“If we do not press harder for better metrics, we risk making poor funding decisions or sidelining good scientists” (Lane, 2010). I met with my mentor this week to go through my work and lay out final products. I’ll be producing a white paper from my research, as well as Continue reading Week 9 – The beginning of the end
Continuing this week with macro and micro impacts I spent some time with literature from cultural impact studies. Museums have done a lot of work looking at audience for digital resources, and the benefits of the many digitization projects that they have undertaken. There is a lot here that can Continue reading Spreading the impact net
I’ve had a changing lens at times in this project, looking at DataONE page views, examining issues with data citation metrics, identifying where references to the use of existing datasets might occur in the research process. The data life cycle has seemed a useful place to concentrate and bring some Continue reading Aperture and focus
It’s a common cliché that a picture is worth a thousand words. I’ve been trying this week to create a visual that represents the metric environment. Using the data life cycle I’ve been examining where potential metrics can be recorded, and what form that those metrics might take. I’ve been Continue reading A picture takes a thousand words
One of the challenges of this project has been scope. Should I be examining how we can measure the use of datasets from DataONE? Should I be looking at the broader impact of the DataONE website? Or should I be looking at the impact of data repositories in science? When Continue reading DMP’s
This week I spent time hanging out with Sun, Jean, Mr. McMillan and the crew. These are the names of personas, developed by the Socio-cultural and Usability & Assessment Working Groups. They are constructs, based on researcher profiles, surveys, interviews and life experience, and they represent a broad range of Continue reading With a little help from my (virtual) friends
I had fun with Google analytics this week. I was provided access to the account for the DataONE website and it makes some interesting “reading.” Top page: “create and document backup policy”. Lots of interest in best practices generally, and in the upcoming webinars. Looking at audience for the last Continue reading Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?
Lots of reading this week including my favorite “Using photographs to show the effects of climate change on flowering times”1. The photographs in the study were taken from 1900 to 1921 and were used by the authors to show that flowers are blooming earlier in the year. For me it Continue reading How Long Has This Been Going On?
There is a lot to think about at the start of this project. The goals are “measuring interconnections made and the potential for new types of science that may be only now emerging and largely unrealized.” How do we measure the impact of DataONE? How can we predict where “new Continue reading A question of impact