Plum Analytics—the altmetrics startup that aims to assess the real-time impact of academic research using sources ranging from Twitter, social networks, and presentation sharing sites to code source repositories and grant funding data—has announced that the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) has become the first to use the company as a provider of aggregated open metrics for the university’s research output.
“We expect Plum to enhance the value proposition of the Open Access initiative here at Pitt by providing new and current impact metrics for research that is made more accessible,” Rush Miller, ULS librarian and director, explained in a release.
Academic researchers are accustomed to waiting years for the impact of their papers and other publications to be gauged. In the past, the number of times a publication was cited by other researchers was one of the few metrics that could reliably estimate the impact of an author’s research. The emerging field of altmetrics seeks to change that model.
Plum works by mapping who follows or engages with a researcher and his or her work, and then mines the web, social networks, and university-hosted data repositories to collect and calculate metrics about the usage of each piece of research, the release explains.
“We are very pleased that a prestigious institution such as the University of Pittsburgh has chosen to work with Plum on this emerging area of measuring research impact,” said Andrea Michalek, co-founder of Plum Analytics. “We look forward to the exciting discoveries of analysis when these new metrics are available to institutions.”