Research Networking commonly employs online applications to discover and use research and scholarly information about people and resources. RN applications, also known as tools (RN tools), serve as knowledge management systems for the researchers regardless of whether the researchers that use them work in academic institutions, foundations, government, or in industry.
- RN tools connect institutional systems, broad research networks, public research data, and restricted data by collecting accessible information from a wide range of sources and then they aggregate and organize the information as expertise profiles for faculty, investigators, scholars, clinicians, community partners, and facilities.
- RN tools help people find and create new collaborations and enable team science to address new or existing research challenges by making information about researchers, expertise, and resources rapidly accessible and searchable.
- BU Profiles, the BU Research Networking system, is a web-based tool that can help you build a professional research network and locate research expertise resources. It enables individuals (either internal or external to Boston University) to locate researchers by subject matter keyword or by First or Last Name, Institution, Department, Division, Faculty Type, etc. both inside BU and at participating academic centers across the nation.
- BU Profiles represents a new way to network and collaborate, find potential mentors, search for relevant panel members and advisory board expertise, evaluate research trends by investigator, and broadly surveys the community at large.
- BU Profiles offers traditional contact information while also revealing how individuals are connected to others in the larger research community by providing sophisticated, but user-friendly, data-mining tools. BU Profiles is brought to the BU community by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (BU CTSI).