Sunday, June 21, 2009

CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI6)

Early this year, I was invited to speak at this years CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. This years meeting, nicknamed "OAI6", just finished up and I wanted to offer my perspective on some of the highlights of the meeting.

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Herbert Van de Sompel (LANL) opened our session and the meeting with an excellent overview of scholarly communications landscape. The presentation is ripe with useful references and I urge you to take a look if you are interested in this topic. [Link]

In the same session, Rob Sanderson (University of Liverpool, soon to be LANL) introduced us to some impressive, yet simple tools to visualize ORE Resource Maps. These tools were developed as part of the Foresite Project and are available as open source for reuse. [Link]

Also in the same session, I talked about our application of ORE to simplify publishing workflows in our project to capture and link data with publications. [Link]

Later in the program, Johan Bollen (LANL, soon to be UI Bloomington) described the work done by himself, Herbert Van de Sompel, and others to perform quantitative analysis and assessment of article and journal value. The system they developed, called MESUR, looks at a variety of facets, not just impact factor. In fact, the work that they have done seems to show that impact factor is not a good indicator of a journals usefulness. [Link]

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