UOC hackathons, a tool for improving researchers’ digital identity

Subject:  Multidisciplinary
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During their meetings, the team from the Library and the Knowledge Transfer and Research Support Office answer FAQs on author profiles and identifiers and on the Researchers' Website, known as the GIR.

The term hackathon is a portmanteau formed by the words hacker and marathon that has its origin in computer programming. It is a group experience where the participants work together on a common project.

In the case of the UOC, the aim is to raise the visibility of the University’s scientific production with initiatives that help improve researchers’ digital identity. Consequently, during hackathons, the Library team and the Knowledge Transfer and Research Support Office respond to the main concerns of research personnel.

To date, three hackathons have been held, with the Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences (17 January), the Faculty of Economics and Business (5 March) and the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences (10 April).

The following are the main questions that arose in the sessions:

I have a dual profile on Google Scholar Citations (GSC). Why and what can I do?

If you already have a GSC profile with a personal account (not your UOC one), when you access the platform again from the UOC, the institutional email will generate a new one. You just have to delete one of the two profiles and, after a few days, the system will update the details automatically with the publications and citations of the deleted profile. Until the old profile disappears, we recommend that you disable the option to make it public so that it can’t be viewed.

I had an account in ResearcherID and they've sent me an email telling me it's disappearing. What does this mean? Do I have to do anything?

The ResearcherID author profile on Web of Science (WoS) was integrated into the Publons website on 15 April. If you have a researcher profile created on ResearcherID, accounts are migrated automatically. Researchers who do not have a WoS identifier and have at least one of their publications indexed have to register with Publons to obtain this identifier. Find out more.

Why is it important to keep my CV up-to-date on the GIR?

If you keep your CV up-to-date on GIR and you've given your ORCID identifier, all your publications will appear on the Catalan Research Website (PRC). This way, you'll considerably increase the visibility of your scientific production.

Internally, publications entered into the GIR will appear on the UOC institutional websites, feature in the research reports, be taken into account in internal assessment processes and be disseminated by the various institutional communication channels and social media.

Similarly, once the bibliographic reference of a publication has been validated on the GIR, the Library will upload it to the Bibliometrics tool and add the relevant indicators to it (impact factor, number of citations, etc). This enables the article's impact to be evaluated.

I've created an account in ORCID. Do I have to enter all my publications manually?

The ORCID website allows synchronization with WoS through Publons or Scopus. This way, you can add your publications' bibliographic references automatically. You can also import publications from databases such as PubMed and Crossref, providing you have a DOI (digital object identifier). If you have a Google Scholar profile or publications indexed on Dialnet, you have the option of importing them from BibTeX files.