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Titus Schleyer, Center for Dental Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh

When: Friday, March 19, 2010, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: 501 IS Building

Digital Vita: Facebook for Scientists

Abstract: Identifying collaborators is an increasingly difficult challenge for scientists in an age of growing collaboration in biomedical research. The goal of this project was to design and implement a system for identifying potential collaborators within the six schools at the Health Sciences Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Using a multi-method approach, we developed Digital Vita (DV), a scientific social networking system based on faculty CVs. DV allows researchers to manage their complete CVs, output CV information in a variety of formats, build their social network manually as well as automatically, and maintain and route multiple versions of NIH biosketches. DV is integrated into a scientist’s workflow, reduces work through automatic data acquisition and network effects, and provides secondary benefits. It may be well positioned to serve as a complement to more traditional approaches for identifying collaborators.

Bio: Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD, is an internationally known researcher in the field of dental informatics. He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Dental Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1997, Dr. Schleyer has been a recipient of a training grant for dental informatics from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. Schleyer conducts research in dental computer applications funded by the National Institutes of Health and publishes regularly on dental informatics topics in major journals. In 2009, Dr. Schleyer was elected to the American College of Medical Informatics.


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