Slides used for a keynote presentation at the VIVO 2019 Conference in Podgorica, Montenegro.
Abstract: The invitation to present a keynote at the VIVO Conference and the goal of the VIVO platform, as stated on the DuraSpace site, to create an integrated record of the scholarly work of an organisation reminded me of various efforts that I have been involved in over the past years that had similar goals. EgoSystem (2014) attempted to gather information about postdocs that had left the organisation, leaving little or no contact details behind. Autoload (2017), an operational service, discovers papers by organisational researchers in order to upload them in the institutional repository. myresearch.institute (2018), an experiment that is still in progress, discovers artefacts that researchers deposit in web productivity portals and subsequently archives them. More recently, I have been involved in thinking about the future of NARCIS, a portal that provides an overview of research productivity in The Netherlands. The approach taken in all these efforts share a characteristic motivated by a desire to devise scalable and sustainable solutions: let machines rather than humans do the work. In this talk, I will provide an overview of these efforts, their motivations, the challenges involved, and the nature of success (if any).