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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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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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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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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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What does a culturally-relevant #scholcomm practice look like?

What does a culturally-relevant #scholcomm practice look like?

I am currently at the Force 2016 conference in Portland, OR, where I presented today at a workshop for the Force Fellows on scholarly communication and crafting one’s online identity. As expected, the “teachers” at this workshop learned as much from the attendees as the attendees did from us, particularly with respect to culturally-relevant, informal scholarly communication (tweeting, blogging, etc). Paul Groth gave an excellent talk following mine (full-text of which is forthcoming, watch this space) on best practices for…

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Hej Sverige! I’m coming for you!

Hej Sverige! I’m coming for you!

From September 21st – 28th, I’ll be visiting a number of universities across Sweden (even making a short stopover in Denmark) to discuss altmetrics with researchers and librarians, including a presentation at the ChALS 2015 conference in Gothenburg on September 23rd. I could not be more excited for this visit–I’ve had a fondness for Sweden ever since seeing the film Show Me Love (or “Fucking Åmål” in Swedish) as a young teen (a fact that I’m sure will make any…

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The case against (only) using metrics for collection management

The case against (only) using metrics for collection management

I’m currently working with Sarah Sutton at Emporia State University on launching a survey to get a sense of how librarians use altmetrics, including for collection development purposes. (Is it useful to know if a book has been cited in a policy document, even if it’s rarely circulated, so you don’t deaccession it? Can monitoring online activity for all scholarship–even articles that a library doesn’t have subscription access to–help librarians make much quicker purchasing decisions for articles and journals that…

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