A researcher may have a primary, home location, e.g., UCSF Profiles, where they've taken care to make sure their profile is accurate and complete. The researcher may also have a secondary profile at another institution, at an independent research lab, at a hospital. Duplicating and keeping an extensive profile containing many publications, grants, patents, etc. would be tedious -- in fact, so tedious that few people would devote the effort.
What if there were a gadget that could be dropped onto the user's profile page that examined a primary and secondary profile and noted the differences (for a visual, think WinDiff or a source code merge tool). When clicked, the gadget could do a merge or "harmonize" the two profiles, note the desired changes, and allow the user to approve. For an empty secondary profile this would essentially be a copy operation, with the exception of links or reference types that may not be supported in common among two systems. Afterwards, this Harmonize Gadget would be used to keep profiles aligned with the fewest number of clicks.
An initial test case could be developed between Profiles, VIVO, and KNODE. KNODE discovers researcher content differently than either VIVO or Profiles. A researcher could claim their KNODE profile, then use the Harmonize Gadget to merge and align the machine generated profile in KNODE with the curated version in Profiles or VIVO. Or a claimed KNODE profile could be used via this gadget to populate a VIVO profile.
This would be based on VIVO RDF retrieved from both systems via the gadget. RDF would make the comparison of content much easier. The merge and update back to each system is probably the biggest, new technical challenge.
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