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Altmetrics and analytics in IRs and digital libraries: where we’re at and where we’re going (upcoming LITA webinar)

Altmetrics and analytics in IRs and digital libraries: where we’re at and where we’re going (upcoming LITA webinar)

On Tuesday at 2 pm, I’ll have the pleasure of speaking with members of the newly-formed LITA Altmetrics & Digital Analytics interest group about the white paper that I recently wrote with Michelle Dalmau (Indiana University) and Dave Scherer (Purdue University). Join us! Here’s the webinar description: Altmetrics and analytics in IRs and digital libraries: where we’re at and where we’re going When: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 @ 2pm CST (3pm EST| 1pm MST| Noon PST) Where: Online – https://bluejeans.com/164382960…

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We’re overdue on altmetrics for the digital humanities

We’re overdue on altmetrics for the digital humanities

Humanities researchers I’ve talked to usually fall into one of two camps when it comes to altmetrics: “Altmetrics are amazing! I’ve been looking for a better way to understand the use and impacts of my work.” or “This is just another tool that favors the sciences and tries to reduce the complexities of my research into a single formula. It will never work for me.” As an altmetrics advocate and humanist by training, I unsurprisingly tend to fall into the first camp. I’ve…

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On New Mexico’s “religious freedom” law (which doesn’t allow anti-LGBT discrimination)

On New Mexico’s “religious freedom” law (which doesn’t allow anti-LGBT discrimination)

I was surprised to learn yesterday that New Mexico has a “RFRA” (aka “religious freedom”) law on its books, similar to the one recently signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. One big difference between the two, though? New Mexico’s law CANNOT be used as a justification to refuse to offer services to LGBT individuals.

Jeffrey Beall can’t seem to get altmetrics quite right

Jeffrey Beall can’t seem to get altmetrics quite right

UC Denver librarian Jeffrey Beall recently published an opinion article, “Spurious alternative impact factors: The scale of the problem from an academic perspective,” (paywall) that sadly contains the same old misinformation about research impact metrics that he’s been corrected on before. This is a short post to gently remind Beall and his coauthors of what altmetrics and citation-based metrics do and do not stand for/measure/etc, correct some inaccuracies found in the article, and highlight two areas where we agree. Let’s start with what they…

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Happy to announce I’m Altmetric’s new Research Metrics Consultant!

Happy to announce I’m Altmetric’s new Research Metrics Consultant!

For the next six months, I’ll be working with the smart folks at Altmetric to build the company’s profile in the US. I couldn’t be more excited–they’ve built a fantastic product and are doing important work to support the larger field of altmetrics (including open altmetrics). Monday is my first day with the company, and I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running with an Altmetric ‘boot camp’ at their London offices throughout next week. I also want to mention:…

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Moving on from Impactstory

Moving on from Impactstory

Today, Jason & Heather announced that they’ve had to downsize my role at Impactstory as they work to improve Impactstory’s product-market fit. To say that I’m sad about their decision doesn’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling–in some ways, I feel like I’m going through a breakup–but I’m optimistic about the future. And I have nothing but love and admiration for Heather and Jason, who are working very hard to make Impactstory a success. So, what’s next for me, professionally-speaking?…

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Lib school students: follow these job search tips

Lib school students: follow these job search tips

I like to think I’m pretty good at getting library jobs and also at giving advice. I’ve also been on the receiving end of a lot of badly-executed job applications. Want a better chance at getting a job? Here’s my 2c for you to consider as you go on the hunt. Get to know the places you’re applying to A half-hour of research into a library’s strengths can go a long way towards showing the hiring committee that you take…

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Inaugural post to the E-Science Community Blog: “Before the executable paper, a verifiable paper: moving publishing forward with the Resource Identification Initiative”

Inaugural post to the E-Science Community Blog: “Before the executable paper, a verifiable paper: moving publishing forward with the Resource Identification Initiative”

Most current call-to-arms in scientific publishing invoke the idea of an “executable paper”—an article format that can truly take advantage of web-native publishing, leveraging embedded code and research data to allow readers to confirm research findings on the spot. Though a few promising prototypes have been shared in recent years, we are still fairly far from this ideal. In fact, we are still grappling with how we can ensure the offline verification of results. In the literature, vague descriptions of antibodies, software packages, and other resources…

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