The University of North Carolina Scholarly Communications Working Group

May 2013 Topic

April 18th, 2013 · No Comments

Speaker: Jason Priem, doctoral student, UNC SILS
Where: Davis Library, Rm 214
When: Wednesday, May 8th at NOON
Topic: Altmetrics and the Decoupled Journal

As the movement toward universal open access (OA) gathers momentum, the most salient OA questions are changing from “if” and even “when,” to “what will an OA world look like?” Is open access an incremental improvement, or will it lead to fundamental shifts in the way scholarship is communicated, filtered, and disseminated? In this talk, Jason will argue that the latter is the case: new ways of measuring scholarly impact on the social Web — “altmetrics” — will allow real-time, crowdsourced filtering of diverse scholarly products, leading to a new landscape of interoperable services that replace traditional journals. Jason will also demonstrate ImpactStory, an open-source tool for gathering altmetrics, and show how it can be used to promote OA, open data, and open source to faculty.