Data Access

A how-to for all data mining endeavors

Academic Analytics provides powerful data and analysis tools that help universities reach their research potential. Northeastern has adopted Academic Analytics to allow faculty to find each other, form research networks and compare our programs to our peer list of institutions. The Academic Analytics Database contains scholarly data on over 275,000 faculty members at over 400 US-based research universities. The data includes research grants, honorific awards, articles, books, conference proceedings, and more. Two product suites, the Discovery Suite and the Benchmarking Suite, make the data available to users.

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Benchmarking Suite

The Benchmarking Suite is a set of tools used to perform benchmarking of research metrics against other universities.

Modules

Academic Analytics benchmarking portal containing data for over 400 research universities in the U.S., organized by institution and discipline, with standardized, aggregated metrics of comparison.

Analysis On Demand

Analysis On Demand is a repository of interactive, custom reports available to users. The reports within the repository utilize benchmarking/comparitive data. To use Analysis On Demand, please login to the Benchmarking Suite and click on the bargraph icon, second icon on the toolbar.

Used for

  • Benchmark research strengths vs. peers
  • Perform department program reviews
  • Explore funding, publication, and honorific award profiles
  • Analyze faculty career profiles and trajectory by discipline
  • Identify vulnerabilities, strengths, and weaknesses for strategic planning
  • See graduates working in academia and gauge their progress

Audience

High-level administrators: Provost and applicable Vice Provosts, Deans, Associate Deans for Research

Discovery Suite

The Discovery Suite is a set of software tools that help users identify subject matter experts across disciplines and institutions, build collaborative teams and networks, and identify relevant funding opportunities.

Modules
Faculty Insight Portal, Research Insight Portal, External Discovery Site

Used for

•  Finding subject matter experts within the university or at another institution
•  Building interdisciplinary research teams
•  Showcasing faculty scholarly activity with curated faculty profiles
•  Identifying federal funding and honorific award opportunities

Audience

Faculty Insight Portal: Northeastern faculty
Research Insight Portal: Northeastern research administrators and analysts; department chairs (only relative to peer departments)
External Discovery Site: The public

About the Data

The Academic Analytics Database compiles publicly available data from federal, university, and private sources. It does not contain types of data that are not available publicly, such as non-peer reviewed journals. Therefore, Northeastern provides supplemental data on faculty activity sourced from Coeus/ePAWS, and for some colleges, from Digital Measures. Faculty may also enter their own scholarly activity. This data is fed to the public-facing External Discovery Site but does not appear in Research Insight or the Benchmarking Suite, since it could not be reliably compared with other universities who do not submit supplemental data.

Faculty Insight FAQs

Faculty Insight is a search tool that enables scholars to find experts at their institution and nationally. Scholar profiles are pre-populated with recent activity data sourced from Academic Analytics. This includes articles, books, grants, awards, conference proceedings, and patents. Northeastern University also supplements Faculty Insight data with additional faculty activity sourced from Banner and Coeus/ePAWS, and for some colleges, from Digital Measures. Scholar profiles will also be fed to the public-facing External Discovery Site that will launch this fall. For more information on Faculty Insight, please view the Faculty Insight User Guide.

There are two short (7-minute) videos available to help you learn how to use Faculty Insight.

  1. Learn how to customize your research profile, set your privacy settings, report an issue with your data, and add research activity here.
  2. Learn how to search by research topic or scholar name, discover funding opportunities, view research networks, and find new collaborations here.

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The purpose of Faculty Insight is to facilitate research and collaboration among scholars at Northeastern University and across the greater scholarly community. Faculty Insight does not contain any evaluative metrics or benchmark data and the use of Faculty Insight as an evaluative tool is prohibited by the Principles for Use of Academic Analytics Data at Northeastern University which you can view here.

Academic Analytics compiles publicly available data from federal, university, and private sources. Article and Conference Proceeding publication data are obtained directly from publishers, using digital object identifiers (DOI®). Citation data are derived via DOI®-to-DOI® linkages based on the literature-cited section of published journal articles and conference proceedings. Book data are collected from the British Library catalog and Baker and Taylor, Inc. Grant data are collected from federal granting agencies and select private sources. Patent data are obtained from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as the World Intellectual Property Organization. Honorific Award information is derived from publicly available information from governing societies.

