Tuesday, December 30, 2008

MESUR For Measure: MEtrics from Scholarly Usage of Resources

MESUR: MEtrics from Scholarly Usage of Resources


The project's major objective is enriching the toolkit used for the assessment of the impact of scholarly communication items, and hence of scholars, with metrics that derive from usage data. The project has created a semantic model of the scholarly communication process, and an associated large-scale semantic store that relates a range of bibliographic, citation and usage data obtained from a variety of sources.

After mapping the structure of the scholarly community on the basis of the established reference data set, MESUR will conduct an investigation into the definition and validation of a range of usage-based metrics. The defined metrics will be cross-validated, resulting in the formulation of guidelines and recommendations.
MESUR Database

The MESUR data base now contains 1B usage events (2002-2007) obtained from 6 significant publishers, 4 large institutional consortia and 4 significant aggregators! The collected usage data spans more than 100,000 serials (including newspapers, magazines, etc.) and is related to journal citation data that spans about 10,000 journals and nearly 10 years (1996-2006). In addition we have obtained significant publisher-provided COUNTER usage reports that span nearly 2000 institutions worldwide.

The data is being ingested into a combination of relational and semantic web databases, the latter of which is now estimated to result in nearly 10 billion semantic statements (triples). MESUR is now producing large-scale, longitudinal maps of the scholarly community and a survey of more than 60 different metrics of scholarly impact.

Quick Facts

Funding: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / Timeline: October 2006 - October 2008

Principal investigator: Johan Bollen / Institution: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) / Team: Digital Library Research & Prototyping Team of the LANL Research Library

People: Johan Bollen is the Principal Investigator; Herbert Van de Sompel serves as an architectural consultant; and Aric Hagberg of the LANL Mathematical Modeling and Analysis group serves as modeling consultants.

Marko A. Rodriguez, a recent PhD graduate at the University of California Santa Cruz and now LANL post-doc at the LANL Center for Non-Linear Science, has supported the project's research and development. Ryan Chute of the LANL Research Library is now the project’s main developer and database manager.




Overview Papers / Lectures and Slides / MESUR Timeline / Metrics / MESUR Official Summary


MESUR Publications

Articles / Lectures and Slides






See Also

A Principal Component Analysis of 39 Scientific Impact Measures


Monday, December 29, 2008

Final Impact: What Factors Really Matter?

Columbia University Libraries. Information Services. Scholarly Communications Program / Fostering Innovation in Scholarly Communication /

Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication

Final Impact: What Factors Really Matter?

October 30 2008 / 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT/

Columbia University Medical Center / Hammer Health Sciences Center / 701 W. 168th Street / Room 401

A panel discussion on the debate about the best way to rank the importance and influence of scholarly publications.


  • Marian Hollingsworth, director of Publisher Relations at Thomson Reuters and former assistant director of the National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services [Start: 4:15]

  • Jevin West, an Achievement Awards for College Scientists Fellow at the University of Washington's Biology Department and head developer for Eigenfactor.org [Start: 20:10]

  • Johan Bollen, a staff researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the principal investigator of the MESUR project [Start: 61:45]

Columbia University Librarian Jim Neal introduces the talk [Start: 00:00]

A/V Available at

[http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/content/final-impact-what-factors-really-matter] [Duration: 106:02 minutes]

>>PDF/PPT Slides NOW Available [01-05-09]<<



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"The Scholarly Communication Program is pleased to present a speaker series for the 2008-09 academic year on today's pivotal issues in scholarly communication. Six events will explore how scholars and researchers can take advantage of new and powerful ways of creating, sharing, reusing, and preserving knowledge."


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Friday, December 12, 2008

CHE: Bringing Tenure Into The Digital Age: Q&A With Christine L. Borgman

Bringing Tenure Into the Digital Age
New tools for analyzing information are arriving every day, but that doesn’t mean scholars who use them well are being rewarded, says Christine L. Borgman, a professor of information studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. She contends that the new “scholarly information infrastructure” must be shaped with collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

Q. In your recent book, “Scholarship in the Digital Age,” you contend that the tenure system needs to reward people for contributions to collaborative digital projects instead of recognizing only those who publish books and articles. Why?

A. Data is becoming a first-class object. In the days of completely paper publication, the article or book was the end of the line. And once the book was in libraries, the data were often thrown away or allowed to deteriorate.

Now we’re in a massive shift. Data become resources. They are no longer just a byproduct of research. And that changes the nature of publishing, how we think about what we do, and how we educate our graduate students. The accumulation of that data should be considered a scholarly act as well as the publication that comes out of it.


