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Librarian Entrepreneur—Oxymoron?

Recently I was invited to speak at the University of Pittsburgh iSchool’s TEC Conference. “TEC” stands for “Technology. Entrepreneurship. Creativity.” My presentation, entitled “Librarian Entrepreneur—Oxymoron?” was a fun opportunity not only to discuss my experience co-founding Plum Analytics, but also to look back further to my start at the University of Washington iSchool and subsequent projects and products along the way. Read More

New Research Comparing Different Altmetrics Tools

The term altmetrics means different things to different people. At Plum Analytics it means any metrics about any type of research output. It is common knowledge that the ubiquitous use of the Internet has made sharing everything, including research, simple. With all of the different ways to share output come different ways to understand the impact and stories of research. Read More

PlumX Review in JMLA

  Robin Champieux, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), recently reviewed PlumX for the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA). In this review, Robin does an excellent job of describing PlumX and what it does. Read More

The Charleston Advisor Interview with Mike Buschman

Mike Buschman, Co-Founder and Chief Product Office of Plum Analytics was recently interviewed for The Charleston Advisor. Some highlights from the interview include: “It is true that traditionally the term “altmetrics” refers to Social Media… As such, Read More

Usage Metrics & the Taylor & Francis Open Access Survey

Taylor & Francis recently published their annual Open Access Survey. This is a survey they conducted of the authors they published during 2012. What interested us about the survey were the responses concerning usage statistics. Sixty percent of the respondents said that usage and download statistics will become important for assessing the value of research over the next ten years. Read More

Metrics for the Expanding Digital Universe

As a self-professed data junkie, I always thoroughly enjoy the yearly Internet Trends presentation from Mary Meeker from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. One slide that jumped out talks about the very small percentage of data that is “tagged” and the even smaller amount of data that is “analyzed” in the Digital Universe. Read More

The Power of Being Able to See What You Could Only Imagine

In my 11th grade biology class, with my lab partner, we dissected a fetal pig.  I remember the aha moment when I realized what the diaphragm was.  I had taken clarinet lessons for many years, and my teacher would always tell me to “breathe more with your belly, Read More

Five Categories of Metrics

When we started working with all of the metrics that we could gather from the data exhaust created when people interacted with research we quickly realized three things: Not all metrics are created equal, a download is not the same as a tweet. Read More

Plum Analytics at ALA Midwinter

If you are going to ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia please stop by booth #1871 to say hi to us and see a demo of PlumX. Here are some other places you can catch us besides the exhibit hall: ACRL STS Hot Topics Discussion Group What: Come and join the STS Hot Topics Discussion Group as we address the issue of Altmetrics! Read More