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Yaffle continues to build profile


By David Sorensen

Yaffle, Memorial’s research database, continues its upward trajectory, and now boasts more than 1,000 research summaries and 100 community projects.

Its profile was further raised when the Globe and Mail highlighted Memorial’s answer to Google in its Jan 2. edition.

David Yetman spearheaded the Yaffle project and he’s not satisfied with the current breadth of the search engine – he’s thinking big.

“If you think about it on a world level, Yaffle has just amazing potential,” Mr. Yetman told the Globe. “Imagine 5,000 universities using Yaffle and when you do a search on Arctic sovereignty you get 10,000 hits.”

Yaffle is all about connecting Memorial researchers with the community, also one of the Memorial’s key mandates. The search engine allows users to find an expert, query research being done by the university in their geographic region, and even suggest research ideas.

Compiled by the university’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, the new resource is a search engine of Memorial’s expertise and community development resources.

In addition, Yaffle provides a portal on over 400 experts in a range of fields, many of whom are available for media interviews or speaking engagements.

One researcher taking full advantage of all that Yaffle offers is chemical engineering professor Dr. Kelly Hawboldt. The Globe called her “Memorial's Yaffle superstar.” Her research has attracted the most hits since the website launched in February, 35 contacts so far.

Dr. Hawboldt has been contacted by companies in Boston and Ireland with offers of research projects. But more exciting, she told the Globe, are the connections with foreign students who have found her through the site and are interested in studying with her. “It's helping to put us on the map,” she said. “For somewhere like Memorial that is a little out of the way, that is especially important.”

If you research, teach or learn at Memorial University, Yaffle is an opportunity to connect your work with the world. Simply visit Yaffle.ca and look for the Get Started link to walk you through the quick and easy process.
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