A school of education and the tech accelerator it launched in 2015 are working together to create a database of education researchers. The National Education Researcher Database, or NERD, as it's known, is a joint project undertaken by the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education and Jefferson Education Accelerator. The goal: to spark collaboration among those researchers, school people and education technology entrepreneurs.
The first step in the project is to create a catalog containing information about every education researcher in the country. That data will be made freely available and searchable on the NERD site. The founders of the effort expect the catalog eventually to contain 10,000 researcher profiles. Users will be able to "follow" their favorite researchers and receive alerts when their accomplishments and availability are updated.