Harvard University releases Profiles Research Networking Software as open source

Mar 15, 2010

Harvard University has released Profiles Research Networking Software, a form of social networking and expertise mining technology, to the open source community. Developed with the support of Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, the software is now broadly available to institutions seeking a web-based means of facilitating collaboration among their academic researchers.

Profiles Research Networking Software utilizes advanced algorithms that go beyond the display of directory information to encompass all of the professional connections individuals have accrued through their research communities. Social networks are formed automatically when individuals share common traits such as similar research interests, co-authorship on a publication, appointments in the same department, or offices or laboratories in the same building. The technology aggregates researcher data from numerous source systems including those operated by HR departments, publication data from PubMed, as well as both public and private directories. Individuals have the ability to modify their own profile and expand their social network by adding publications and new contacts that haven't been automatically discovered.

The software was developed under the supervision of Griffin Weber, MD, PhD, Chief Technology Officer of Harvard Medical School and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, with the support of Harvard Catalyst. Harvard Catalyst is funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Research Resources and financial contributions from Harvard University and its affiliated academic healthcare centers.

"The technology has a tremendous amount of potential to assist researchers at other institutions, hence our release of the software to the community," said Weber.

The software was first deployed to connect the faculty of Harvard Medical School, followed by those at the Harvard School of Public Health. It has also been implemented at the University of California, San Francisco, with additional projects planned across a range of both CTSA and non-CTSA sites including the University of Minnesota and Health Sciences South Carolina (including the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, and Clemson University).

Harvard Catalyst remains focused on continued development of Profiles Research Networking Software, and, with Harvard University, has selected Recombinant Data Corp., a healthcare data warehousing and clinical intelligence solutions provider, as an authorized service provider for the software. Recombinant has taken on responsibility for day-to-day software activities including setup, configuration, customization, documentation, and integration services to third parties seeking to implement the technology at their own institution. Recombinant will be principally responsible for coordinating open source contributions, but the overall project is being managed via a governance committee chaired by Dr. Weber that others can join.

Explore further: Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia

More information: For more information on Harvard Catalyst, visit catalyst.harvard.edu .

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Clinical trial will test new HIV/AIDS vaccine

Apr 03, 2008

A phase 1 clinical trial to test a novel HIV/AIDS vaccine has begun at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). This new vaccine aims to overcome the problem of preexisting immunity to common vaccine vectors, which is thought ...

IBM Acquires Gluecode Software

May 10, 2005

IBM today announced it has acquired Gluecode Software, a privately held company based in El Segundo, Calif., and provider of software and support services for open source application infrastructure software. Financial details ...

IBM software safeguards consumer identity on the Web

Jan 26, 2007

IBM today announced software that allows people to hide or anonymize their personal information on the Web, ensuring protection from identity theft and other misuse. Developed by researchers at IBM's laboratory in Zurich, ...

A sensible censor for sharing medical records

Jul 24, 2008

(PhysOrg.com) -- Newly developed MIT software will help to allay patients' fears about who has access to their confidential records, facilitating the use of that data for medical research.

Recommended for you

Researchers jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

2 hours ago

Security researchers at the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) have discovered a way to jailbreak current generation Apple iOS devices (e.g., iPhones and iPads) running the latest iOS software.

Smartphones as a health tool for older adults

3 hours ago

A team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is creating a smartphone app that will help older adults to understand ...

Can you trust that app?

3 hours ago

You're on your smartphone, browsing through Facebook. In a fit of productivity, you search for, say, a project management app to help you use your non-Instagram and cat video time more effectively. You download ...

Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia

Jul 31, 2014

(AP)—Facebook's Internet.org project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online with an app launching Thursday in Zambia.

Body by smartphone

Jul 30, 2014

We love our smartphones. Since they marched out of the corporate world and into the hands of consumers about 10 years ago, we've relied more and more on our iPhone and Android devices to organize our schedules, ...

User comments : 0