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NISO Virtual Conference

Advancing Altmetrics: Best Practices and Emerging Ideas 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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About the Virtual Conference

This is an active area for a variety of reasons. There is an on-going need to justify the work, space and resources invested in the library. How best to appropriately generate, synthesize, interpret and deliver the most useful data to demonstrate the return on investment made by the institution. What do we know to be best practices for using Altmetrics in assessment activities? How comfortable are faculty with the use of Altmetrics in the context of tenure & promotion activities?  

NISO’s working group on Altmetrics has built a better understanding of use cases for existing Altmetrics, but already there are discussions of whether new metrics might be usefully framed for measuring research impact outside of the academic environment or for capturing the value of non-conventional outputs of research.

Will the usage indicators of views and downloads be sufficient for evaluation of the usefulness of data sets? What example might be provided by studies of COUNTER, SUSHI and SUSHI Lite? What alternative approaches might be needed or fostered in order to ensure the discoverability, usability and reproducibility of scientific data sets?

Final Agenda

11:00am – 11:10am Welcome and Introduction
Todd Carpenter
, Executive Director, NISO

11:10 – 11:45am The Ghost of Altmetrics Yet To Come
Mike Taylor
, Head of Metric Development, Digital Science

Altmetrics is seven years old, and although the interest and momentum in our field has not slackened, the nature has changed. While many of the early suggestions made in the manifesto in 2010 are still to be realized, new uses have emerged. Internationally, research institutions and funders are pursuing evidence-based decision-making, and both traditional metrics and altmetrics are under serious scrutiny. Altmetrics has proven itself to be a flexible and adaptive field, but as it approaches its first decade, where will it position itself, and how will it adapt to the multiple demands of being a personal tool, an industry-wide analytical approach and an academic field?

Mike Taylor is Head of Metrics Development at Digital Science. He’s new to the company, having spent many years working in Elsevier’s R&D group and in the Metrics and Analytics Team. Mike works with many community groups, including FORCE11, RDA and NISO, and is well known in the scholarly metrics community. He’s also notorious amongst the Oxford theatrical scene as an actor, producer and director with ElevenOne Theatre. In his spare time he provides the entertainment for many a hen night with the Murder Mystery company, Smoke and Mirrors.

Mike is studying for a PhD in alternative metrics at the University of Wolverhampton.

11:45am – 12:15pm Lessons from the humanities and social sciences: exploring values-based altmetrics
Stacy Konkiel
Director of Research and Education, Altmetric

Humanists and social scientists are increasingly using altmetrics to inform their scholarly research, outreach, and evaluation practices. This talk will make an argument for using disciplinary values to select and develop better metrics, including altmetrics, by which these scholars can manage their work. In particular, we'll discuss the work of the HuMetricsHSS Initiative--a Mellon-funded research team that seeks to better align evaluation practices in the humanities and social sciences with the values that drive academia.

Stacy Konkiel is the Director of Research & Education at Altmetric, a data science company that uncovers the attention that research receives online. Her research interests include incentives systems in academia and informetrics, and Stacy has written and presented widely about altmetrics, Open Science, and library services. Previously, Stacy worked with teams at Impactstory, Indiana University & PLOS. You can follow Stacy on Twitter as @skonkiel.

12:15pm – 12:45pm Designing metrics that serve academia
William Gunn
, Director of Academic Outreach, Mendeley

We believe that academia works best when the right people get the resources they need to do what they do best. However, the metrics used to determine resource allocation aren't always aligned with the interests of the researcher, the mission of the institution & funding organization, or broader societal goals. A radical re-thinking of how metrics are designed, used, and understood is required to bring these into alignment, to facilitate assessment of research, respect the researcher's time, dispel troublesome myths, and cultivate a mindset of abundance. This wildly optimistic talk will propose such a re-thinking.

William Gunn currently serves as the Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley, a research management tool for collaboration and discovery.

Previously, Gunn did assay development for Genalyte, a molecular diagnostics startup. His work involved developing protein, DNA, and small molecule assays on their novel high-throughput assay platform.

He received his PhD from Tulane University. His dissertation dealt with development of a model of multiple myeloma in mice, using it to test small molecule inhibitors of the interaction between multiple myeloma and bone precursor cells, promoting bone regeneration and repair of osteolytic lesions.

12:45pm – 1:45pm Break for Lunch

1:45pm – 2:45pm Altmetrics in the Trenches (2 speakers)

Building New Faculty Services: Altmetric Adoption
Andy Herzog
Faculty Services and Online Engagement, Department Head, University of Texas at Arlington; 

UT Arlington Libraries piloted a new metric consultation and report service in 2016.  In the year since the service launched, we have consulted with 40 faculty, reaching a diverse body in terms of discipline and academic rank. The presentation will discuss the circumstances that led to the pilot, challenges encountered, lessons learned, and what worked.