Q. Do you have any tips for the young scholar who feels deluged and overwhelmed?

A. Look for good data that have already been generated and are available. It’s the old saw about how an hour in the library can keep you from spending 60 hours in the lab. It’s similar in research nowadays. Finding good data that someone else has done, that you can build upon, is time well spent. [And] find partners that complement your expertise.

Q. What is your prescription when it comes to building infrastructure that makes all this information available?

A. We need a new conversation. We need to determine what we should be building, instead of just figuring if we build it, they will come. We’ve spent a lot of money on the technology without asking a lot of questions about the nature of scholarship.

When we do ask those questions, we will come up against entrenched interests, like the way we publish and get tenure. So we need to consider the policies and incentives for the reward system and for the use and reuse of information. These will need to change. —Lisa Guernsey


Monday, December 1, 2008

Workshop: Making The Web Work For Science

Making the Web Work for Science:

The Impact of e-Science and the Cyber-Infrastructure

A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI and NFAIS and Hosted by FLICC

Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20540

Mumford Room / December 8, 2008 / 9:00am - 4:30pm

AGENDA (11-4-08)

8:30am - 9:00am: Registration/Coffee

9:00am - 9:15am:
Welcome / Opening Remarks Roberta Shaffer, Director of FLICC, Library of Congress

9:15am - 10:00am: Making the Web Work for Science: The Current Landscape

The opening keynote will provide an overview of how the Web is currently being utilized for the advancement of science and scholarly communication. Roberta Shaffer will introduce Dr. Christine Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet.

10:00am - 10:15am: Break and Networking Opportunity

10:15am - 11:45 pm: Making the Web Work for Science: The Content Providers’ Perspective

This session will focus on how innovative content providers, including Federal STI program leaders, librarians, and publishers are leveraging current Web technologies in order to maximize global access to and use of scientific and scholarly information. The use of Web 2.0 features such as Wiki’s, RSS feeds and blogs will be discussed as will plans for the future.

The panel participants are Dr. Walter Warnick, Director, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, Department of Energy; Dr. Sayeed Choudhury, Johns Hopkins University; and Howard Ratner, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Nature Publishing Group. Karen Spence, DOE/OSTI, will moderate.

11:45am - 12:45pm: Lunch

12:45pm - 2:00pm: Making the Web Work for Science: What Scientists Really Need!

In this session, two practicing scientists will discuss their use of conventional and Web-based information tools for scientific research, what works and what does not, and what they believe the information community needs to provide in to maximize the full potential of the Web as an effective and essential resource for scientific discovery.

The panel participants are Dr. Antony Williams, Founder, ChemSpider; and Dr. Alberto Conti, Astrophysicist, Space Telescope Science Institute. Jill O’Neill, NFAIS, will moderate.

2:00pm - 3:30pm: Making the Web Work for Science: Challenges to Implementation

In this session, three experts will discuss the technological, legal and cultural challenges that all organizations must overcome – libraries, publishing institutions, scientific laboratories, etc. - so that each can utilize the full potential of the Internet and the Web met in the fulfillment of their common mission – to build the world’s knowledgebase through enabling research and managing the flow of scholarly communication.

The participants are Dr. Michael R. Nelson, Visiting Professor at Georgetown University; Fred Haber, Vice President and General Counsel, Copyright Clearance Center; Dr. Michael Nielsen, Physicist and Science Writer, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Canada). Bonnie C. Carroll, Executive Director of the CENDI Secretariat, will moderate.

3:30pm - 3:45pm: Break

3:45pm - 4:30pm: Making the Web Work for Science: What the Future Holds

This final keynote will explore the future promise of the Web and the various ways in which the cyber-infrastructure can ultimately re-engineer not only how scientific research is conducted, but also how the resultant information is communicated, shared, verified, and built upon as scientists and scholars around the globe increasingly collaborate in building the world’s knowledgebase of scientific and scholarly information.

Ellen Herbst, NTIS Director, will introduce Dr. Christopher Greer, recently of the National Science Foundation’s Cyber-Infrastructure Office, and currently the Director of Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) of the National Coordination Office.

4:30pm: Adjournment

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General Information / Registration / Etc.

There is a two-fee structure for this workshop to allow the sponsors’ and host’s members an opportunity to attend at a reduced cost. CENDI, NFAIS, and FLICC members will be charged $65.00; all others have a registration fee of $95.00.