Georgia State University has partnered with Academic Analytics to assist the institution’s understanding of research activity and discovery/exploration of research happening at GSU. Using Academic Analytics, we developed Faculty Insight and Georgia State Scholars.
Georgia State Scholars is a publicly available tool for those in and outside GSU to explore scholarly activity being carried out at the university. The data behind the site is sourced from Faculty Insight, which faculty can use to tailor how their profile appears to the public. Potential students, potential collaborators, members of the press, and other members of the public can use this site to find research activities and faculty of interest to them.
Faculty Insight empowers students, faculty, and staff at GSU to explore scholarly activities being undertaken at the university. Faculty members can uncover public and private funding opportunities and potential collaborators that span discipline, campus location, and academic age, providing faculty with a competitive advantage when applying for federal research resources. The platform provides faculty users with a pre-populated faculty profile page, a profile editing tool with which to add additional scholarly activity, and a list of targeted funding opportunities- all in one integrated, intuitive interface.
Faculty Insight is a search tool that enables scholars to find targeted funding opportunities and experts at their institution. Scholar profiles are pre-populated with recent activity data sourced from Academic Analytics. This includes articles, books, grants, awards, conference proceedings, and patents. Georgia State University supplements Faculty Insight data collected by Academic Analytics with additional faculty activity sourced from Digital Measures.
The keyword search uses natural language processing techniques and targeted algorithms to compare keyword(s) against profile data and identify relevant scholars and grant opportunities.
Academic Analytics generates a set of key research terms for each scholar by comparing productivity data for a given scholar against all available productivity data. The more times a term appears in a specific scholar’s productivity data, relative to the number of times the term appears in all productivity data in the collection, the more closely associated the term is to the scholar.
The purpose of Faculty Insight is to facilitate research and collaboration among scholars at Georgia State University. Faculty Insight does not contain any evaluative metrics or benchmark data and the use of Faculty Insight as an evaluative tool is prohibited by the current Guidelines for Use of Academic Analytics at Georgia State University.
Scholars can edit their profiles by going to "Edit Profile" in the top right corner in Faculty Insight. To add or edit a Research Summary, Research Interest, or Keywords, click the edit icon (pencil and paper) in the top left of the My Profile window. To add academic activity not currently shown in your profile, please ensure that all activity has been entered in Digital Measures. Scholars may request changes to Academic Analytics sourced data by clicking the source link and sending an email to the product quality team.
Records entered into one of five screens in Digital Measures are transferred to Faculty Insight. Each screen has certain parameters to determine if a given record is included in the transfer, or filtered out. Below is information on each of these screens.
Records entered into this screen in Digital Measures are transferred to Faculty Insight if they have a status of Published, Accepted/Forthcoming/In Press, Electronic Publication Only, Electronic Pre-Publication, or Developed/Implemented – Software.
Most contribution types are transferred over, but we have chosen to filter out things with labels like facebook post, twitter post, manuscript, cited research, etc. These were types that we could anticipate faculty not wanting to appear in a public profile. But, there are likely others, and faculty can now use the display settings to control this directly themselves.
Note that there are fewer categories in Faculty Insight than there are contribution types in Digital Measures. All types that are transferred are recoded and mapped onto the categories found in Faculty Insight (for example, records labeled as book reviews in Digital Measures appear as articles in Faculty Insight).
Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research
Records entered into this screen in Digital Measures are transferred if they have a status of ‘Funded’. All types of records here are recoded and appear as grants in Faculty Insight. The amount displayed corresponds to the ‘Total award amount’ entered into DM.
Awards and Honors
All records entered into this screen in Digital Measures are transferred and labeled as awards.
Intellectual Property (e.g., copyrights, patents)
All records tagged as patents in this screen are included in the transfer.
Artistic and Professional Performance and Exhibits
Records entered into this screen are included in the transfer if they have a status of Accepted/Invited/Commissioned, Exhibited/Performed/Executed/Recorded/Published or if no status is selected.
The types of activity selected in Digital Measures are recoded into more broad categories in Faculty Insight (for example, Novel in Digital Measures is grouped into the category Literary/Critical Work in Faculty Insight).
The display setting function allows you to limit the visibility of items that are from Digital Measures that you do not want visible in a public profile. You can change the display settings for each item in your Works tab by using a drop-down menu that is located at the far right of an item’s section on the screen. There are three display options: Public, Internal and Private. The default setting for all items is public.
*Public means that an item is visible to everyone on Faculty Insight as well as the public-facing Georgia State Scholars website.
*Internal means that an item will only be visible on Faculty Insight (i.e., people with GSU accounts).
*Private means that only you can see an item, and it will not be visible to others on Faculty Insight or the public-facing Georgia State Scholars website.
Scholar profile keywords are matched to funding opportunity data from a third-party funding database. Grant opportunities are updated daily and contain roughly 40,000 open funding opportunities from over 10,000 public and private entities.
The notifications feature gives faculty the option to receive email notifications containing information on:
- targeted funding opportunities keyed to their research interests
- search activity within Faculty Insight related to them and their research interests
- collaboration opportunities
Faculty will not receive any of this content unless they enable notifications in their Faculty Insight account (i.e., they must opt in for emails to be sent). They can do this by going to the main menu and clicking on the Notifications section, and this will open up options to adjust the settings for what type of notifications they will receive and how frequently, as well as adjust privacy settings for what colleagues see about their own searches.