our Research Network will pull this information on a regular basis. The URMC Research Network relies on a “Disambiguation Engine” provided by Harvard which uses a sophisticated algorithm to determine a person’s PubMed publications. The disambiguation engine is updated periodically, but newer PubMed publications that are not yet in the system will not be imported into the URMC Research Network until they are first imported into Harvard’s disambiguation engine.
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Can I edit my keywords, co-authors, or list of similar people?
These are derived automatically from the PubMed articles listed with your profile. You cannot edit these directly, but you can improve these lists by keeping your publications up to date in eCV). Keyword rankings and similar people lists are based on algorithms that weigh multiple factors, such as how many publications you have in a subject area compared to the total number of faculty who have published in that area and how long ago the articles were written.
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How long before new faculty are included in the URMC Research Network?
Generally within one month after the faculty appointment has been processed. Keep in mind that new faculty should enter editable information in eCV as soon as their appointment has been processed.
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Why does the website respond slowly at times?
The URMC Research Network is built upon a Semantic Web framework that creates database tables with tens of millions of records. The semantic web's use of triples is extremely powerful for searching and deriving knowledge of relationships between objects, however the amount of data that supports this robust approach results in performance that is sometimes slower than we prefer
Efforts are underway to improve the speed of the website through the use of cache tables and native triplestore databases. Such efforts will take some time to implement, so it may be a while before this website's performance improves significantly.
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What are the benefits of this website?
By illustrating how each researcher is connected to others in the broader URMC research community, the URMC Research Network website provides many important uses including the following:
  • Provides network visualization diagrams and information that can be included in grant applications to show relationships between the faculty on the grant.
  • Supports the federated search of research across more than 40 institutions (e.g., DIRECT)
  • Helps to identify interdisciplinary research opportunities.
  • Automatically associates relevant MeSH terms with researchers based upon their publications. This allows us to create a “Find a Researcher” tool and to automatically display researchers throughout the website anywhere information relevant to the researcher is displayed.
  • Explores the use of cutting edge Semantic Web techniques for making better use of vast repositories of data.
  • Sets the platform for potential cross-discipline collaboration on future grants.
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