Data Usage Metrics WG

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30 Jul 2020
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Meeting objectives: 
  • WG understanding of scope and deliverables through presentation and discussion

  • Opportunity for community to hear about data metrics initiatives through WG member share-out

  • WG consensus on reportings and future directions for the group as it transitions to maintenance mode

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Introductions (15 min):

  • Overview of the group for new members

  • Evaluation of work completed

Initiative Updates (30 min):

  • Update from Make Data Count

  • Update from NIH

  • [Open time for others who may want to present]

WG Recommendations & Discussion (15 min)

  • Chairs present on proposed recommendations/outputs from the group, time for feedback

Interactive Discussion About the Future of the WG (30 min)

  • Virtual voting, word clouds, breakout discussions on what the community believes are priorities for the future of data metrics wrt large

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.

Group chair serving as contact person: 
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. RDA13 had the largest attendance yet, overflowing a room as we presented on survey results (WG output) of current implementations of usage metrics and barries to adoption. At RDA14, WG members presented on the pitfalls and short comings of data usage metrics and further analyses of the survey. A discussion began about where the WG should head to as it transitions to maintenance mode. Before RDA16, the WG will convene virtual meetings to prep for a virtually interactive discussion at the plenary to finalize the future directions of the WG and receive community feedback on the recommendations.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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