Alternative Indicators Summer School, 7-8 September 2017

The summer school on the use of alternative web indicators for research evaluations. This is primarily aimed at PhD students and researchers in the areas of scientometrics and altmetrics, as well as research evaluators. The objective of the summer school is to make the use of alternative indicators possible for routine research evaluations.

Provisional Schedule

Day 1: Theory. This will introduce the new theoretical model of alternative indicators and describe methods to evaluate indicators. Attendees have the option to submit a short abstract to give a short presentation on their own relevant work, if accepted. Day 1 is mainly aimed at active researchers (University of Wolverhampton, 10am-5pm).

Summer School Curry: Thursday at 6.30pm: New Spice 35-37 School Street, Wolverhampton WV1 4LF or meet at 6.15pm at the main (MA) entrance of the University to walk over.

Day 2: Practice. This will start with an overview of a range of alternative indicators and will then introduce Webometric Analyst, a free software suite that gathers data for many alternative indicators and calculates advanced indicators for them. This will be followed by practical workshop sessions during which attendees will use the software to gather alternative indicator data and calculate and benchmark indicator values. This course will demonstrate how to gather and calculate indicators (benchmarked in the sense of field and year normalised) using free web-based data for commercial impact (patents), educational impact (syllabus mentions, PowerPoint mentions), informational impact (Wikipedia citations) and grey literature impact. Attendees can bring their own data in order to calculate a range of web indicators for it on the day.

Dates: September 7 and 8, 2017.
Cost: Free
Location: University of Wolverhampton, in Wolverhampton city centre.
Course lecturers: Mike Thelwall and Kayvan Kousha of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton.
Application: Please email Mike Thelwall m dot thelwall at with your name, affiliation, and reason for attending (1 sentence). Include a title and 200 word abstract if you would like to make a brief presentation on day 1.

Accommodation: The cheapest option is probably the Redwings Lodge Hotel just round the corner (possibly a bit noisy though). Alternatively there is the Premier Inn by the train station. For student accommodation people please contact individually to book places but these can be quite expensive compared to the hotels and are only worth trying if you are staying for a bit longer.

Things to do in Wolverhampton and near Wolverhampton. There is also an unusual pub in Wolverhampton.

Other topically related workshops and conferences:

The European Summer School for Scientometrics (esss) in Berlin, Sept. 17-22, 2017.

The ISSI2017 conference is 16–20 October 2017.

The 4AM altmetrics conference dates have not been anounced yet.