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NISO Virtual Conference

Advancing Altmetrics: Best Practices and Emerging Ideas 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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About the Virtual Conference

This is an active area for a variety of reasons. There is an on-going need to justify the work, space and resources invested in the library. How best to appropriately generate, synthesize, interpret and deliver the most useful data to demonstrate the return on investment made by the institution. What do we know to be best practices for using Altmetrics in assessment activities? How comfortable are faculty with the use of Altmetrics in the context of tenure & promotion activities?  

NISO’s working group on Altmetrics has built a better understanding of use cases for existing Altmetrics, but already there are discussions of whether new metrics might be usefully framed for measuring research impact outside of the academic environment or for capturing the value of non-conventional outputs of research.

Will the usage indicators of views and downloads be sufficient for evaluation of the usefulness of data sets? What example might be provided by studies of COUNTER, SUSHI and SUSHI Lite? What alternative approaches might be needed or fostered in order to ensure the discoverability, usability and reproducibility of scientific data sets?

Preliminary Agenda

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Introduction
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

11:10 – 11:45am Altmetrics: The Current Landscape

Confirmed Speaker: Mike Taylor, Head of Metric Development, Digital Science

The session will feature a speaker well-qualified to address the following:

• State of the Art and Current Initiatives
• Vocabulary & key acronyms
• influential players

11:45am – 12:15pm Disciplinary Differences in the Use of Altmetrics

Confirmed Speaker: Stacy Konkiel, Director of Research and Education, Altmetric

This session will feature a speaker well-qualified to address the following:
• Different meaning (and use) within different communities
• Examples
• Implications for successful and responsible use of altmetrics within the information ecosystem

12:15pm – 12:45pm Challenges

Confirmed Speaker: William GunnDirector of Scholarly Communications, Mendeley

This session will feature a speaker well-qualified to address the following:
• In gauging impact, what quality benchmarks are in place? (Does the “reach” driven by click-bait headlines on an article pose a threat to appropriate research recognition?)
• Impact of common (and not necessarily inappropriate) practices, such as self-citation?
• What does the community still need to do?

12:45pm – 1:45pm Break for Lunch

1:45pm – 2:45pm Altmetrics in the Trenches (2 speakers)

Confirmed Speakers: Andy HerzogFaculty Services and Online Engagement, Department Head, University of Texas at Arlington; Patty Smith, Impact and Dissemination Librarian, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University

This session will feature two speakers well-qualified to offer case studies covering:
• What is the speaker doing in a particular environment? Rationale
• Seen (and unforeseen) challenges encountered
• Best practices in specific context
• Accomplishments/Success

2:45pm – 3:15pm Altmetrics and Data

Confirmed Speaker: Daniella LowenbergResearch Data Specialist & Product Manager, California Digital Library

This session will feature a speaker well qualified to address the following:
• Applying metrics at the level of the data (sets)
• What is required? What supports usage of the data?
• Forthcoming initiatives (as may exist or as may be needed)

3:15pm – 3:30pm Break

3:30pm – 4:00pm Responsible Use of Altmetrics

Confirmed Speaker: Darby Orcutt, Assistant Head, Collections and Research Strategy, North Carolina State University

This session will feature a speaker well-qualified to address the following:
• What are the basics re collection & interpretation of the data?
• Institutional thinking, practices, and considerations in use of metrics
• Long term impact on the research process and administrative decision-making

4:00pm – 4:30pm Future Directions

Confirmed Speaker: Martha Kyrillidou, PhD., Principal, QualityMetrics, LLC

This session will feature a speaker well-qualified to address the following:
• How do users (researchers, funding bodies, administrators) of these metrics move forward?
• What next actions might provide the right boost to responsible usage?
• What might be on the horizon? (Can we even see one?)

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4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 
Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO


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Registration closes on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

2017 Registration Costs

  • NISO LSA & Voting Members; NASIG Members 
    • $190.00 (US and Canada)
    • $230.00 (International)
  • Non-Member
    • $255.00 (US and Canada)
    • $295.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $85.00

Additional Information

  • Cancellations made by Wednesday, December 6, 2017 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
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  • Conference presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to this event webpage following the live conference.
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