The ONE Step to join the Collaborative Partnership:
All universities and institutions which produce academic and research intellectual products have the following expertise and research related resources within their organizations:
- persons with expertise
- technologies and patents
- research centers
- laboratories and research groups
- research facilities
These resources should be easily available on each entity's respective websites for public consumption and collaboration. By establishing a few "core" data elements common for each research resource, the Collaborative Partnership can identify, search and associate these resources into a virtual storefront for multiple universities and entities. It simply takes an entity to identify and organize their data to the CDD (Collaborative Data Dictionary), a.k.a. "the core" and make it available for the Collaborative Partnership to have read only access or provide results in XML to the partnership. The Collaborative Partnership has downloadable tools and documentation to assist in the connectivity. Technically, this process takes a very low level of skill and does not require any additional hardware.
There are three different methods for joining the Partnership in order for each entity to have the needed flexibility to best accomodate their current resources:
Option 1: If an entity already has search mechanisms established for their expertise and research related resources available internally, the search results can be provided to the Collaborative Partnership as show in the Basic Search Integration example. This requires an extremely low level mapping of the Collaborative Data Dictionary (Basic CDD and Basic+ CDD) and may be accomplished in a number of hours.The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Ft. Worth joined by employing this option to their existing faculty search page.
Option 2: If a university's research resources are already stored in a database (or multiple databases throughout their enterprise), the translation to the CDD is extremely easy. A graduate student (or person of equal technical skill) of the entity maps the CDD schema to the databases and translates their common data elements to the CDD. Once complete, the university can either create an internal search and provided it to the Collaborative Partnership as explained in Option 1 above or provide us with a read-only access to their data so that the search can be performed by the Collaborative Partnership. The university is then included in the Collaborative Partnership and all of its resources are searchable for collaboration.
Option 3: Alternatively, if an entity does not currently have their resources (data) meaningfully organized as noted above, The University of Texas at Arlington has developed a new model and tool that utilizes open source tools, is easy to use, and fully integrated with the CDD to maximize a university's exposure within the Collaborative Partnership called the Profile System (rSp) and is available for licensing. The Profile System was built to organize and market intellectual assets and resources for entities. It is in part a content management system, information repository and web page builder with the goal of saving individual (faculty) and entities time and resources. For example, individuals can update profiles (all types) in real time, upload files (publications, works, reports, syllabi etc.), assign proxies (i.e. grad student/admin etc.), automatically generate CVs, Biosketches and performance evaluations and much more. Administration would have the ability to generate performance measures and reports etc. The Profile System is completely flexible and adaptable to any entities business practices, security requirements, process etc. and provides the entity control of their own information while reducing duplication. Cost savings should be realized as employee time, 3rd party vendors/subscriptions etc. may be eliminated or minimized. To learn more about the Profile System or arrange a presentation, call Jeremy Forsberg, Director, 817-272-3657. The University of Texas at Pan American downloaded the Profile System and have been implementing it at their institution with little to no assistance from the those that developed the program. Because the Profile System utilizes open source technologies, UTPA adapts the profile system for their own practices, security requirements, and tailor it to their own needs. The Profile System works "out of the box" and is very well documented.
If desired, consulting services are available at cost for implementing any of the three options above. However, for the three options above, The Collaborative Partnership provides tools for entities to join using their own resources. The connectivity is meant to join many without dependencies.
It is very important to note the following points for how an entity joins the partnership utilizing the three options above:
- Information is NOT stored outside the entity. The information belongs with the authenticating source (the entity) and should be updated and controlled by the source/employer. The entity is able to continue to apply it's own security, business practices, and output searchable by the Partnership. The partnership simply gives the standard to allow for more defined and focused searches for the experts within an entity to find each other and the resources necessary to collaborate.
- Each partnering entity controls what is searchable by the partnership. The entity has complete control over their own data and controls their own proprietary information.
- A full translation to the CDD is not necessary. Information can be connected as it becomes available by the entity.
- Each entity partner can have their own search page to pull search results with whatever weights/rankings they want to employ. For example, a university could have their own Collaborative Partnership Search page (with the ability to pull information throughout the world from other partnering entities) and provide search results with their own information a high rank over other entities (because the visitor is searching from the entity's site). This could be done to provide higher ranking of search results from the partnership for technologies, sources from universities from within their university system, their state, etc.
Tools, Services and Subscription to the Partnership:
- Inclusion of the entity's resources and expertise into the Collaborative Partnership for collaboration.
- Location and geographic proximity of the entity's expertise and resources using Google map api.
- All employee's are authenticated users for the Collaborative Funding Network.
- Access to the search results of The Collaborative Partnership allowing for the entity to create their own portal to display results. For example, the entity can create their own home page on their own servers to bring visitors or their own faculty to search the resources and expertise within the Partnership with the ability to increase the rankings of their own resources in resulting searches.
- Automatic updates to the many features in development.
Types of Entities to Join the Partnership
Any entity interested in or which produces research and scholarly activity should join the Partnership:
- Universities, Institutions, and Community Colleges
- Chambers of Commerce, Cities, Business Incubators
- State Governments
- Federal Laboratories
- Consortia of Universities, Industry, and government agencies
- High Tech Industries