eThority as a Business Intelligence Solution for VIVO Data
Background
Papers
Grants
Courses
Faculty
eThority provides tools for analysts to
aggregate, tabulate, compute and display
results from data without programming.
Automated creation of databooks eliminates the
need to engage IT following initial set-up.
eThority provides for the creation of dashboards
created by analysts to provide easily updated
and collected analytics appropriate for
particular domains – for example, bibliometrics,
grant productivity. Export of analytic results
(tables, reports and graphics) for use in web
sites and other on-line delivery can also be
automated making eThority part of an
information creation flow – from raw data in
VIVO to finished analytics on web sites.
Research organizations invest in infrastructure
and services to investigators in order to create
more productive environments for the
generation of new knowledge and the
translation of new knowledge to improved
practice. The National Institutes of Health
require their Clinical and Translational Science
Awardees1 (CTSAs) to evaluate the effectiveness
of their investments on the research
environment.
At the University of Florida, eThority2 is used to
provide business intelligence regarding
published papers, grants awarded and courses
taught by faculty who have received support
from the Clinical and Translational Science
Institute and those who have not.
eThority is a general purpose business
intelligence tool. Together with VIVO3, UF can
collect, represent and summarize data leading
to improved decision making regarding research
strategy.
Figure 1. Papers by UF faculty 2008-2012 . HSC
includes Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing,
Public Health and Health Professions and Veterinary
Medicine
Figure 2. Awards made to UF faculty 2008-2012.
Awards include internal and external, research and
training, federal, non-federal, private
Figure 3. Course sections taught by UF faculty since
2008. One course, for example “ECON 101” may
have many sections in an academic term.
Spring 2009
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The results presented here are preliminary. UF
continues to add data to VIVO and improve the
quality of the university’s information about
research.
CHM2046
General
Chemistry 2
CHM2045
General
Chemistry 1
ENC3254
Professional
Writing
ENC1102
Argument and
Persuasion
Data
Data in VIVO is extracted using SPARQL queries
to create eThority databooks. Databooks are
created for papers, investigators, grants,
courses, human research studies. Derived
attributes are added and databooks joined to
provide analytic databooks for tabulation and
display. The creation of databooks from VIVO is
fully automated. Analysts have access to
current data each day. See Conlon, et al4 for a
description of VIVO data at the University of
Florida.
Analytics
Figure 5. Papers by UF faculty appearing in 10
journals with the highest average citation count.
Mike Conlon, Alicia Turner, Will Collante
UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Figure 6. Dollars awarded to UF faculty 2008-2012.
Award amount is direct plus F&A. For multi-year
awards, the total amount for the multi-year period is
counted in the year of the award.
Figure 4. UF faculty . Includes tenure and nontenured track, emeritus and postdocs.
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute is
expanding its efforts to use business intelligence
to assess the impact of its efforts on the
research environment, and the impact of
biomedical research on health care and health.
Human subject studies will be added, along with
participant counts. Data from the pilot award
program, research help desk, voucher program,
and billing of services to investigators will be
added. VIVO will contain data on trainees and
mentoring relationships providing further
information for analysis and display using
eThority.
Spring 2010
Spring 2011
STA2023 Intro to ENC3254
Statistics
Professional
Writing
CHM2046
STA2023 Intro to
General
Statistics
Chemistry 2
ENC3254
LAW6930
Professional
Selected Legal
Writing
Problems
CHM2045
CHM2046
General
General
Chemistry 1
Chemistry 2
BSC2010
BSC2010
Principles of
Principles of
Biology Lab
Biology Lab
Figure 7. Most common course sections by year and
part of the university. Exported to Excel and Word
Next Steps
References
Clinical and Translational Science Awards.
https://www.ctsacentral.org/ Accessed August 11, 2012.
2eThority Home Page. http://www.ethority.com/ Accessed August
11, 2012.
3Börner, K, Conlon, M, Corson-Rikert, JR and Ding, Y (eds) VIVO: A
Semantic Approach to Scholarly Networking and Discovery.
2012. Morgan & Claypool. ISBN13 9781608459933.
4Conlon, M, Barnes, CP, Sposato, V, Rejack, N, Schmidt, E, Collante,
W, Guazzelli, L, Williams, S and Raum, N. Implementation of
VIVO at the University of Florida. 2012. Conference Poster.
VIVO 2012 conference.
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Figure 8. Count faculty by cohorts. Define cohorts
by grant and publication activity.
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eThority as a Business Intelligence Solution for VIVO Data