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Prototyping an article recommendation “bot” powered by Altmetric data

Prototyping an article recommendation “bot” powered by Altmetric data

I’ve recently launched a fun new project, @SociologyBot. It’s a Twitter account that recommends recently discussed research in the field of (you guessed it) sociology. I’ve been wanting to explore the “altmetrics as a filter” idea for a long time. Being able to find not only disciplinary research but also the conversations surrounding research appeals to me, and I bet that other researchers would like access to that kind of information, too. So, now I’m experimenting with a prototype “bot”,…

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Mellon Grant to Support Values-Based Metrics for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Mellon Grant to Support Values-Based Metrics for the Humanities and Social Sciences

CC-BY Nicky Agate / Medium I’m excited to announce that the HuMetricsHSS research team–which I was a part of at the 2016 TriangleSCI conference–has received the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue our work of encouraging the discovery and use of “humane” research evaluation metrics for the humanities and social sciences. HSS scholars are increasingly frustrated by the prevalence of the use of evaluation metrics (borrowed from the sciences) that do not accurately capture the impacts of…

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Why I just deleted my ten-year Twitter history

Why I just deleted my ten-year Twitter history

I just used a service called Cardigan to delete the 10k+ tweets I’ve published since 2007, when I first joined Twitter. I don’t know about you, but I’ve changed a lot since I was 24 years old. It didn’t make sense to me to keep ten years worth of miscellany–silly jokes, uninformed hot takes, occasional sharp insights, and so on–up on the Internet, gathering dust, making advertising money for Twitter. I don’t want to support a company that even with…

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Library Pipeline launches “Innovation in Libraries” micro-grant

Library Pipeline launches “Innovation in Libraries” micro-grant

I’m super excited to announce that the Innovation in Libraries grant is now accepting applications: http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/libraries A core group of Library Pipeliners has been working hard for months to recruit rank-and-file librarians worldwide, many of whom are funding this grant out of their own pockets (!). Each month through August 2017, our Awesome Foundation chapter will award a $1000 USD grant to prototype library-based innovations (both technical and non-technical in nature) that are inclusive, daring, and diverse. I am so…

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Ladies and gays, your outrage won’t protect you. Learn krav maga instead.

Ladies and gays, your outrage won’t protect you. Learn krav maga instead.

I’m just as disheartened by the election results as many other gays (and 46% of other white women), but I truly cannot take another “hot take” on what a Trump presidency means for minorities. Stop repeating what we already know. Civil rights are likely going to be taken away. Police brutality is going to get worse. And hate crimes are reportedly already on the rise against many minority groups, including LGBTs. How about we all redirect our energy away from complaining…

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I need a co-founder

I need a co-founder

Scholcomm’s “killer app” ain’t an app, it’s a website curated by librarians–the ultimate information experts. A little over a year ago, I quietly built and launched the best portal to find high-quality scholarly communication research: TheIdealis.org. Borrowing from the amazing precedent set by DHNow, The Idealis is a curation and notification service based on PressForward and WordPress. The Idealis is an OA twofer: it makes it effortless for readers to find the best new OA scholcomm research, and it incentivizes…

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Altmetrics and the reform of the promotion & tenure system

Altmetrics and the reform of the promotion & tenure system

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working with a colleague at Altmetric to develop a guide for using altmetrics in one’s promotion and tenure dossier. (Keep an eye out for the resulting blog post and handout on Altmetric.com–I think they’re going to be good!) Altmetrics and P&T is a topic that’s come up a lot recently, and predictably the responses are usually one of the following: Do you seriously want to give people tenure based on their number of…

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“The Use of Altmetrics in Promotion and Tenure” published in Educause Review

“The Use of Altmetrics in Promotion and Tenure” published in Educause Review

An article I co-authored along with Cassidy Sugimoto (Indiana University) and Sierra Williams (LSE Impact Blog) was recently published in the Educause Review. From the intro: “Promotion and tenure decisions in the United States often rely on various scientometric indicators (e.g., citation counts and journal impact factors) as a proxy for research quality and impact. Now a new class of metrics — altmetrics — can help faculty provide impact evidence that citation-based metrics might miss: for example, the influence of…

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Reddit AMA – May 10th!

Reddit AMA – May 10th!

Cross-posted from the Digital Science blog on 25th April 2016   Join us for a Reddit Ask Me Anything with Stacy Konkiel (@skonkiel), Outreach & Engagement Manager at Altmetric, at 6pm GMT/1pm EDT on the 10th May. The Reddit Ask Me Anything forum is a great way to engage and interact with subject experts in a direct and honest Q&A, asking those burning questions you’ve always wanted to get their perspective on! Mark Hahnel, the founder of Figshare, Euan Adie, the founder of Altmetric…

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Results of the #Force2016 Innovation Challenge: we won!

Results of the #Force2016 Innovation Challenge: we won!

I’m pleased to report that along with the team behind Radian (a knowledge portal for data management librarians), the Metric Tookit (pitched by me, Heather Coates, and Robin Champieux) has won the Force 2016 PitchIt Innovation Challenge! I’m hugely proud and very excited about bringing this idea to life. In talking with researchers and librarians worldwide over the past two years, the single biggest request I tend to get is an easy way to understand what metrics really mean (or…

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