Have questions about Loki? Click on the questions below to find answers. If you have further questions, be sure to contact us.
- What is Loki?
- I already have another electronic research profile (COS, etc.), why should I use Loki too?
- What does a Loki profile look like?
- How do I create a research profile using Loki?
- What do I need to create my own research profile?
- Why can't I edit my profile?
- Why do some items automatically appear in my profile while others do not?
- Is all of my information put out there for the whole world to see?
- Why can't I add delegates from multiple departments?
- How do I change the way my name displays in Loki?
- Who do I talk to if I have questions about Loki?
What is Loki?
Loki is a web-based networking application receiving significant attention within the CSTA consortium. This application provides easy access to a vast array of investigators' research profiles, fueling collaborations both within and across disciplines and research interests. Fully integrated with PubMed, Loki automatically revises your publication lists on a daily basis, so you don't waste valuable time trying to do it yourself. Loki's search engine automatically supplies MeSH terms, and also allows you the opportunity to enter in your own unique key words and key word combinations, leading to higher visibility and more powerful collaborations.
Loki's additional benefits include:
- Your profile becomes highly visible through the campus search interface.
- You can easily create and manage one or more email-ready/printable NIH biosketches.
- Your profile scores high on popular search engines like Google and Bing.
- Loki's support for search and concept-based browsing provides an excellent means of exploring the interests of your fellow researchers and identifying potential collaborators.
In the near future, our Loki system will end the hardship associated with tracking mentor/mentee relationships by allowing easy access to up-to-date information. Loki will also allow researchers to learn about on-campus facilities and projects. Finally, Loki will also ease the CV updating process by automatically adding available information from the database.
I already have another electronic research profile (COS, etc.), why should I use Loki too?
At first glance Loki may appear similar to other on-line applications. It provides easy access to researchers' profiles and provide information necessary for fostering collaborations with individuals sharing similar research interests. However, we believe Loki provides several advantages:
- The Loki system is fully integrated with The University of Iowa database system which helps keep your information current. For instance , your campus address and phone number automatically appear in the correct fields and you merely have to click on the field to accept this information. Grant and financial support information is also fully integrated and is automatically added to your profile. Other applications do not automatically provide this information, leading the researcher to spend valuable time typing this info into individual fields and cutting and pasting more than they have to if they use Loki.
- Loki is also integrated with PubMed, so researchers do not have to manually revise their research profiles each time a new article is added to PubMed. Instead, this information automatically appears in a researcher's profile approximately one day after it appears on PubMed. A researcher using other applications ends up having to manually update publication material every time he or she publishes a new article. If you don't manually update COS every few months, your profile can become quickly out dated.
- Loki allows researchers to add and use their own key word options to power the search application; thus allowing for advanced key word combinations. This search and concept-based browsing option provides an excellent means for exploring the interests of your fellow researchers and identifying potential collaborators.
- Loki provides an easy-to-use down-loadable PDF so you can share and print one or more NIH biosketches. Loki helps your profile score highly on popular search engines like Google and Bing. It makes a user visible to multiple communities because it has a public profile feature. COS, and other applications like it, do not allow an open search, so a user must be logged-in to view a profile. Therefore, Google and Bing can not 'crawl' profile information and limits visibility.
What does a Loki profile look like?
Click on the following link to view one of over 500 faculty profiles from the University of Iowa.
How do I create a research profile using Loki?
What do I need to create my own research profile?
All you need is approximately five minutes, a picture (optional), and a research statement that you can cut and paste into Loki. We recommend you use a richly detailed research statement, because these details allow you to bubble up through the ranks and ultimately lead to higher visibility. You'll also have the advantage of inserting your own key words to allow more flexible browsing/search options.
Why can't I edit my profile?
You have to be logged-in to edit your profile. If you are logged-in and still can't access your profile, please contact Heath Davis.
Why do some items automatically appear in my profile while others do not?
Items that are integrated with our databases automatically appear and update on a regular basis (e.g. name, address, phone, email, title, MeSH key words, and publications). Items that currently need to be manually entered include education, position, research statement, picture, delegates, and honors.
Is all of my information put out there for the whole world to see?
Your NIH biosketch and any support, grant, trainee, and delegate information is not publicly displayed in any way, shape, or form. Only you and your delegates have access to this information.
Can I add a link to another one of my research profiles?
Yes, you may add a link to another research profile if you'd like. All you have to do is cut and paste the link into your profile.
Why can't I add delegates from multiple departments?
Currently, only delegates from within a single department can be added into the system. In the near future, however, the option will be available to add delegates from multiple departments.
How do I change the way my name displays in Loki?
You may only edit how your name is displayed. You may not edit how your name appears in the database. To edit how your name displays go to the browse profile section and click on edit.
Who do I talk to if I have questions about Loki?
If you encounter problems or have comments and questions pertaining to Loki, please contact Dave Eichmann.