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Getting Started with EKP

Anyone with an active CHOP email address/user ID can request access to EKP by completing a CIRRUS request via the button below. On CIRRUS, search or scroll the catalog for “Expertise Knowledge Platform Access” and complete the request form. You will be notified via email once your request has been reviewed.

Request Access to EKP

Those with access can use their CHOP username and password to log in to EKP anytime. Be sure to use your CHOP username, not your full email address (e.g., “Smith2”, not “[email protected]” ). When working remotely, you must be on the CHOP VPN to access this application.

"Find Experts by Keywords"

Input keywords of interest into EKP’s search bar to generate a report of the CHOP personnel who have authored PubMed articles associated with those keywords (e.g., have authored articles with the keywords in the title/abstract/MeSH terms/other key terms). This dynamic report includes helpful information on each listed individual with tables that can be searched, filtered, sorted, and downloaded as needed. A supplementary results tab including the title, PMID, and other key details of the associated articles (including hyperlinks) is automatically generated.

"Find Works of Specific Experts"

Search for CHOP-based individuals by entering names into EKP's search bar or uploading a CSV file of CHOP usernames to generate a summative report on each person's research expertise, including the CHOP-affiliated PubMed publications they have authored and the CHOP-based NIH grants for which they are Primary Investigator.

MeSH terms, project terms, and other keywords associated with each individual searched are also provided, giving a comprehensive picture of the content areas where they have published. Supplementary results tabs are automatically generated, including the titles and key details of articles and NIH grants associated with these authors – including hyperlinks for easy access.

Note: "Find Works of Specific Experts" is limited in its ability to generate a full picture of an individual researcher - this is not a comprehensive report of individual accomplishments and should not be used for productivity reporting purposes without ample review of the results and supplemental data collection.

EKP’s interface is designed to work like PubMed, utilizing a search bar and AND/OR/NOT search capabilities. While the process is designed to be as simple as possible, we recommend watching the video on how to query EKP using the “Finds Experts by Keywords” as an orientation to the tool.

You can access tools to sort, filter, and save your data in the top right corner of every EKP results page.

  • Use the Search function to search by name, email, or any other term in the table.
  • Use the Download function to get a CSV version of the data. (Note: CSV downloads will contain inactive CHOP users as well as additional data fields not displayed online.)
  • You can also Print (or save) a PDF.
  • Try out the View Columns function to select (or de-select) columns for your report.
  • Use the Filter function to filter results based on publication number, job title, and other relevant columns.
 

Tips for Searching

There are many ways to modify your query to expand or refine your results. A few quick tips are included below:

Parenthesis Placement

You can manually modify the query box at the bottom of EKP home page to add or remove parentheses to modify your search.

Example:

Query Search Behavior
((((trauma) AND accident) OR car) NOT psychological) Returns individuals whose publications contain both “trauma” AND “accident” or contain the word “car.” Omits from this any publications that contain the word “psychological”
((trauma) AND ((accident) OR car) NOT psychological) Returns individuals whose publications contain both “trauma” AND “accident” or contain both the words “trauma” and “car.” Omits from this any publications that contain the word “psychological”

Refine Using "AND"

Use "AND" to refine your search to fewer, more specific experts. You can iteratively edit your query by pressing the "HOME" button from the results page then adding or removing content in the query box.

Example:

Query Search Behavior
(health equity) AND (01/01/2017[pdat]: 02/02/2023[pdat]) Returns 185 people from CHOP
((health equity) AND accessibility) AND (01/01/2017[pdat]: 02/02/2023[pdat]) Returns 10 people from CHOP

Expand Using "OR"

Expand your search by including all versions of a term in your search with the "OR" function. You can iteratively edit your query by pressing the "HOME" button from the results page then adding or removing content in the query box.

Example:

Query Search Behavior
(PTSD) AND (01/01/2017[pdat] : 02/02/2023[pdat]) Returns 92 people
(((PTSD) OR (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)) OR (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)) AND (01/01/2017[pdat]: 02/02/2023[pdat]) Returns 114 people

Refine Using "NOT"

Use "NOT" to refine your search to fewer experts – especially when your term is used across many disciplines. You can iteratively edit your query by pressing the "HOME" button from the results page then adding or removing content in the query box.

Example:

Query Search Behavior
(therapy) AND (08/24/2021[pdat]: 08/24/2023[pdat]) Returns individuals whose publications contain “therapy” in the title, abstract, MeSH terms, or Other Key Terms
((therapy) NOT (“cognitive behavioral”)) AND (08/24/2021[pdat]: 08/24/2023[pdat]) Returns individuals whose publications contain “therapy” but not “cognitive behavioral” in the title, abstract, MeSH terms, or Other Key Terms

Use Quotation Marks to Make Your Search More Specific

Just like searching with an internet browser, adding quotes will ensure that EKP only returns results with your full search query.

Example:

Query Search Behavior
(cellular therapy) AND (01/01/2017[pdat] : 02/02/2023[pdat]) Returns individuals whose publications are associated the term “cellular” and/or the term “therapy”
(“cellular therapy”) AND (01/01/2017[pdat] : 02/02/2023[pdat]) Returns individuals whose publications are associated with the term “cellular therapy”

On EKP's home page, click "Find Works of Specific Experts."

  1. Search and add multiple names directly into the "Select Researchers" box.

Or

  1. Click on the "Download .csv template"
  2. Fill in active directory names (CHOP email addresses, not including the @chop.edu) starting at cell A3.
  3. Save, then upload the file to the EKP via the "Upload CSV" Button.

Click on the "Search" button.

 

EKP Tech Development

Development of EKP is a joint effort between CHOP's Tsui Laboratory and Innovation Ecosystem to increase collaboration and fully utilize in-house expertise at CHOP. This novel application utilizes machine learning and natural language processing to integrate large public and proprietary databases into a consolidated distributed database that is updated daily. CHOP Research Institute, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Core, and NSF Rapid Response Research funding supported development of EKP. Thanks to the support of CHOP Research Information Service, the EKP tool is available for all CHOP personnel who request access via CIRRUS.

This initial version of EKP integrates data from PubMed, NIHReporter, CHOP's employee database, and the Office of Faculty Development. EKP pulls and links data from these sources daily to maintain an up-to-date, searchable database. Within EKP, you can check when the sources of data were last updated by clicking on the "Data Source" tab of your search results.

Author name disambiguation is a challenging issue. EKP's name matching feature recognizes individuals whose author names are inconsistent across publications and grants (e.g., Ann Elizabeth Smith, AE Smith, etc.). Notice a data problem? Use the "Report an Issue" button in EKP's top bar to submit a ticket.

Yes! While CHOP employees use EKP in its current state, the EKP team is testing additional data source integrations from publicly available and internal (i.e., CHOP, University of Pennsylvania) databases.