ProQuest will conduct a system improvement over this weekend. From approximately 10:00 PM EDT, Saturday, June 14, 2014 through 11:00 AM EDT, Sunday, June 15, 2014, the ProQuest databases and RefWorks won’t be available. Thanks for your understanding!
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Are you wondering about altmetrics? The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is in the midst of a project to define and promote community-based standards and recommended practices for alternative metrics.
“Citation reference counts and the Journal Impact Factor have historically been the main metric used to assess the quality and usefulness of scholarship,” explains Martin Fenner, Technical Lead Article-Level Metrics for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) and consultant to NISO for the project. “While citations will remain an important component of research assessment, this metric alone does not effectively measure the expanded scope of forms of scholarly communication and newer methods of online reader behavior, network interactions with content, and social media. A movement around the use of alternative metrics, sometimes called ‘altmetrics,’ has grown to address the limitations of the traditional measures. With any new methodology, however, issues arise due to the lack of standards or best practices as stakeholders experiment with different approaches and use different definitions for similar concepts. NISO’s Altmetrics project gathered together the variety of stakeholders in this arena to better understand the issues, obtain their input on what issues could best be addressed with standards or recommended practices, and prioritize the potential actions. This white paper organizes and summarizes the valuable feedback obtained from over 400 participants in the project and identifies a road forward for Phase II of the project.”
The White Paper is open for public comment through July 18, 2014. It is available with a link to an online commenting form on the NISO Altmetrics Project webpage, along with the detailed output documents and recordings from each of the meetings and related information resources.
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Faculty authors and researchers are encountering new publishing paradigms about research data.
Much of this interest in data by publishers is in response to:
Office of Science & Technology Policy on Open Data;
and grant funding agencies directives and policies:
Keep up with these issues about publishing and research data at Data Matters and Scientific Data updates blog – from Scientific Data, a peer-reviewed publication for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets.
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CUA graduates have continued access to some library resources through the Alumni home page, in disciplines ranging from religious studies and philosophy to government affairs. Resources available include: RefWorks, ATLASerials, Annual Reviews, CQ Almanac, Project Muse, SAGE Journals, and POIESIS: Philosophy Online Serials . To access these resources, go to Alumni Relations/Alumni resources/Benefits+Services. Under Services, you will see “Access Library Databases Online.” You will need to login and activate your account before you proceed.
On March 17, 2014 the Data & Society Research Institute, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and New York University’s Information Law Institute co-hosted “The Social, Cultural, & Ethical Dimensions of ‘Big Data.’“ [See conference speaker video presentations on the web site.]
This conference helped inform the White House report Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values released yesterday and available here 90 Day Review for Big Data.
Because we will need a growing cadre of data and social scientists who are able to encode critical policy values into technical infrastructure, we support investment in fields such as Science and Technology Studies which emphasize teaching scientific knowledge and technology in its social and ethical context, and the teaching of module courses to data scientists and engineers to familiarize them with the broader societal implications of their work. p68
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