A number of International Researcher Network (IRN) sites expose high quality institutional data via web sites and/or semantically structured RDF data. Among them, and listed in alphabetical order are: Elsevier's Collexis, Harvard's Catalyst Profiles, Stanford's CAPS system, and the NIH funded VIVO system. Thanks to these systems, scholars are uniquely identified via their institutional IDs and are linked to the papers they have published, the patents they authored, the funding they received, and the courses they teach. Never before has such a comprehensive record of scholarly activity data been available in machine readable format and advanced semantic search. Intelligent recommender services, automatic resume generation, and novel science of science studies have become possible through this data.
This web site aims to show the adoption of IRN systems across the U.S. and also internationally since January 2010. Users can turn on/off different data layers to explore the number and quality of loaded people, paper, patent, funding, and course records or animate the growth of data holdings from 2010 to today. They can hover over a data icon that is area size coded to see details while clicking on it to get a listing of the records below the map area, and also hide/show the map as needed.