Digital Vita: The University of Pittsburgh's Research Networking System
Digital Vita (DV), the research networking application developed by the University of Pittsburgh, was implemented in the summer of 2009 at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Center. DV integrates CV management functions with academic social networking and basic research team management and collaboration functions. Departing from the functional design typical for most research networking applications, DV’s functionality is centrally anchored in the workflow of scientists. By providing a system for maintaining CV information and generating NIH biosketches, DV produces records of expertise and social networks as a byproduct. As of November 1, 2011, DV had 815 users (about 40% of the potential user population), with between 20 and 50 new accounts being added each month. Sixty percent of the users logged into the system exclusively on their own, while the remaining 40 % also logged in through delegates (e.g. administrative assistants). CV information maintained by DV has grown steadily over time. By 11/11, DV maintained records for 28,139 publications, 11,495 presentations, 4,081 grants, and 4,376 mentoring and 4,828 teaching activities. Users also had created a total of 770 NIH biosketches. In addition, about 20% of all updates to data were made through automated and semi-automated functions. This presentation will provide an overview of Digital Vita and discuss future plans for the system.