Johns Hopkins Puts Expertise Online Publicly with Collexis
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Johns Hopkins University has put its Collexis Holdings Expertise Portal online as a public Web site where individuals can search, sort, and view compiled views of the research conducted by the university and its faculty. Collexis Holdings develops semantic search and knowledge discovery software.
To date, most institutions have limited their systems to internal collaborations. Johns Hopkins has elected to give public access to help promote relationships and translational research with other partnering institutions in the public and private sector.
The university has also contracted with Collexis for an ongoing search engine optimization project designed to make Johns Hopkins researchers more widely read and identified online through search engines such as Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google.
"Collexis' technology is adding significant support to the way Johns Hopkins collects internal and external information and shares it among key researchers, alumni, donors, collaborators, and corporate sponsors," said Bill Kirkland, CEO of Collexis. "Traditional online resume or expert directories require researchers to input and update their own information. Our experience is that these systems are incomplete, and the material they do include is often not updated. Collexis, however, builds profiles for each Johns Hopkins researcher automatically. When a researcher has a new paper published, the system updates their profile overnight - meaning our information stays current."
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.