Do you have an up-to-date online profile?
Building your academic profile can demonstrate your expertise, research accomplishments and interests. Most searches these days begin with Google, and you will want to ensure that you are effectively managing your online presence with correct biographical and contact information.
Most departments have profile pages for faculty but you will need to ensure that these are up to date and accurate. Contact the Law School to have your Law School profile updated. If you do not have an Experts@dal account you can register for one here.Schulich Law School Faculty Profiles
Nice profile page by Dalhousie Prof. Joanna Erdman
Experts@dal profiles for media
LinkedIn is a professional social networking site claiming 300 million members in 200 countries and territories. Although the emphasis is career development and recruiting, it does provide a forum to showcase academic service, and is useful if you are investigating non traditional careers. Public profiles are visible in Google searches.
Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers and to network. You can search for researchers by name, universities, and research interests. This site also offers analytics so you can monitor interest in your research through views, downloads and shares. The site boasts more than 16 million academic profiles and 4.5 million papers uploaded. The public profiles are easily found in Google searches.
ResearchGate is a social networking site for researchers to allow them to share academic publications, collaborate with colleagues in their field, get statistics on their document views, downloads, and citations of their research, and ask and get answers to research problems.
Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.
Google Scholar (Link)
Google Scholar is an online search engine for indexed scholarly literature. The site allows you to create a public scholarly profile linking your online publications and providing metrics on citations. Searchers can download articles available through their local library subscriptions.
About.Me is a personal homepage that can serve as your virtual business card. It is usually one page user profile with an articstic background. You can link your various online profiles such as Facebook through this site. A link or a QR code on your business card can send people to your About.Me site.
Your name is an important search category. But names may not be unique, may have variant spellings, or may not be consistenty written.
Is it K. Brooks, Kim Brooks, or Kimberly Brooks?
Is it Philip or Phillip Saunders?
Choose a standard form of your name and use it deliberately and consistently.
An "avatar" is an image that represents you online—a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites. A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there. Gravatar is a free service for site owners, developers, and users.
ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.