This course is now completed but will run in 2018.

Dates: 11-12 September 2017

Alternative Indicators Summer School, Monday 11- Tuesday 12 September 2017

Twenty-six people attended the second annual summer school on the use of alternative web indicators for research evaluations. Countries represented included Brazil, Germany, Malaysia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and The Netherlands. This is aimed at PhD students and researchers in the areas of scientometrics and altmetrics, as well as research evaluators. The objective is to learn how to use alternative indicators for routine research evaluations.

For the 2018 workshop go here.


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Day 1: Theory. Room MI133. 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: Monday 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. Room MI133. 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.

Folder with presentation files and data.

Dates: September 11 and 12, 2017 (Monday and Tuesday).
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.
Recommended reading: Thelwall, M. (2017). Web indicators for research evaluation: A practical guide. San Rafael, CA: Morgan & Claypool. [An overview of all the steps needed from data collection to analysis and interpretation for web indicators, including practical advice.]

Computing and data: You will be provided with a Windows PC for the workshop but can choose to use your own Windows laptop if you prefer. Wolverhampton supports eduroam Wifi access. If you bring your own data (sets of records of research publications) then you will get the chance to use it.

Food: We hope to provide food, including vegetarian options.

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.

Getting to Wolverhampton: If you are flying to the UK, the nearest airport is Birmingham International. Trains from the airport to Wolverhampton take about 50 minutes. Trains from Heathrow or Gatwick take about 3-4 hours and trains from Manchester Airport take about 2 hours. Wolverhampton University is in Wolverhampton city centre, in City Campus Wulfruna (South). It is a five minute walk from the railway station (Walk straight ahead over the bridge, across two sets of traffic lights and turn right down an alleyway just after the art gallery/museum).

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 STI 2017 conference 6 - 8 September 2017 in Paris.

The 4AM altmetrics conference 27 - 28 September 2017 in Toronto.

The 2018 Workshop on Altmetrics for Research Outputs Measurement and Scholarly Information Management (AROSIM 2018) 26 January 2018 in Singapore.