"Which Kind of Papers Has Higher or Lower Altmetric Counts? A Study Using Article-Level Metrics from PLOS and F1000Prime"

Posted in Scholarly Metrics on September 15th, 2014

Lutz Bornmann has self-archived "Which Kind of Papers Has Higher or Lower Altmetric Counts? A Study Using Article-Level Metrics from PLOS and F1000Prime."

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The present study investigates the usefulness of altmetrics for measuring the broader impact of research. Methods: This study is essentially based on a dataset with papers obtained from F1000. This dataset was augmented with altmetrics (such as Twitter counts) which were downloaded from the homepage of PLOS (the Public Library of Science). This study covers a total of 1,082 papers. Findings: The results from regression models indicate that Facebook and Twitter, but not Figshare or Mendeley, can provide indications of papers which are of interest to a broader circle of readers (and not only for the peers in a specialist area), and seem therefore be useful for societal impact measurement.

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    Director, Research and Informatics at Virginia Tech

    Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 15th, 2014

    Virginia Tech is recruiting a Director, Research and Informatics.

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    The Director, Research and Informatics reports to the Associate Dean for Research and Informatics and manages operations for library programs, services, educational opportunities, and campus collaborations that support the research mission of the university. As a member of the Libraries' senior leadership team, the Director, Research and Informatics contributes to library-wide planning and policy making and helps to shape strategic directions for the Libraries.

    The division of Research and Informatics includes scholarly communication, data curation, and technology development units that oversee consulting, instruction, digital services, and digital library development activities in support of the university's intellectual contributions and research processes. Strategic priorities for the division emphasize research environmental assessment, embedding digital curation processes in research environments, and providing leading digital curation and preservation solutions for the campus community.

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      Digital Curation News (9/12/2014) #digitalpreservation

      Posted in Digital Curation News on September 12th, 2014

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        Web Learning Environments Application Developer at Virginia Tech

        Posted in Library IT Jobs on September 12th, 2014

        Virginia Tech is recruiting a Web Learning Environments Application Developer.

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        The Web Learning Environments Application Developer leads in the design and creates the University Libraries' new online learning platform and other online learning environments applications working closely with the Online Learning and Education Librarian and the Learning Services unit to develop a vision for the online learning platform and collaborate with others to operationalize that vision.

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          Institute of Museum and Library Services Funds 51 Library Projects

          Posted in Grants on September 12th, 2014

          The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced 51 grants.

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          The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 51 library projects, totaling $9,291,441, that will advance library and archives practice by addressing challenges in the field and by testing and evaluating innovations.

          The projects were selected from 212 applications through the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries programs, requesting more than $14.6 million and matched with $7,154,135 in non-federal funds. This announcement includes three grants through the Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program, which total $647,821.

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            Data Curator at Virginia Tech

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 12th, 2014

            Virginia Tech is recruiting a Data Curator.

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            The Data Curator works in a team-based environment to implement and advance the Libraries' data management services. Working as part of the Data Curation Unit and collaborating with colleagues across the Libraries, the incumbent will play a leading role in creating workflows, identifying, implementing, and assessing the use of technologies that support qualitative and quantitative data gathering, manipulation, transformation, visualization and analysis. They will also advise on the development of infrastructure supporting a data repository to maximize the exposure and reuse of research data sets at Virginia Tech and lead efforts involving the transformation of metadata into appropriate formats.

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              Do Altmetrics Point to the Broader Impact of Research? An Overview of Benefits and Disadvantages of Altmetrics

              Posted in Scholarly Metrics on September 12th, 2014

              Lutz Bornmann has self-archived "Do Altmetrics Point to the Broader Impact of Research? An Overview of Benefits and Disadvantages of Altmetrics."

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              Today, it is not clear how the impact of research on other areas of society than science should be measured. While peer review and bibliometrics have become standard methods for measuring the impact of research in science, there is not yet an accepted framework within which to measure societal impact. Alternative metrics (called altmetrics to distinguish them from bibliometrics) are considered an interesting option for assessing the societal impact of research, as they offer new ways to measure (public) engagement with research output. Altmetrics is a term to describe web-based metrics for the impact of publications and other scholarly material by using data from social media platforms (e.g. Twitter or Mendeley). This overview of studies explores the potential of altmetrics for measuring societal impact. It deals with the definition and classification of altmetrics. Furthermore, their benefits and disadvantages for measuring impact are discussed.

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                Digital Curation News (9/11/2014) #digitalpreservation

                Posted in Digital Curation News on September 11th, 2014

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