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Share your international research with the world

October 09, 2014
Image credit: Pui Shiau

The world is waiting to see what Stanford faculty are doing in the world. What research is taking place that is changing peoples’ lives? Conversely, how can faculty share their innovative, entrepreneurial, award-winning research with the world? The answer lies in Stanford Profiles.

In 2011, the School of Medicine launched the Community Academic Profiles (CAP) website, as an internal Linked-In type of website to promote academic and social networking among faculty, students and staff. A university initiative to expand the CAP website to other units on campus has been under way for the past year. Early adopters include the School of Engineering, the School of Earth Sciences, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Woods Institute for the Environment. Most recently, the School of Humanities and Sciences also has joined the initiative and its goal is to have its entire faculty on Stanford Profiles within a year.

So, for those of you who may not be familiar with Stanford Profiles, it is a Stanford-only website that automates data imports from University sources, such as PeopleSoft, StanfordWho, Axess, and Stanford University Libraries (SUL). After it populates information from these sources, you can then keep your profile as robust and as current as you’d like. It has the potential to be the single place to maintain your scholarly research output at Stanford, thus giving you and your administrators more time to devote to academic pursuits

Still not sure how this might be beneficial for you? In conjunction with Stanford Web Services, the Office of International Affairs has developed a web application that allows departmental administrators to extract information from profiles for use on departmental website. This means that one day when you make a change in your Stanford Profile, your school, department, or lab websites could automatically be updated to reflect these changes.

Furthermore, for those faculty members who conduct international research, projects entered into your profile will “get you on the map,” the GoGlobal map to be precise. Go Global aggregates international research, learning, news and events from across the university, providing an easy place to see what Stanford is doing in the world. It also makes it possible for you to see which faculty at other schools on campus may be working in same geographical region as your own research and make it easier to network with faculty in disciplines other than your own.

So how do you know whether or not your international projects are displaying in your CAP profile, Stanford Profiles and Go Global? It’s all a matter of ensuring that data input into the correct fields of your profile. To save time with data input, users will want to have the following information readily available for each project:

  • Project Title* (required)
  • Description
  • Institution (E.g., Stanford University or collaborator, if relevant)
  • Date Range
  • Geographical Location* (required): input a country name, for multiple countries, enter each country separated by a comma

HOW TO ADD A PROJECT

  • Log into your Stanford profile (https://profiles.stanford.edu/)
  • Click “edit my profile” at the top right of the page
  • Click "add profile detail" and a dropdown menu will appear
  • Click “Project”
  • Fill in all the fields as listed
  • Click "Save"

HOW TO ENSURE YOUR VISIBILITY SETTINGS ARE PUBLIC

  • Click "Profile visibility settings"
  • Click "Public" in the dropdown menu for all fields
  • Click “Save”

HOW TO DESIGNATE A MAINTAINER

  • Log into your Stanford profile (https://profiles.stanford.edu/)
  • Click “edit my profile” at the top right of the page
  • Go to blue box above the "Affiliations" field
  • Insert the SUNetID of someone you want to be able to edit your profile (i.e., your departmental administrator)
  • Click “Submit”
  • You will be asked to verify the identity of the person who will be your additional maintainer
  • Click "Save"