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NISO’s Altmetrics Initiative Nettie Lagace (@abugseye) ICIS Meeting, UC Davis February 14, 2014

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NISO's Altmetrics Initiative, a presentation by Nettie Lagace for ICIS: Innovating Communication in Scholarship meeting at UC Davis February 13-14, 2014


  • 1. NISOs Altmetrics Initiative Nettie Lagace (@abugseye) ICIS Meeting, UC Davis February 14, 2014

2. What is NISO? Non-profit industry trade association accredited by ANSI with 150+ members Mission of developing and maintaining standards related to information, documentation, discovery and distribution of published materials and media Represent US interests to ISO TC46 (Information and Documentation) and also serve as Secretariat for ISO TC46/SC 9 (Identification and Description) Responsible for standards like ISSN, DOI, Dublin Core metadata, DAISY digital talking books, OpenURL, SIP, NCIP, MARC records and ISBN (indirectly) Volunteer driven organization: 400+ spread out across the world 3. Premise of Standards Consensus standards created by a community with various stakeholders Trust Leading to broader acceptance Standards as plumbing Standards facilitate trade, commerce and innovation Standards reduce costs Standards support better communication and interoperability across systems 4. ANSI Standards Openness, lack of dominance, balance = everyone affected has a voice Notifications, consideration of views and objections Consensus votes and appeals ANSI patent policy, commercial terms and conditions Publication and maintenance Credible & have Integrity 5. The Altmetrics Project Came out of breakout session at (ACM) altmetrics12 meeting in Chicago, June 2012 Funded by grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Premise of grant award: To help facilitate the adoption of altmetrics, development of community consensus standards can help address limitations and gaps that currently exist Identify and prioritize needs and requirements 6. Why worth funding? Scholarly assessment is critical to the overall process Which projects get funded Who gets promoted and tenure Which publications are prominent Assessment has been based on citation since the 60s Todays scholars multiple types of interactions with scholarly content are not reflected Is non-traditional scholarly output important too? 7. Why worth funding? In order to move out of pilot and proof-ofconcept phases Altmetrics must coalesce around commonly understood definitions, calculations and data sharing practices Altmetrics must be able to be audited Organizations who want to apply metrics will need to understand them and ensure consistent application and meaning across the community 8. Whats to Standardize? Field is too new no existing practice to build on Standards should not be invented / codified A diversion from the real work that needs to be done No community practice: administrators, granting orgs etc. need accepted, trustworthy, verifiable info This project is not taking place overnight; two stages for a reason NISO open process invites engagement from all 9. A few Questions about Altmetrics What gets measured (counted)? What are criteria for assessing quality of these measures? How granular should the metrics be to enable computation and analysis? What period(s) should the metrics cover? What technical infrastructure is necessary to enable the exchange of the metrics data? 10. 2 Phases Phase 1: Hold meetings of stakeholders to define a high-level list of issues October 2013, San Francisco December 2013, Washington, DC January 2014, Philadelphia Public Webinars White paper output, public presentations, public feedback Phase 2: Create Working Group within NISO structure, to create recommended practice(s) and/or standard(s) Education/training efforts to ensure implementation Final report to Sloan due November 2015 11. niso.orgLinked from 12. Steering Committee Euan Adie, Altmetric Amy Brand, Harvard University Mike Buschman, Plum Analytics Todd Carpenter, NISO Martin Fenner, Public Library of Science (PLoS) (Chair) Michael Habib, Reed Elsevier Gregg Gordon, Social Science Research Network (SSRN) William Gunn, Mendeley Nettie Lagace, NISO Jamie Liu, American Chemical Society (ACS) Heather Piwowar, ImpactStory John Sack, HighWire Press Peter Shepherd, Project Counter Christine Stohn, Ex Libris Greg Tananbaum, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition) 13. Meeting Format Livestreamed (video recordings now available) Morning: lightning talks, post-it brainstorming Afternoon: discussion groups Business and use cases Qualitative/quantitative Quality and data science Data integrity Definitions Future proofing 14. Next Steps (Phase 1) Review and process all input from meetings Additional 1-on-1 interviews Community input via Preparation of white paper Public webinar(s) to discuss draft white paper White paper/work proposal finalized; vetted and approved by NISO leadership and members Phase 2 to begin ~September 2014 15. Thank you! [email protected] @abugseye