Scholars can edit their profiles by going to “Edit Profile” in the top right corner in Faculty Insight. To add or edit a Research Summary, Research Interest, or Keywords, click the edit icon (pencil and paper) in the top left of the My Profile window. To add academic activity not currently shown in your profile, please select the Works tab and click on the “Add Activity” button on the left side of the window. Scholars may request changes to Academic Analytics sourced data by clicking the source link and sending an email to the data manager.

Academic Analytics continually updates its faculty activity data. To add academic activity not currently shown in your profile, please select the Works tab and click on the “Add Activity” button on the left side of the window. Scholars may request changes to Academic Analytics sourced data by clicking the source link and sending an email to the data manager.

The display setting function allows you to limit the visibility of items that you do not want visible in a public profile, for data from sources other than the Academic Analytics pre-populated data. You can change the display settings for each item in your Works tab by using a drop-down menu that is located at the far right of an item’s section on the screen. There are three display options: Public, Internal and Private. The default setting for all items is public.
i. Public means that an item is visible to everyone on Faculty Insight as well as the public-facing version of the site that will launch soon.
ii. Internal means that an item will only be visible on Faculty Insight (i.e., to people with Northeastern logins to Academic Analytics).
iii. Private means that only you can see an item, and it will not be visible to others on Faculty Insight or the public-facing version.

It uses language processing and algorithms to compare keyword(s) against profile data and identify scholars and grant opportunities.

Academic Analytics generates a set of key research terms for each scholar by comparing activity data for a given scholar against all available activity data. The more times a term appears in a specific scholar’s activity data, relative to the number of times the term appears in all activity data in the collection, the more closely associated the term is to the scholar.

Faculty are encouraged to update their key terms in the Edit Profile window to optimize search and funding opportunity matching functions. Self-entered terms are weighted more heavily to emphasize new areas of interest that may not be reflected in the historical body of work.

Scholar profile keywords are matched to funding opportunity data from a third-party funding database. Grant opportunities are updated daily and contain roughly 40,000 open funding opportunities from over 10,000 public and private entities.

• Search for potential collaborators by keyword or by name. In a keyword search, you can find faculty who have similar keywords to you
• Visit a scholar’s Related Terms and People tab for people similar to this scholar at your own institution or nationally
• You can also check the Collaborations tab of the scholar you’re looking at to see who they have worked with
• From your own scholar profile page, check the Related Terms and People tab for a list of scholars at your institution with word clouds similar to your own

The notifications feature gives you the option to receive email notifications containing information on:
i. targeted funding opportunities keyed to your research interests
ii. search activity within Faculty Insight related to you and your research interests
iii. collaboration opportunities
You will not receive any of this content unless they enable notifications in your Faculty Insight account (i.e., you must opt in for emails to be sent). You can do this by going to the main menu and clicking on the Notifications section, and this will open up options to adjust the settings for what type of notifications you will receive and how frequently, as well as adjust privacy settings for what colleagues see about your own searches.

Accessing Data and Analytical Tools FAQs

If you are in a college, contact your College Designee here to request access. If you are not in a college, contact UDS academicanalytics@northeastern.edu

Additional information can be found in the Academic Analytics Teams group here.

If you are in a college, contact your College Designee here to request analyses, reports, and data. If you are not in a college, contact UDS academicanalytics@northeastern.edu

If you are in a college, contact your College Designee here to request permission to use the data publicly. If you are not in a college, contact UDS academicanalytics@northeastern.edu

  • Awards Analysis
  • Distribution of NRC Honorific Awards Analysis
  • Faculty Movement
  • Faculty Trends by Discipline and Academic Age
  • Federal Grants Analysis
  • Graduate Academic Outcomes
  • Highly Prestigious Awards Nomination Analysis
  • Longitudinal Analysis
  • Longitudinal Collaborations Percentile Analysis
  • Pathways to NRC Highly Prestigious Awards
  • Unit Composition Analysis

Academic Analytics Contact Information and Access

Members of the Northeastern community requesting access to Research Insight and the Benchmarking Suite must be approved by their College Designee, sign the Principles for Use of Academic Analytics, and view the training webinar.

We are committed to engaging the Northeastern community in exploring constructive uses for this new resource and ensuring that it will be used in ways that are transparent and open to evolution and change. Please view the Principles for Use Academic Analytics at Northeastern University here.

For questions about Academic Analytics at Northeastern, please email academicanalytics@northeastern.edu

For more information on Academic Analytics, please visit their website here.