Good morning everyone. The subject that I have been allocated for this session is Tracking Your Book: What you should know about Altmetrics…
One of the really important things about metadata is that it helps to make content SOCIAL. It makes it easier to share, it makes it possible to track, it allows people and works to be identified with one another and it makes it so that we can begin to track relationships between people and content in new ways.
Tracking Your Book
What you should know about
Who am I? Why am I here?
• Dr. Lucy Montgomery
• Research Director for Knowledge Unlatched.
• A not-for-profit company creating
sustainable routes to Open Access for
• Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, QUT.
• Author of a book.
1. What is metadata?
2. What are Altmetrics?
3. What do they mean for books?
4. Can they help support a shift to Open
5. What are we doing about it?
What is Metadata*
(a) “Data about Data”
(b)Something the NSA wants a lot of
(c) Magic pixie dust
(e) All of the above
*As defined by Micah Altman.
See his great presentation on Metadata and Metrics to support OA at:
What are Altmetrics
• An alternative to ‘traditional’ measures of
research impact: JIF, citation counts.
• Arising from the social web.
• “expands our view of what impact looks like,
but also of what’s making the impact”
• New approach to filtering content for quality
and relevance. Crowd sourced peer review?
Impact metrics and Books
• How do you measure the ‘impact’ of books?
• Citation Counts: Problematic.
• Social media buzz?
• Reputation of the publisher?
What kind of impact metrics?
• Analogue books: Little information about who
reads what, where.
• The shift to digital is making books more
visible in digital landscapes.
• But what kind of impact metrics to the
authors of books want and need?
Can Altmetrics help with open?
• Can Altmetrics help tell richer stories about
the effects of OA on the dissemination of
knowledge and ideas contained in books?
• Can they help research funders to trace the
impact of work they fund?
• Can they help researchers to understand their
audiences better and engage in new ways?
What KU is doing about it
• High quality metadata for OA books.
• Intended to make books visible, discoverable
and easy to use.
• Book and chapter level DOIs.
• Gathering information about use.
• Making data available to altmetric projects
What authors should know
• Altmetrics for books are still in their infancy.
• However, engaging with Altmetric tools is
important and useful for authors of books.
• Understanding what Altmetrics are, how they
work and thinking about what you might want
from a metrics system will help you to shape
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Available as an eBook
Chapter Level DOIs!