OpenSocial Gadget Contest

Adding new features to Profiles and/or VIVO

Expand links (URLs) from citations to open access and data sharing repositories

Proposal Status: 

The current Profiles system only allows adding links (URLs) from citations entered manually, not through the automated PubMed feature.  Allowing faculty to add multiple links to each publication would be useful.  It would be even more useful to add tools to add links to open access and secure data sharing repositories.  In particular, these should link to open access repositories and supplementary materials or resources.  UCSF and other institutions have open access publication policies in which faculty are now required to give publishers limited licenses to their work instead of unlimited copyright. Data sharing requirements also exist for federally funded studies; links to secure data repositories or documents describing how to access the data would be helpful.  Some projects develop software programs, questionnaire instruments, training manuals, or other important research resources which journals may not publish due to space considerations or may not provide information or links to more details.


In addition, the PubMed citation list in Profiles should pull and display the PubMedCentral identification numbers (PMCIDs) that are assigned when the publication is deposited into the National Institutes of Health Manuscript System (NIHMS) open access repository, as required by federal law for federally supported research.   Having this information in Profiles would be very helpful for preparing biosketches for NIH Progress Reports and new grant applications.


This is a good idea, and might be best implemented as a core Profiles feature.

Agreed. These features seem to be integral pieces of system development, not so much a "gadget". However, the gadget could be something like an altmetric display for the researcher's productivity (e.g. displaying counts of PMID journal articles, DOIs for datasets and other pieces of 'gray literature') 

yes, that's a great addtion to my initial suggestions of enhanced functionality.  adding something like Web of Science's h-index would be very helpful too. building off your idea about gray literature, adding some way to count or link to things like policy papers that cite one's literature would be an excellent way to document T2 / T3 dissemination and uptake.

As a result of technical feasibility review conducted by the Virtual Home team at CTSI, this proposal was considered beyond the technical scope for implementing it as an OpenSocial gadget. On behalf of Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UCSF, thank you for participating in this contest.

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