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1 A.M.TammaroZadar, June LIDA 2014 Altmetrics in the humanities: perceptions of Italian scholars Anna Maria Tammaro (University of Parma)

2 A.M.TammaroZadar, June Digital Humanities “ The digital humanities, also known as humanities computing, is a field of study, research, teaching, and invention concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. It is methodological by nature and interdisciplinary in scope. It involves investigation, analysis, synthesis and presentation of information in electronic form. It studies how these media affect the disciplines in which they are used, and what these disciplines have to contribute to our knowledge of computing.” Matthew Kirschenbaum 2010

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4 A.M.TammaroZadar, June DH Manifesto “The diversity of digital media and publication genres need to be accepted as genuine means of scientific communication”, including “ repositories, publication platforms, social media networks and blogging”,

5 A.M.TammaroZadar, June Digital humanities in Italy Pioneers: Networked: Research centers for connected communities Collaborative: infrastructure for collaboration

6 A.M.TammaroZadar, June Pionieri: Roberto Busa ( )

7 A.M.TammaroZadar, June AIUCD Italian Association IU From 2011 Website Collective Blog Leggere Scrivere Far di conto List listinfo/aiucd-l Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/aiucd/

8 A.M.TammaroZadar, June Typologies of research output More and more research output is happening outside the traditional journal or book. Dictionary, Concordances, Data Bases, Data sets Literary editions Websites, Blogs Archives and Digital Libraries OER, MOOC Software tools

9 A.M.TammaroZadar, June EUROPE Project EICSTES (European Indicators, Cyberspace and the Science-Technology- Economy System) Wiser Project Web indicators for Science Technology and Innovation Research Evaluation methods ITALY Anvur italian Agency Quality Journals distribution in two categories of quality GEV A&B Combination of Impact Factor with peer review evaluation What? Only books and articles in pdf format

10 A.M.TammaroZadar, June Peer review DARIAH/NINES Centernet

11 A.M.TammaroZadar, June Altmetrics The definition of altmetrics stands for alternative metrics and is a way to measure the impact of a scholarly article or project by charting social media mentions as well as blog posts and bookmarks. Altmetrics Mendeley group (www.mendeley.com/groups/586171/altmet rics/papers/)

12 A.M.TammaroZadar, June Research Life Cycle Many platforms and tools try to support the research life cycle

13 A.M.TammaroZadar, June Social media AccessRegisterDiscussRecommendCite CounterCiteulikeTwitterNinesScopus Insitutional Repositorie s Delicious Academia. edu Facebook Linkedin ReviewsWeb of Science Virtual Research Environmen t Slideshare, Bamboo/DI RT Mendeley, Zotero Academic blogs Printed Articles Wikipedia Academic blogs Printed articles Google Scholar Wikipedi a

14 A.M.TammaroZadar, June Aims ad objectives Aim: to propose alternative methods of evaluation of digital publications in the humanities Objectives: make evident the usage and the perceptions of the creators of digital resources for evaluation by Altmetrics; understand barriers and obstacles to evaluation by Altmetrics

15 A.M.TammaroZadar, June Methodology First phase Inventory of communities and research projects and artefacts Second phase Questionnaire followed by interviews with experts in each disciplinary sector Third phase Final Report will be discussed by thematic focus groups

16 A.M.TammaroZadar, June DH Research Center 1 Accademia della Crusca 2 CELCT (Center for the Evaluation of Language and Communication Technologies) 3 CIBIT (Centro Interuniversitario Biblioteca Italiana Telematica) 4 CISI (Centro Interstrutture di Servizi Informatici e Telematici per le Facoltà Umanistiche) 5 CILTA (Centro Interfacoltà di Linguistica Teorica e Applicata) 6 CTL (Centro di elaborazione informatica di testi e immagini nella Tradizione Letteraria) 7 DIGILAB. Centro intertipartimentale di ricerca e servizi 8 Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale 9 ILC (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale) 10 LABIUM 11 OVI (Opera del Vocabolario Italiano) 12 SIGNUM (Centro di ricerche informatiche per le discipline umanistiche) 13 SISMEL (Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino) 14 UNIPR CoLab (Co-Laboratorio dell'Università di Parma)

17 A.M.TammaroZadar, June Projects and artefacts

18 A.M.TammaroZadar, June Data collection tool What indicators would you use to evaluate the quality of humanities research? include in the reply the indicators that have been used (VQR, ASN), but do not restrict to these key.com/s/GZSB27 F Quantitative Number publication, citation, page rank, subscribers and followers, preferences Qualitative Citations, Wikipedia, Peer review and recommendations

19 A.M.TammaroZadar, June First findings The perceptions of scholars for evaluation using social media is critical. “ Many alternative channels from which to collect the assessment mean much more work for the scholar ” “ Preferences can be constructed artificially, what scientific credibility likers can have ?” The peer review is the preferred evaluation method Trust-building is needed

20 A.M.TammaroZadar, June To be continued.... Whereas the traditional humanities typically value originality, authority, and authorship—an ethos based in part on the scarcity of information and the perceived need for gatekeepers—the Digital Humanities Manifesto instead promotes remixing, openness, and the wisdom of the crowd.... Whereas the traditional humanities are text based and nontechnical and value solitary, specialized work resulting in a book, the digital humanities are collaborative and technical, value design, and are built upon shared information resources Lisa Spiro 2012


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