OpenSocial Gadget Contest

Adding new features to Profiles and/or VIVO


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The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF sponsored a competition for new feature ideas to accelerate research via research networking software products (e.g., Profiles or VIVO or other OpenSocial-enabled research networking tool).

Three winners have been selected and will receive a new iPad (3rd generation). In addition,

  • UCSF will build the feature, and donate it to the research community as free open source code, so you can install it at your institution (compatible with all versions of VIVO and Profiles that support OpenSocial)
  • The winning apps will be a featured download in the app library at Open Research Networking Gadgets (
  • Winners will have attribution in the software, and be recognized at applicable national conferences such as the annual CTSA Informatics meeting

Proposals (23 total)


Publication Formatting

Proposal Status: 

Formatting proposal:  To format publication entries to resemble similar format as PubMed's more closely, clearly delineating publication title, author, etc. with bold, and underlines.


Impact:  Allows easier gleaning of information (title and author) for consistent viewing from profiles to PubMed.

Education and Training Field

Proposal Status: 

Feature: Add fields similar to Honors and Awards, but for Education and Training.  Listing the following by dates:

Education and Training
Medical School
Medical License


Impact:  Shares education, training, degrees, experience with similar background.

Twitter Widget

Proposal Status: 

I think it'd be useful to add a widget for faculty and staff to share Twitter feeds through Profiles, especially folks who maintain and manage social media across the University.  Perhaps even a way to pull the information at UCSF centrally, a sort of Twitter hub using Profiles as the primary source of data.  


"deep text" searchable "Narrative" and "Faculty Mentoring" fields

Proposal Status: 

I have been promoting and using this tool predominately as a mechanism to connect mentees with career mentors within our home department.  Of course those who are interested in serving as career mentors must create specific text in both their "Narrative" and "Faculty Mentoring" fields of their profile.  These paragraphs provide a rich source of information about mentors beyond whatever words appear in their publication titles, keywords, etc.  For example, mentors can elect to disclose things about their personal life (e.g.

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

Adding "Mentoring Outreach" or "Collaboration Outreach" Star Rating

Proposal Status: 

Some sites like Yahoo Answers, the Microsoft Developers' product reviews and Yelp reviews, rate members based on frequency or helpfulness of their suggestions or reviews.

CTSI Data Autofeeds - Great Resources for Other UCSF Sites

Proposal Status: 

The automated CTSI data feed (and the UCSF Profiles mini-search feed) are very useful but not necessarily well-known features. The first feature auto-feeds live data from Pubmed publication lists and other UCSF resources into pages hosted on departmental or other UCSF websites. The second links from UCSF pages into UCSF Profiles. 

Cross platform research query

Proposal Status: 

·Research scientists want to know what others have done or are doing in order to strengthen their knowledge base.
·Research information resides in various publications/data sets hosted in a variety of public or private domains.

Citation alert using data from Microsoft Academic Research

Proposal Status: 

Give profiled researchers a list, in order of recency, of citations to their publications as listed in their profile. Use Microsoft Academic Research's API to do so.

At present, the only way to know this information is to sign up using Scopus or Web of Knowledge. Google Scholar also has a tool but their author disambiguation is relatively weak.