Following the close of the comment period for the NISO draft white paper
summarizing Phase I of its Alternative Assessment Metrics (Altmetrics)
Project, NISO is making available a survey inviting the community to provide
input as to what action items in the realm of alternative assessment are
most important for NISO to work on in its upcoming Phase II.
The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/niso-altmetrics.
All are invited to provide input through August 29.
The NISO white paper, available at
te_paper_draft_v4.pdf, summarizes community input to development of
potential standards and recommended practices for research assessment
metrics. The Initiative was launched in July 2013, with a grant from the
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to study, propose, and develop community-based
standards or recommended practices for alternative metrics. In Phase 1 of
the project, three in-person meetings were held and 30 in-person interviews
conducted to collect input from all relevant stakeholders, including
researchers, librarians, university administrators, scientific research
funders, and publishers. The draft white paper is the summary of the
findings from those meetings and interviews, along with the identification
of potential action items for further work in Phase II of the project.
More than 250 ideas were generated by participants in the meetings and
interviews, and NISO condensed these to 25 action items in nine categories:
definitions, research outputs, discovery, research evaluation, data quality
and gaming, grouping and aggregation, context, stakeholders' perspectives,
The NISO Altmetrics Project webpage
(www.niso.org/topics/tl/altmetrics_initiative) provides links to detailed
output documents and recordings from each of the meetings and related
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