I was the lead developer for BibApp at UW-Madison. BibApp is a neat tool
and worth consideration for Ruby/Solr folk.
However, the project lost momentum at UW because we could not capture
enough data to approach faculty expectations that the database be _truly
comprehensive_. We harvested citation data via APIs, collected paper CVs,
brokered our way into obtaining copies of annual merit review exercises,
but still we could not capture enough publication data. Ultimately, seeing
the amount of staff cost for data collection, for building a
non-comprehensive tool, the library decided to back away.
In the sciences you'll have far better luck, but in the humanities it's a
complete mess. Good luck finding citations for all the public radio
appearances the Chair of the English department expects to see on their
It's an unwinnable war. I still cry at night.
On Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM, Michael J. Giarlo <
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> Have you looked at VIVO yet? http://vivoweb.org/
> It's an open-source project that was initially developed by Cornell and is
> now being incubated by DuraSpace.
> On Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 8:35 AM, Alevtina Verbovetskaya <
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> > Hi guys,
> > Does your library maintain a database of faculty publications? How do you
> > do it?
> > Some things I've come across in my (admittedly brief) research:
> > - RSS feeds from the major databases
> > - RefWorks citation lists
> > These options do not necessarily work for my university, made up of 24
> > colleges/institutions, 6,700+ FT faculty, and 270,000+ degree-seeking
> > students.
> > Does anyone have a better solution? It need not be searchable: we are
> > interested in pulling a periodical report of articles written by our
> > faculty/students without relying on them self-reporting
> > days/weeks/months/years after the fact.
> > Thanks!
> > Allie
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