Open Profile Services


Does your institution rely on static, out-of-date profiles to showcase their researcher expertise? Save them from profile fatigue with an automatically updating, rich, linked, open profile system.

Select from the world’s leading open profile platforms

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Profiles Research Networking Software

Profiles RNS* is an NIH-funded open source tool to speed the process of finding researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration and professional networking. Profiles RNS automatically imports and analyses data to build and maintain a searchable database of individual public profiles, creating an effective social networking resource for research collaboration.

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VIVO Network

VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell University. By populating it with researcher interests, activities and accomplishments, it enables the discovery and collaboration of research across disciplines from multiple universities around the world. It also provides an intuitive and rich public profile for researchers at an institution.

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Install a local or hosted instance

We will recommend an instance configuration depending on institutional requirements. The installation of these instances are included in our service along with the integration of any authentication protocols (such as Shibboleth) already present at the institution.

Import/migrate data from systems

Our team will identify a means of developing a regular import of faculty data from an existing institutional system to ensure all active researchers are included on the institutional open profiles system.

Configure and brand

Due to the customisable nature of both VIVO and Profiles RNS, we will mutually agree a set of customisation tasks to ensure that it meets internal requirements and conforms to institutional branding. After an initial configuration and optimisation of rights/permissions, our team will incrementally deliver these customisations to minimise any downtime.

Provide training and support

After initial training, on-going support is provided via our online helpdesk. This includes the resolution of any bugs/issues affecting a production instance and an annual upgrade to the latest version of the open profiles software.

Zero to VIVO in 7 Days

This is a brand new open profiles service we provide for Elements customers; populating an entire institutional VIVO profiles system in just a week. Check out our presentation to read how it was used at the University of Cambridge.

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