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AReS and Altmetrics: How we use them at ILRI


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Presented by Abenet Yabowork at the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Developers’ Retreat, Nairobi, Kenya, 3-6 December 2019

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AReS and Altmetrics: How we use them at ILRI

  1. 1. AReS and Altmetrics: How we use them at ILRI Abenet Yabowork International Livestock Research Institute Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Developers’ Retreat Nairobi, Kenya 3-6 December 2019
  2. 2. Agricultural Research e-Seeker (AReS)
  3. 3. Team: ILRI, ICARDA, WorldFish, IITA, CodeObia
  4. 4. Background • Repositories such as DSpace, CKAN and Dataverse does not present content in a visual way • Need to facilitate integrated insights from the repositories containing tens of thousands of items from across the CGIAR centers, research programs and partners • To provide new way to access content across different repositories and offer more value from the content that is already available
  5. 5. Agricultural Research e-Seeker: What it is • Content aggregation tool • Combines different content types and sources using compatible metadata and standards (CG-Core, DC) • Harvests multiple repositories (CGSpace, MELspace, FISHspace) • Will ultimately include other repository types e.g. Dataverse
  6. 6. ….AReS • Explores and visualizes content around different - metadata fields - content collections and categories - search queries • Shows relationships between different metadata filters • Navigate single/multiple repository content in visual ways
  7. 7. …..AReS • Generates reports for queries • Visualizations and reports based on content from different repositories can be exported • Enhances content discovery for users, facilitating analysis, learning, reporting and decisions
  8. 8. …..AReS • Has public usage data from DSpace and Altmetric • Preserves original repository configurations • Exposes inconsistencies • Configuration of the Open Repositories Explorer and Visualizer (OpenRXV) - Standard tool for public usage – open source contribution for the Open Repositories community
  9. 9. Explore…. 1. What research did ILRI work on dairy in east Africa in the past 10 years? 2. How many ISI journal articles ILRI’s animal and human health program produced in 2018/19 3. What percent of ILRI’s research was funded by BMGF in 2019?
  10. 10. Plans for 2020 • New ToR to improve AReS and OpenRXV - additional reports for different users and use cases - improved filters, icons, text, erroneous values in exports etc • Promote the tool more widely
  11. 11. Questions?
  12. 12. Altmetrics
  13. 13. Altmetrics: What they are • Are complementary metrices to traditional, citation-based metrics alt + metrics • Are data that can explain about both the volume and nature of attention research receives online
  14. 14. Altmetrics: CGSpace item page Bibliographic info Information on social media, news outlets, policy documents etc. Bibliographic info
  15. 15. Altmetrics: AReS sort by
  16. 16. Attention score • Quantitative measure of the quality and quantity of attention research outputs/scholarly articles received online • Is a weighted count (derived from an automated algorithm) • Useful to rank research outputs based on attention (it can't tell you anything about the quality of the article itself, though reading the linked discussions might)
  17. 17. News outlets & Blogs • Over 2000 news sites • 9,000+ Blogs Social media Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Public posts only Reference managers • Mendeley, Citeulike etc • Reader counts Other sources Scopus Citations Wikipedia Youtube Reddit F1000 Q&A Policy documents • FAO • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change • Many more… Sources of attention
  18. 18. Why we use altmetrics on CGSpace? • Apply to more than journal articles and books • Show how often our research are discussed and used around the world (indicating influence and impacts) • Quicker to accumulate
  19. 19. How are research tracked by Altmetric? Publicize research using a handle/ Digital Object Identifier (DOI) An output published on CGSpace (journal article, book, poster etc) It has an identifier attached to the output (DOI/handle) Mentions in a source eg. twitted
  20. 20. Always look at what people are saying And NOT just at the numbers Attention doesn’t = quality Think of Altmetrics just as one tool to understand research impact For reporting….
  21. 21. Altmetric Explorer • Make it easy for you to search, filter, sort, save, analyse and export Altmetric data for reporting • Help you to quickly see highlights of attention for your research output Login:
  22. 22. 8 minutes video about the Dashboard Source: Information about Altmetrics is derived from and their reusable training slides
  23. 23. This presentation is licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. better lives through livestock ILRI thanks all donors and organizations which globally support its work through their contributions to the CGIAR Trust Fund