Tech Focus - 5:AM break out session

Wednesday 26 September


By Amy Rees, Product and Client Support Specialist at Altmetric


Our second session this afternoon, “Tech Focus” was chaired by Martijn Roelandse from Springer Nature. The session allowed three different speakers to talk about technical aspects of their projects.

The first presentation “How to Make Data Count”  was given by Kristian Garza from DataCite. The “Make Data Count” project is trying to address the gap where data isn’t being tracked to the same degree journal articles are. “Make Data Count” is focused on bringing a standard way to measure usage data and encouraging open data

Recently, the Code of Practice for tracking data usage has been made COUNTER compliant. This work has been implemented in two ways. The first way is that they have produced log processing tools that allow repositories to process data in a counter-compliant way. The second is that users can submit standard data reports, which are then sent out via API.

Luc Boruta (from Thunken) presented “Altmetrics, Altdocuments and Altlanguages”, highlighting the shortcomings of the “alt” nature of current altmetrics tracking. The presentation contributed to the ongoing discussions in this conference, and the field in general, about the lack of diversity in altmetrics. Luc positioned that sampling and selection bias encourage altmetrics data to remain focused on journal articles, with different versions of the same paper not linked, and with only attention that is in English. Thunken’s Cobaltmetrics is working actively to encourage working towards “depths of coverage”, meaning that languages and communities are better represented.

The final presentation was given by Christine Buske, from Crossref, who discussed Crossref’s new Event Data service. Christine started with essential philosophical questions: What do we mean by metrics? What do you mean by reliability? Crossref’s Event Data lets you create your own metrics, your own research, and your own infrastructure. Intended to be open and transparent, you can search through Event Data by identifier and see the history of what was captured, when, and how. Evidence Logs and Evidence Records allow users to see the process of all Events being created, updated, and deleted. As of this morning, Crossref has captured more than 107 million events with more appearing every minute! Their data is open and ready to use.

All three presentations showed the range in work that is being done in the field of altmetrics and tracking the use and engagement with research outputs. It’ll be exciting to see how these services evolve!