altmetrics11: Tracking Scholarly Impact on the Social Web
Koblenz (Germany), 14-15 June 2011
An ACM Web Science Conference 2011 Workshop
Keynote: Mike Thelwall, University of Wolverhampton: "Evaluating online evidence of research impact"
The increasing quantity and velocity of scientific output is presenting scholars with a deluge of data. There is growing concern that scholarly output may be swamping traditional mechanisms for both pre-publication filtering (e.g peer review) and post-publication impact filtering (e.g. the Journal Impact Factor).
Increasing scholarly use of Web2.0 tools like CiteULike, Mendeley, Twitter, and blog-style article commenting presents an opportunity to create new filters. Metrics based on a diverse set of social sources could yield broader, richer, and more timely assessments of current and potential scholarly impact. Realizing this, many authors have begun to call for investigation of these "altmetrics." (see http://www.altmetrics.org for a bibliography and more details).
Despite the growing speculation and early exploratory investigation into the value of altmetrics, however, there remains little concrete, objective research into the properties of these metrics: their validity, their potential value and flaws, and their relationship to established measures. Nor has there been any large umbrella to bring these multiple perspectives together. The altmetrics 11 workshop aims to encourage both these.
* New metrics based on social media
* Tracking science communication on the Web
* Relation between traditional metrics and altmetrics
* Peer-review and altmetrics
* Tools for gathering, analyzing, disseminating altmetrics
The workshop is hosted by the ACM Web Science Conference 2011 (Koblenz, Germany). This interdisciplinary conference focuses on advances in studying the full range of social-technical relationships on the Web. Please visit the Web Science site for more information.
* Paul Groth – VU University Amsterdam, NL
* Jason Priem – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
* Dario Taraborelli – Wikimedia Foundation, USA
The organizers have an interdisciplinary background covering Sociology, Information and Library Science and Computer Science.