Short survey: How do you evaluate the impact of data?

The Research Data Alliance and World Data System are investigating the viability of metrics to understand the use of experimental data

Take the survey.The last few years have seen a tremendous growth in the amount of attention paid to metrics in scholarly publishing. Previously restricted mainly to bibliometrics (the use of statistical methods to analyze the use of scholarly literature, usually restricted to the analysis of citations), new technologies and ideas have invigorated the field and have engaged a whole new audience. These new metrics - collectively known as alternative metrics or altmetrics – involve measuring impact through the collection and analysis of scholarly links in online networks. As alternative metrics coalesce and become more accepted, attention is turning to use of research outputs other than articles – principally research data, although work is underway to examine the use and re-use of graphics, presentations and code.

To investigate the viability of bibliometrics for data evaluation, the Publishing Data Bibliometrics Working Group of the Research Data Alliance and World Data System is conducting a short survey. We are inviting all data producers, users, managers and publishers to tell us how you currently evaluate the impact of data, and how you would wish to do so in the future.

Your input will help us plan for the future of data bilbiometrics and impact metrics.

The survey has 12 questions and should take no more than five minutes to complete. You can take the survey here.

The results will be disseminated via the Bibliometrics Working Group web page towards the end of 2014.

To learn more or get involved ...

If you would like to know more about the survey or the Bibliometrics working group – or if you would like to join the working group – email Sarah Callaghan, Senior Research Scientist at the British Atmospheric Data Centre, or visit the working group website.


Elsevier Connect Contributor

Mike TaylorMike Taylor (@herrison) has worked at Elsevier for 19 years, the past seven as a technology research specialist for the Elsevier Labs group. His other research interests include altmetrics, data metrics and author networks, and he has been involved with the ORCID Registry. Based in Oxford, he has spoken at various conferences on altmetrics and helped coordinate events. Details of his research work can be found on the Elsevier Labs website.

He is a member of the working group that created this survey.

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