Andy Herzog is the Department Head of Faculty Services and Online Engagement at the University of Texas at Arlington.  His research interests include scholarly impact, community building, and online learning.  Follow him on Twitter as @zoglib.

Telling Your Science Story: Using Alternative Metrics to Showcase Impact
Patty Smith
Impact and Dissemination Librarian, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University

Storytelling is an integral part of how we communicate—we’re wired to process and recall information in terms of story. But how does this concept fit into science? At Galter Health Sciences Library, librarians harness alternative metrics to help researchers enhance their NIH biosketches and promotion and tenure dossiers. In this talk, Patty Smith will discuss real-life examples of how librarians and researchers can use alternative metrics in a narrative format to showcase research impact and provide context to tell an engaging story.

Patty Smith is the Impact and Dissemination Librarian at Galter Health Sciences Library where she works with the Metrics and Impact Core. Her responsibilities are to support individuals and groups in scientific writing and in navigating the publishing and dissemination process. Smith collaborates with a variety of stakeholders, ranging from individuals seeking to improve their promotion and tenure materials to departments on large-scale dissemination projects.

2:45pm – 3:15pm Make Data Count
Daniella Lowenberg
, Research Data Specialist & Product Manager, California Digital Library

Usage and citation metrics are essential to gauging reach and measuring the impact of data. Currently, groups are focused on determining best practices in data citation and linking data with publications. However, in order for data to be considered a valued research output, we must also build a common standard to measure how often data is being used. The Make Data Count (MDC) project is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop and deploy the social and technical infrastructure necessary to elevate data to a first-class research output alongside more traditional products, such as publications. The MDC team is doing so by finding alternative ways of gauging reach, measuring impact for data, and building data level metrics (DLMs). The MDC project plans to not just focus on citations and usage but also building out a technical hub so that information does not get left behind as it can with article. As the field gets more mature we expect metrics and usage stats to be fed into the DLM hub. Partnering with COUNTER, the project team has drafted the first iteration of a COUNTER Code of Practice for Research Data surrounding data usage statistics for community input. In conjunction, the project has been focusing on building out a DLM hub using Lagotto (DataCite), and will be enlisting the cooperation of the research, library, funder, and publishing stakeholder communities to implement DLMs across DataCite repositories and drive adoption of DLMs.

Daniella Lowenberg has a background in Microbiology and has researched and published on antibiotic resistance at San Francisco Public Health as well as pharmacogenomics pathways for chemotherapy agents at Stanford. Daniella spent over three years as a Publications Manager at PLOS ONE where she implemented and oversaw the PLOS Data Policy as well as ran journal operations. Daniella is currently at the University of California Curation Center (UC3) within the California Digital Library at the Office of the UC President as a Research Data Specialist / Dash Product Manager. She focuses on building adoption and awareness of data publication tools (Dash) as well as leading cross-organizational and global efforts in promoting data metrics for the Making Data Count project with DataCite and DataONE.

3:15pm – 3:30pm Break

3:30pm – 4:00pm Metrics and Altmetrics in the Administration of Higher Ed
Darby Orcutt
, Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, North Carolina State University

Shifting our perspective to a bird's eye view, this session will discuss current practices and future possibilities regarding the use of metrics and altmetrics in university-level strategy and decision-making. How could and should such metrics be used? How can libraries most effectively and appropriately consider their roles in this area? Special consideration will be given to the need and challenge of developing metrics for interdisciplinary research. 

Darby Orcutt serves as Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, at the North Carolina State University Libraries, and Affiliated Faculty with NC State's Genetic Engineering & Society Center. He edited the first comprehensive volume on data in libraries, Library Data: Empowering Practice and Persuasion (Libraries Unlimited, 2009). A professional enabler of interdisciplinary team research, his library work, teaching, and research cluster around themes of facilitating cultural understanding and academic collaboration with diverse disciplines, industries, and publics.

4:00pm – 4:30pm Future Directions: Measuring the Impact of Scholarly Research through Usage
Martha Kyrillidou
PhD., Principal, QualityMetrics, LLC

• How do users (researchers, funding bodies, administrators) of these metrics move forward?
• What next actions might provide the right boost to responsible usage?
• What might be on the horizon? (Can we even see one?)

Martha Kyrillidou runs a consulting company, QualityMetrics, LLC, from Silver Spring, MD. She consults in management, evaluation, assessment and R&D activities. She helps libraries respond to customer needs through the development of user-focused services and culture that enhance the user-experience. Martha holds a PhD in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MLS and an MEd with specialization in evaluation and measurement from Kent State University.

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4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 
Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO


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Registration closes on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

2017 Registration Costs

  • NISO LSA & Voting Members; NASIG Members 
    • $190.00 (US and Canada)
    • $230.00 (International)
  • Non-Member
    • $255.00 (US and Canada)
    • $295.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $85.00

Additional Information

  • Cancellations made by Wednesday, December 6, 2017 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
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