Shanghai launched a database of top scientists and researchers yesterday to serve as a "talents radar" for the city's ambition to become a technology innovation center.
The database, called Global Elite Scholars Information Platform, is a rich source of information of 100,000 Chinese and international scientists and researchers from over 260 fields — including genetic study, artificial intelligence and quantum communication.
The database, which is part of the Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Resources Center, aims to help governments, colleges, and technology companies to quickly locate people they are looking for, and to easily compare the specialties of scientists and institutions.
The public will have free access to basic functions of the database, though fees will be charged for further analysis and other value-added services.
About 36,000 of people on the database are foreign scientists, 13,000 ethnic Chinese, and nearly 50,000 domestic scientists.
"The scientists' profiles are mainly focusing on their published papers," said Tan Ruizong, director of the database's developer, Shanghai R&D Public Service Platform. "But many technical talents working in private sectors also have many outstanding findings, without publishing papers. In future, we will also introduce patents information into our system to enrich the database." An upgraded database is expected to be released in six months.
Elsevier, one of the world's major providers of scientific, technical, and medical information, has cooperated in the platform's creation.