Data Usage Metrics WG

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16 May 2019
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Meeting objectives: 
  • Presentation and discussion of data usage metrics WG scope and deliverables

  • WG member share-out of initiatives within the space

  • WG member led discussion on barriers to adoption and publisher survey results

  • Roadmap development & consensus on next-steps for adoption of and researcher education on data usage metrics (closing the WG and beyond the WG)

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes​​​​​​


  • Introductions: WG goals, deliverables, & WG team (5 min)

    • Brief overview of work done since RDA13 and what data usage metrics means to us

  • Ongoing initiative updates

    • Make Data Count (15 min) - further development of CoP and repository implementation

  • Barriers to Adoption Discussion (45 min)

    • Report out of publisher survey results

    • Discussion on barriers to adoption and lessons learned

    • Discussion on steps following the working group and final outputs

  • Next Steps (10 min)

    • Roadmap check-in, work packages discussion, closing

Target Audience: 

We are looking to engage with those working within the data metrics space, and hoping to receive input from across disciplines and perspectives (from researchers to bibliometricians to publishers to repositories). Participants should familiarize themselves with the COUNTER Code of Practice for Research Data as well as the Data Usage Metrics WG Case Statement and goals.

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Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

Research data is increasingly recognized as an important output of scholarly research, however, there are not yet standardized or comprehensive research data metrics as there are with articles. The “Make Data Count” project hosted a Birds of a Feather at RDA Plenary 10 and recognized that many other groups are working in this space and interested in implementing a standardized set of data usage metrics. Lending expertise from various projects and research stakeholders, this WG, a part of the Publishing Data IG, aims to harness community buy-in of data usage metrics and drive widespread adoption. The first WG meeting focused on an overview of initiatives in the data usage metrics space and spent the majority of the time discussing scope for the WG. Two virtual meetings took place before RDA12 focused on refining scope and defining data usage metrics. The RDA12 session centered around talking about use cases for usage metrics, updates on the COUNTER Code of Practice for Research Data, and a discussion on barriers to adoption of standardized usage metrics. Between RDA12 and RDA13 we had three large virtual meetings, with smaller groups tackling work packages decided on in December. At RDA13 we had overwhelming attendance where we shared out the results of the repository barriers to adoption survey and received community feedback on our survey results. Between RDA13 and RDA14 we will have 2-3 virtual meetings to determine the last of the roadmap for this group and the discussion questions that we would like to pose at the RDA14 meeting.



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