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Digital Science Celebrates Its 10th Birthday
Cameron Shepherd writes the following for Digital Science’s Perspectives blog:
On 7th December 2020, Digital Science celebrates its official tenth birthday (though it existed as ‘Project Babbage’ more than a year before it was launched publicly). To mark the occasion, we will be releasing a few birthday posts over the course of the year. …
October 2020 will mark 10 years since the term ‘altmetrics’ was first coined. Made famous in a manifesto authored by Jason Priem, Dario Taraborelli, Paul Groth, and Cameron Neylon, altmetrics, or alternative metrics, promised a new, better way to capture the reach and influence of any form of scholarly output.
In the context of a community that had embraced digital and was increasingly frustrated with the limitations of the Impact Factor as a measure of impact, altmetrics were an exciting new idea that promised to change the way we understand research outcomes forever.
So, where are we now? The last 10 years have seen a huge growth in the development, use and adoption of altmetrics. Numerous service providers have emerged, with Altmetric (owned by Digital Science) often noted as the most recognised of these, and publishers, institutions and funders have increasingly integrated these new data into their websites and workflows.
Their use, and the nature of the data itself, has changed over time, and new applications of these insights are still emerging each year.
For more information on the history of altmetrics, read the blog post.
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