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About Profiles Research Networking Software

Introduction

Profiles Research Networking Software (UAMS Profiles RNS) is a networking tool designed to help researchers at UAMS more easily connect with each other through common interests, projects, and specialties. Profiles goes beyond a traditional directory to not only show traditional directory information, but it also illustrates how each person is connected to others in the broad research community.


As you navigate through the website, you will see three types of pages:

Profile Pages

Each faculty member has a system generated profile page that includes biographical and contact information; a list of their most recent grant activity; and a list of their PubMed publications. Faculty can also edit their pages to add additional information such as work within their professional community, awards and honors, teaching and/or clinical activities, and more.

Included on each person's Profile Page is a list of their Networks. Networks are formed automatically when researchers share common traits such as being in the same department, working in the same building, co-authoring the same paper, or researching the same concepts or topics. A preview of a person's networks is shown on the right side of his or her profile.

Network Pages

Network Pages show all the people in a particular Network. Networks are not restricted to just people, networks can be comprised of other information from the database as well. A "concept" network is a list of all the topics a person has written about.

Profiles includes several different ways to view networks, including (from left to right) Concept Clouds, which highlight a person's areas of research; Map Views, which show where a person's co-authors are located; Publication Timelines, which graph the number of publications of different types by year; Radial Network Views, which illustrate clusters of connectivity among related people; and Concept Timelines, which depict how a person's research focus has changed over time.


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Connection Pages

Certain Network Pages will include a "Why?" link. These will take you to a Connection Page, which shows why two people or profiles in that network are connected. For example, the Why link in a co-authorship network lists the publications that two people wrote together. The Connection Pages also reveal why certain people appear higher on search results and why particular concepts are highlighted on a person's profile.