Author identifiers & research impact: A role for libraries


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  • Ok – what is VIVO? We’ll address 3 different areas…
  • VIVO enables collaboration and understanding across an institution and among institutionsVIVO harvests much of its data automatically from verified sources so it is accurate and current, reducing the need for manual input.The rich information in VIVO profiles can be repurposed and shared with other institutional web pages and consumers, reducing cost and increasing efficiencies across the institution. Data is housed and maintained at the local institutions. There it can be updated on a regular basis. Search results are faceted so information can be located rapidly and with less time spent sorting through information.Profiles are largely created via automated data feeds, but can be customized to suit the needs of the individual.Profiles are richer in content than typical [web pages or] social networking sites and will rank higher in general internet searches. Across institutions VIVO provides a uniform semantic structure to enable a new class of tools using the data to advance science. …..visualizations, search, discovery, etcEach institution provides its own VIVO system and data. Local governance determines data to be provided.VIVO structures data in RDF triples using the VIVO ontology. Moreover, the recommendations state that as a general principle the profile data should be publically available as Linked Open Data. This announcement demonstrates the CTSA Consortium’s recognition of the value of semantic web standards and increasing momentum in support of semantic web technologies to facilitate research discovery. Examples of applications which consume these rich data, including: visualizations (Katy’s viz URL), enhanced multi-site search (VIVO search URL), and VIVO Searchlight (searchlight URL). Other utilities are in development across a wide range of functionalities.
  • Author identifiers & research impact: A role for libraries

    1. 1. AUTHOR IDENTIFIERS & RESEARCH IMPACT: A ROLE FOR LIBRARIES Kristi Holmes, PhD Becker Medical Library Washington University ICTS VIVO ORCID: 0000-0001-8420-5254 ALA Midwinter January 26, 2014 New Possibilities in Evaluation Metrics: Authors + Altmetrics = ?
    2. 2. So many great library-based projects Projects that depend on good identifiers Tools in our toolbox • Research impact • Library-based services, reports, analyses • ORCID iDs • Students and postdocs, research groups, others on campus • Research networking and • Scopus & other data discovery, research information systems • Identity management, data acquisition and processing, analyses and visualizations, liaison-type services sources • Analysis and visualization software (Sci2, etc.) Leverage the skills, resources, strengths, and expertise of the library
    3. 3. Research Impact Services • Reports from many sources • Analyses (pub data and more) • Visualizations • Other support services, workshops
    4. 4. Why do we need to think about research impact? • Quantify and document • • • • • • research impact Justify future requests for funding Quantify return on research investment Discover how research findings are being used Identify similar research projects Identify possible collaborators Determine if research findings are duplicated, confirmed, corrected, improved or repudiated • Determine if research findings • • • • • • were extended (different human populations, different animal models/species, etc.) Confirm that research findings were properly attributed/credited Demonstrate that research findings are resulting in meaningful health outcomes Discover community benefit as a result of research findings Progress reports Tenure Promotion dossiers
    5. 5. Research Impact “It is no longer enough to measure what we can – we need to measure what matters.” How do we measure what matters? Wells R, Whitworth A. 2007. Assessing outcomes of health and medical research: do we measure what counts or count what we can measure? Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 4:14
    6. 6. Leveraging the Becker Model • Would like to scale the Becker Model for use by others. • Adaptations in disciplines such as agriculture, archeology, nanotechnology, and more
    7. 7. The Becker Model • Provides a supplement to publication analysis to provide a more robust and comprehensive perspective of biomedical research impact. • reporting templates, glossary of resources and terms, examples of relevant indicators of impact across the research process, and readings • Straightforward framework for tracking diffusion of research outputs and activities to locate indicators that demonstrate evidence of biomedical research impact • individual, core, and institutional-level; modify for different disciplines • Guidance for quantifying and documenting research impact as well as resources for locating evidence of impact. • Strategies for enhancing the impact of research • Preparing for Publication, Dissemination, and Keeping Track of Your Research.
    8. 8. Meaningful impact • New diagnostic criteria • New standard of care • Curriculum guidelines Likely familiar… • Measurement instruments • Continuing education materials • Clinical/practice guidelines • Reviews • Quality measure guidelines • New funding awarded Pathways • Private healthcare benefit plans  Advancement of • New research studies • Cost-effective intervention Knowledge • Invited lectures, new focus • Consensus development  Clinical Implementation areas at conferences  on committees • MembershipLegislation and Policy Enactment • Awards conferences American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes • Change in delivery of healthcare services  Economic Benefit  Community Benefit
    9. 9. Ok…so what do we DO with this? How can we continue to make use of this information? (we don’t want it getting lost in a pile of paper on somebody’s desk) ;)
    10. 10. Research networking and discovery, Research information systems • Showcase achievements and expertise • Facilitate diffusion of research products • Better understanding of the research enterprise • Peer comparisons • Strategic planning • …and so on • Many products (VIVO, SciVal Experts, Profiles, etc.)
    11. 11. What is VIVO? 1. An open source semantic web application 2. An information model 3. An open community* * A big, welcoming OS community! Let us know if you have questions or need information, connections, or materials:
    12. 12. VIVO An open-source semantic web application that enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines in an institution. VIVO harvests data from verified sources and offers detailed profiles of faculty and researchers. Public, structured linked data about investigators interests, activities and accomplishments, and tools to use that data to advance science. VIVO enjoys a robust open community space to support implementation, adoption, & development efforts around the world. See
    13. 13. Acknowledgements Collaborators: • Cathy Sarli, MLS, AHIP • Washington University ICTS • Becker Medical Library Questions/Follow-up: • • @kristiholmes Funding: • Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, NIH award UL1 RR024992 • VIVO - DuraSpace