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Information about grants and research publications from 5,000 faculty at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University are going to be available in a unified system built by Collexis Holdings, Inc., the company announced Monday.

The system will eventually cover the UNC, system, Collexis said.

The system will use data from Elsevier’s Scopus database and the RAMSeS software environment developed at UNC, the announcement said.

Phase I of the project will include creating research profiles for over 5,000 faculty researchers from both institutions. Phase II is to add the remaining 15 North Carolina institutions and their 10,000 faculty researchers.

In its announcement, Collexis said the Web community created by the project created will have fully populated information on publications grant data and citations from over 15,000 researchers across all research disciplines.

"We built our own pre- and post-award management system, and as such, were collecting a tremendous wealth of data. We were looking to leverage that data as well as publication data to better characterize researcher activity, identify skills, and facilitate collaboration," said Andy Johns, associate vice chancellor for research at UNC.

Collexis said the project is expected to complete the first major milestone in mid-summer for the Beta release to the North Carolina faculty.