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  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The failure of altmetrics

Cassidy Sugimoto will present as part of the Digital Library Brown Bag Series

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  • Date & time
    Wednesday, November 12, 2014
  • Location
    Herman B Wells Library
    IU Bloomington

About this event

Cassidy Sugimoto will present as part of the Digital Library Brown Bag Series:


In this talk, Cassidy Sugimoto argues that altmetrics have failed to deliver on their promise. She discusses criticisms of altmetrics (including those dealing with validity and reliability issues), but argues that the largest failure of altmetrics has been the focus on a single genre -- that is, the journal article -- and setting altmetrics up as an alternative to citations. Sugimoto introduces the notion of outcomes-based evaluation and demonstrates that altmetrics cannot be equated with outcomes in this model. She urges the community to rethink ways in which we can build metrics that can capture larger societal impact. She discusses four axes of potential impact: production, dissemination, engagement, assessment. In each of these, she reviews various examples of current initiatives and challenges the audience to conceive of possible metrics to capture the desired outcome in each scenario.

Sugimoto is an assistant professor of library and information science in the IU School of Informatics and Computing.

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