NFAIS Announces a New Workshop on Assessing the Usage and Value of Scholarly and Scientific Output

NFAIS has just announced a new workshop to be held in Philadelphia on November 10 entitled Assessing the Usage and Value of Scholarly and Scientific Output: An Overview of Traditional and Emerging Metrics. Registration discounts are available until October 22.  Here is the description of the workshop from the announcement:

The digital environment has not only transformed the definition of a “publication,” but also has changed the ways in which researchers interact with and cite information.  As a result, new methods for measuring the usage and value of scholarly and scientific content, including large scientific data sets, are becoming increasingly important.

Want to know more about these diverse metrics and how they complement the more traditional approaches? Join us on November 10, 2010 when experts from around the globe will gather in Philadelphia, PA for a one-day workshop organized by the NFAIS Committee on Usage Statistics. Both onsite and virtual registrations are available at a discount until October 22nd.

The meeting will open with Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist, EBSCO Information Services, providing a look at what‘s new with Project COUNTER and SUSHI.  He will be followed by Ross MacIntyre, Senior Manager, Mimas, University of Manchester, UK, who will describe a relatively new initiative, PIRUS 2, that takes COUNTER statistics down to the article level. Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, National Information Standards Organization (NISO), will provide an update on Project MESUR, and Dr. Robert D. Chen, Secretary-General, CODATA and Director, CIESIN, Columbia University and  Dr. Robert Downs, Senior Digital Archivist, CIESIN, Columbia University, will describe the challenges of  accessing, preserving, and citing large datasets.

Dr. Jevin West, University of Washington, will open the afternoon session with a discussion of the Eigenfactor, an alternative/complement to the more widely-known journal impact factor.  He will be followed Ashlea Higgs, Elsevier, who will talk about a new indicator of journal citation impact, denoted as source normalized impact per paper (SNIP). Dr. Peter Binfield, Public Library of Science, will describe the article level metrics that are currently offered by PloS, and Jeff Dougherty, Thomson Reuters Healthcare & Science, will talk about the traditional and proven citation approach to measuring usage and value with a look at citation indexes, journal metrics and the impact factor.

In closing, both a librarian, Joseph Zucca, Director of Planning and Communication, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, and a publisher, Jonathan Morgan, Assistant Director, Web Strategy and Innovation, American Chemical Society, will discuss the metrics that they use to measure value and usage and how they apply those metrics to key decisions within their organizations.

Click here for further information or to register.  Both on-site and virtual attendance is available.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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