All members of the University community who have faculty status
are invited to add their expertise records to the University
of Pittsburgh/COS Expertise database.
What is the University of Pittsburgh Faculty Expertise Database?
The University of Pittsburgh Faculty Expertise database contains profiles of
University of Pittsburgh faculty members and research associates from all disciplines.
Each profile includes a first-person description of research interests and
expertise as well as biographical information. COS
maintains these profiles and makes them available on the web to member educational
institutions as well as to member corporations and government agencies.
What is COS?
COS is a network of research resources on the Web. The
University of Pittsburgh is one of over 700 universities and research institutions
throughout the world participating in COS. Currently COS has three major services:
- COS Expertise which contains Researcher Profiles from all participating institutions
- COS Funding Opportunities with by-products such as a
customized Funding Alert for each researcher and the weekly COS
- COS Workbench
Does COS provide any user training for its services?
What are the major advantages of Pitt's participation in COS Expertise?
- Members of the University of Pittsburgh community can readily
identify persons with requisite research interests and expertise
for potential collaborative or consulting relationships.
- Universities, corporations and government agencies that are
members of COS can identify University of
Pittsburgh persons and programs for potential research funding
- The University of Pittsburgh has its own faculty research
interest and expertise database.
How can I as a member of the University of Pittsburgh community
search the University of Pittsburgh Expertise database and the COS Funding Opportunities and Expertise databases?
- COS will send customized weekly Funding
Alerts to each University of Pittsburgh faculty member
who has a COS account if that faculty member requests Funding
Any member of the University community who has access to the Internet through
the pitt.edu or upmc.edu domains and a World Wide Web (WWW) browser can search
How can I have my profile entered into the University of Pittsburgh
Expertise and the COS Expertise databases?
- Go to the
following website (http://registration.cos.com/cgi-bin/register) to
create your COS account. After registering and selecting
a username and password, you will automatically access your
COS Workbench where you can complete the various sections under Manage Your Profile. It can take up to one week for the COS to process your profile
and format it for inclusion in the Expertise databases.
How can I update or change my profile?
- If you have any questions about adding yourself to the Expertise databases,
contact the University liaison*.
- After your original profile has been formally entered into the Expertise
databases, you can update or change your profile as often as you wish to
do so. Simply go to (http://login.cos.com/),
and login to your COS Workbench with your username and password. Once you
are in your COS Workbench you can update any section on the left side of the screen under Manage Your Profile. Generally,
any changes you make to a profile that is already published (or publicly
available) will be immediately reflected in the public database. If you make
changes to an unpublished COS profile, it can take up to a week for that
profile to be searchable in the public database.