OpenSocial Gadget Contest

Adding new features to Profiles and/or VIVO

Suggestions for improving Profiles

Proposal Status: 

1. Extra Titles
Proposal: Added Extra Titles field may be useful for researcher who have multiple titles, and/or do research in multi-displinary fields. Example: Extra titles may include Vice-chair of a committee, PI of labs, Faculty of multiple department.


2. Research Interests
Proposal: Add a field for Research Interests. This will help in stating clearly the area of research expertise.


3. Expertise/Specialty
Proposal: Add Expertise/Specialty field


4. Narrative links capabilities
Proposal: Allow links in the body of Narrative


These are good suggestions for improvements, however they are related more to the core code and not a gadget or gadgets. (Granted, it's not always clear what pieces are populated by what.)  Also, some of these items are already available and some are coming in the soon-to-be-released upgrade to UCSF Profiles. Following your numbering:

1. Extra titles, where available from the HR data stream that feeds the directory-type data at the top of the profile, are shown. See Dr. Jeff Bluestone or Dr. Deborah Grady.

2. The forthcoming version of Profiles has an "everything" search. So anything entered in a narrative, as Research Interests, or whatever, will be searchable. If we go the route of adding dedicated fields for REsearch Interests, it could be done in the new product' s RDF data structure.

3. Same as #2

4. There is a gadget for links already, we called it "Websites". Granted, it's not in the narrative, which could give some context. But again, this would be a change to the base code - the interface to support links in profile editing and the database. Unfortunately this is not in the forthcoming product, at least not the pre-release versions we've been testing.

Selected comments from Reviewer(s):  "Good ideas.  these are all feature wishes to the core Profiles team already I think. "

On behalf of Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UCSF, thank you for participating in this contest.

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