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You’re more than your h-index: How quantification is ruining science, and how it’ll save it


You’re more than your h-index: How quantification is ruining science, and how it’ll save it

Research output is constantly measured: how many papers we write, where they’re published, how many citations we get.  Focus on these simplistic metrics is ruining science.  Funders and institutions know this and want a bigger picture of research impact.  Come hear how ImpactStory, a nonprofit funded by the NSF and the Sloan Foundation, can empower you to uncover and share the full story of your research impact.


Join us for a conversation with Heather Piwowar from ImpactStory: http://impactstory.org/ 

Date: February 6th

Coffee and refreshments served: 8:30-9am

Opening remarks with Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Wilkin and Lecture: 9-10:30am

Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center

About Heather: Heather Piwowar is a postdoctoral research associate with DataONE and the Dryad digital repository at NESCent. Heather studies how scientists share and reuse research data; she hopes such evidence will inform policy for more efficient and effective use of data resources. She has measured the citation benefit of publicly archiving research data, variation in journal data sharing policies, patterns in public deposition of datasets, and is currently investigating patterns of data reuse and the impact of journal data sharing policies. Heather co-leads total-impact, an online tool for tracking the broad impact of diverse scholarly products. Heather has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering, 10 years of experience as a software engineer, and a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Pittsburgh. She has an active research blog (http://researchremix.wordpress.com) and twitter account (@researchremix).

To read up on altmetrics, you may have seen this article in the Chronicle over the summer: http://chronicle.com/article/Rise-of-Altmetrics-Revives/139557 

Learn more: http://www.library.illinois.edu/learn/research/altmetrics.html 

Sponsored by the Scholarly Commons, University Library with special thanks to the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The University of Illinois GeoChallenge 2010 Welcome to the GeoChallenge 2010, part of the Geographic Information Sciences Fair 2010. These puzzles and clues will lead you to 8 locations on campus. Most are locations where geographic information science is used or studied. Teams that finish the course correctly will be entered in a drawing for fabulous prizes! (New iPod touch 4g, $100 Illini Union Bookstore gift certificate, and four $50 gift certificates for the runners up.) Look at http://www.geocaching.com (free registration required) to see some examples of how it works. There are other geocaches on campus to try out as well! Getting Started: 1. Partner with a fellow University of Illinois student if you wish. Come up with a team name and a slogan or creed. 2. Look at the Scroll on this page for the first clue. Each clue will lead you to the next stop, where solving a puzzle will give you directions to the following stop. 3. If no one in your group has a GPS enabled phone or other GPS device, you can check one out from us. These need to be returned in 24 hours and cannot be renewed online, but you can renew the unit for an additional 24 hours in person if no one else is waiting for it. 4. Some of the stops along the course are open only during Monday through Friday, so plan accordingly. 5. That's it! The course can be completed over several days but must be completed in sequence. Make sure to return your collected data. Your data must be correct for your group to be in the drawing for fabulous prizes! 5. To find out if your group won a prize, come to GIS Day on November 19 (Illini Union Rooms A-C). At least one person from your group must be present for the drawing. Visit http://webstore.illinois.edu/gisfair/ for information. Starting Clue: The Starting Clue Oh wayfaring knights and damsels, a trial of your sole awaits. ~ In traveling boots, with your favorite quill and campus citizenship card, Start past the noon hour, on week days of work, together with your chosen mate. ~ Gather your party by the nourishing mother's open arms. March south dodging buses till the road bends, at a building with a single word name. Look up to the lintel and you will see the bountiful grain of the farms. Look right to the page, then once more up and right too. That's where you soon will be. ~ To proceed, enter the building and spy the directory on the wall within. There is an entity recorded that ends in “pt” Go find that thing, then the nearest fountain. Take a drink and behind you is the place to be. ~ Enter that abode and declare your need : a task worthy of your creed.