Challenges and opportunities for detecting and measuring diffusion of scientific impact across heterogeneous altmetric sources

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The 2015 Altmetrics Workshop
Amsterdam, 9 October 2015

Brian Davis
Ioana Hulpus
Michael Taylor
Conor Hayes

Abstract

Alternative Metrics is an inclusive term designed to capture the diversity of non-traditional measures of scientific innovation and impact. At its core, is the concept that the Web has empowered scientific and scholarly knowledge to influence far beyond its traditionally core audience of scientists and researchers. Of particular interest is the diffusion of scientific output across social media, mainstream news and official government policies. Text mining as well as network mining techniques can be applied to lift, link and analyse heterogeneous sources such as news, social media blogosphere and traditional bibliographic data sources. Current state-of-the-art techniques can greatly assist in capturing diffusion across hard or explicit links. However, capturing and measuring impact of soft or indirect forms of scholarly diffusion remains a challenging and difficult set of problems that require attention.

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