I would like to propose a tool for representing external collaboration among researchers. An academic may collaborate with researchers at universities other than their own, or with researchers within industry. Currently these interactions are not represented within a single institution's Vivo or Profiles RNS instance. For example, Vivo and Profiles RNS typically display very few collaborations for a researcher new to an institution, even when the researcher is well-connected.
I propose a gadget that allows a researcher to enter the Vivo RDF URI and collaboration type (e.g., co-author, advisor, or advisee) of an external collaborator. It would then automatically populate an "External Collaborators" section on the researcher's profile using the collaborator's RDF. This would have the advantage of enabling new researchers to expand their profiles, and it would allow all researchers to provide a more accurate representation of their work.
Additionally, it may be possible to further extend this gadget by adding external collaborations to the triple tables within the research networking tool. This would serve to add the collaborations to a researcher's RDF, which in turn would be a step towards creating a global distributed VIVO network.
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