From Bibliometrics to Altmetrics: a new concept of Impact

   June 6, 2016 Monday

Valeria SCOTTI
Fondazione IRCCS, Pavia, Italy
From Bibliometrics to Altmetrics: a new concept of Impact.
Targeted Audience
This presentation is appropriate for anyone interested in Altmetrics; attendees need not have previous knowledge/experience with Altmetrics.
The course aims to take stock of the situation on Altmetrics and their use in libraries and their possible applications (for e.g: collection development). Also I will illustrate the use of the alternative metrics by researchers, by institutions and by founders for grants applications. Altmetrics can help researchers demonstrate the impact of their research, in particular if the research outputs are not journal articles, but data sets, software, etc., and if the impact is best demonstrated in metrics rather than citations. The question to ask becomes: What is the research impact? During the course we will try to find an answer to this question.

I also would be interested in creating an Eahil new special interest group on metrics (both traditional and alternative).

As we know, impact assessment of researchers and their research is central to scholarly communication. Librarians need new skill sets to understand these changes.
It becomes necessary to measure the broad impact of our researchers in the academic community and society in a different way from what was traditionally done. In addition, it is increasingly important to explore the possibility of combining the traditional altmetrics indicators, as a possible parameter for the allocation of funds and the annual evaluation of the research.
The session will provide an introduction to Altmetrics, and explain how and why it’s increasingly important researchers can demonstrate.
The course will be particularly useful for librarians interested in understanding the reach and impact of research, or tasked with reporting to funders on the research engagement in broader society.
Attendees of this course can expect to learn to:

Explanation of Altmetric data, how it is collected and how it should & should not be interpreted
Overview of various altmetric providers, their offerings, strengths/weaknesses
Activity to demonstrate the ways in which researchers, librarians, and research administrators can use altmetric data in work activities.

Agenda (provisional)

Time Title Content
90′ Introduction What are Altmetrics?
90′ Usage How are Altmetrics used?
30′ Discussion What do you think about ?

As a result of this workshop participants should:

Have an understanding of some of the main tools used for altmetrics.
Identify social media services that can use altmetric services to indicate the ‘buzz’ around your own topic of research.
Have an understanding of how altmetrics is being discussed for future measurement of research impact

Prerequisite understanding
Knowledges of bibliometric indicators in general.
(if a PC is needed, sometimes should be advisable to use PC instead of tablets depending on the resources to be accessed during the course)
I think that a seminar room would be appropriate. In alternative a computer training room.
 Course Leader
I graduated in Political Sciences at University of Pavia; since 2009 I work as a Medical Librarian at the Center for Scientific Documentation of IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation, an important teaching and hospital in Northern Italy. In these years I lectured in several courses on bibliometric indicators and on various subjects on health information. I first met the term “Altmetrics” four years ago, while I was studying usage statistics and Bibliometrics indicators as a method to evaluate both subscriptions journals and scientific production. It has been “Love at the first sight”. In August 2015, I became a member of the Altmetrics Ambassador team.
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