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More Qualitative Data Visualization Ideas

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

In September, the OERC blogged about a way to create qualitative data visualizations by chunking a long narrative into paragraphs with descriptive illustrations.

Ann Emery has shown six additional ways to create qualitative data visualization: 1) Strategic world cloud use (one word or before/after comparisons), 2) Quantitative + Qualitative combined (a graph of percentages and a quote from an open-ended text comment) 3) Photos alongside participant responses (only appropriate for non-anonymized data) 4) Icon images beside text narratives 5) Diagrams explaining processes or concepts (the illustration of a health worker’s protective gear from Ebola in the Washington Post is a great example) and 6) Graphic timelines. See these examples and overviews on how to make your own at  http://annkemery.com/qual-dataviz/

Do you need more information about reporting and visualizing your data? We at the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) have more resources available for you from the Reporting and Visualizing tab of our Tools and Resources for Evaluation Guide at http://guides.nnlm.gov/oerc/tools and welcome your suggestions for additional resources to include and your comments.

NISO Launches New Standards Development Projects in New Forms of Assessing Impact & Altmetrics

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Interested participants from libraries, scholarly publishers, research funders, scholars, university departments of academic affairs, providers of alternative metrics data, and system providers are encouraged to contact NISO

The voting members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have approved four new projects to develop standards for alternative assessment metrics (altmetrics). The NISO Alternative Assessment Metrics Initiative was begun in July 2013 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with a goal of building trust and adoption in new methods of assessing impact. Phase 1 of the project, which was completed this summer, gathered a large array of relevant stakeholder groups to identify what areas of alternative metrics would benefit most from standards-related developments. This input was distilled into a white paper published in June 2014, which was then presented to the NISO community to prioritize the action items as possible NISO work items. Phase 2 of the project will be to develop standards or recommended practices in the prioritized areas of definitions, calculation methodologies, improvement of data quality, and use of persistent identifiers in alternative metrics. As part of each project, relevant use cases and how they apply to different stakeholder groups will be developed.

“Assessment of scholarship is a critical component of the research process, impacting everything from which projects get funded to who gains promotion and tenure, and which publications gain prominence in their fields of inquiry,” explains Martin Fenner, Technical Lead, PLOS Article Level Metrics, and Chair of the NISO Alternative Metrics Initiative Steering Committee. “However, traditional metrics that have been primarily based on print processes are failing to keep pace with both the expanded range of research outputs produced by scholars, and the diverse usage of these research outputs in scholarly communication that is increasingly purely electronic. Altmetrics are increasingly being used and discussed as an expansion of the tools available for measuring the scholarly and social impact of research. For altmetrics to move out of its current pilot or proof-of-concept phase, we need to develop commonly used definitions and guidelines for appropriate collection and reporting of data, so that organizations who wish to utilize these metrics can adequately understand them and ensure their consistent application and meaning across the community.”

“The NISO Alternative Assessment Steering Committee will oversee several working groups that will be formed to develop the identified standards and recommended practices,” states Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director for Programs. “For participation on these working groups, we are seeking interested participants from all the affected stakeholders including libraries, scholarly publishers, research funders (governmental and non-governmental), scholars, university departments of academic affairs, providers of alternative metrics data, and system providers who incorporate different elements of alternative metrics in their services.”

“We expect this initiative will continue to be broadly inclusive, with contributions from a diverse set of voices, who will be reliant on these new metrics and resulting tools,” said Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. “In addition to the working group members, we also will seek broader community feedback through stakeholder interest groups. In addition, draft documents will be made available for public comment and/or trial use before finalization and publication. NISO will also schedule public webinars for further discussion and training during the development process.”

The approved proposal for the Phase 2 projects as well as the Phase 1 White Paper are available on the NISO website at: www.niso.org/topics/tl/altmetrics_initiative/. Anyone interested in participating on one of the initiative’s working groups should use the online contact form (www.niso.org/contact/) and indicate in which of the four activity area(s) you are interested.

Cynthia Hodgson

Technical Editor / Consultant

National Information Standards Organization

chodgson@niso.org

Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:           Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator

Date / Time:       Thursday, January 8, 2015 / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Thursday, January 15, 2015 / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Thursday, January 22, 2015 / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Where:                3 sessions / Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=399

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:       NLM Training Center

Date / Time:  Tuesday, February 3, 2015 / 3 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=519

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:       NLM Training Center

Date / Time:  Wednesday, February 4, 2015 / 3 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=521

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:       NLM Training Center

Date / Time:  Thursday, February 5, 2015 / 3 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=523

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:       NLM Training Center

Date / Time:  Tuesday, February 10, 2015 / 3 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=527

Librarians: The Original Research Data Managers

Monday, December 15th, 2014

An interesting blog post from one of our Network members…

Librarians: The Original Research Data Managers / Nancy Glassman, Assistant Director for Informatics, Gottesman Library, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

http://esciencecommunity.umassmed.edu/2014/12/10/librarians-the-original-research-data-managers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=librarians-the-original-research-data-managers

PubMed Central Citation Exporter Feature Now Available

Monday, December 15th, 2014

PMC is happy to announce the addition of a citation exporter feature. This feature makes it easy to retrieve either styled citations that you can copy/paste into your manuscripts, or to download them into a format compatible with your bibliographic reference manager software.

When viewing an Entrez search results page, each result summary will now include a “Citation” link. When, clicked, this will open a pop-up window that you can use to easily copy/paste citations formatted in one of three popular styles: AMA (American Medical Association), MLA (Modern Library Association, or APA (American Psychological Association). In addition, the box has links at the bottom that can be used to download the citation information in one of three machine-readable formats, which most bibliographic reference management software can import.

The same citation box can also be invoked from an individual article, either in classic view (with the “Citation” link among the list of formats) or the PubReader view, by clicking on the citation information just below the article title in the banner.

These human-readable styled citations, and machine-readable formats, will be available through a public API, and we will be providing more details about that in another announcement, on the pmc-utils-announce mailing list. Please subscribe to that list if you are interested.

NLM Resource Update: TOXMAP Now Includes EPA Coal Plant Emissions Data

Monday, December 15th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXMAP’s new Flash-based beta now includes 2013 coal emissions data published by the US EPA’s Clean Air Markets program. Data was obtained from the Air Markets Program Data (AMPD) tool, a publicly-available data system for searching and downloading data collected as part of EPA’s emissions trading programs. In 2013, about 2.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions were attributable to electricity generated from coal.

TOXMAP is a Geographic Information System (GIS) from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that uses maps of the United States to help users visually explore data from the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Superfund Programs.