[Sigmetrics] Alternative Indicators Summer School, 6-7 September 2018

thelwall mike m.thelwall at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Feb 15 04:05:07 EST 2018

The summer school is on the use of alternative web indicators for research
evaluations. This is primarily aimed at research evaluators, PhD students and
researchers that are interested in scientometrics and altmetrics. The objective
of the summer school is to make the use of alternative indicators possible for
routine research evaluations. It is a practical event that will describe how
gather and analyse a variety of web-based indicators.

Provisional Schedule

Day 1: Theory. This will introduce the new theoretical model of alternative
indicators and describe methods to evaluate indicators. Attendees have the
option to submit a short abstract to give a short presentation on their own
relevant work, if accepted.

Day 2: Practice. This will start with an overview of a range of alternative
indicators and will then introduce Webometric Analyst, a free software suite
that gathers data for many alternative indicators and calculates advanced
indicators for them. This will be followed by practical workshop sessions during
which attendees will use the software to gather alternative indicator data and
calculate and benchmark indicator values. This course will demonstrate how to
gather and calculate indicators (benchmarked in the sense of field and year
normalised) using free web-based data for commercial impact (patents),
educational impact (syllabus mentions, PowerPoint mentions), informational
impact (Wikipedia citations) and grey literature impact. Altmetric.com's free
research data will also be mentioned. Attendees can bring their own data in
order to calculate a range of web indicators for it on the day.

Dates: September 6 and 7, 2018.
Cost: Free
Location: University of Wolverhampton, in Wolverhampton city centre.
Course lecturers: Mike Thelwall and Kayvan Kousha of the Statistical
Cybermetrics Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton.

Application: Please email Mike Thelwall m dot thelwall at wlv.ac.uk with your
name, affiliation, and reason for attending (1 sentence). Include a title and
200 word abstract if you would like to make a brief presentation on day 1.

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