Analytics and Measurement

Research information management systems – a new service category?

It has been interesting watching Research Information Management or RIM emerge as a new service category in the last couple of years. RIM is supported by a particular system category, the Research Information Management System (RIMs), sometimes referred to by an earlier name, the CRIS (Current Research Information System). For reasons discussed below, this area … Continue reading Research information management systems – a new service category?

The decentered library network presence

Think of two trends in the development of the library’s network presence. These have emerged successively and continue to operate together. A centripetal trend producing a library network presence centered on the institutional website, as the library wants to offer an integrated service. A centrifugal trend, unbundling functionality and placing it in a variety of … Continue reading The decentered library network presence

Roses are red …. the top love stories?

One of the nice things about WorldCat is that is has sufficient scale to be a good proxy for a large part of the scholarly and cultural record. The aggregate holdings of thousands of libraries contain not just books, but movies, music, and so on. It is not complete but it gives good results. In … Continue reading Roses are red …. the top love stories?

Systemwide organization – sourcing and scaling redux

Libraries are increasingly taking a system-wide perspective of their roles and services. This can take different forms. Think of the close collaboration within the Orbis Cascade Alliance for example, where academic libraries in Washington and Oregon are moving to a shared systems infrastructure. Or think of the various initiatives looking at managing down individual print … Continue reading Systemwide organization – sourcing and scaling redux

The President, the election and big data

A little over four years ago I wrote a post about the presidential primary results, suggesting that an important political threshold had been crossed. The network – and notably the use of social and mobile – was centrally influential. Whatever your political orientation, it is clear that Obama has been remarkably successful at mobilizing people … Continue reading The President, the election and big data

Big data .. big trend

[I spoke at the Lita Top Technology Trends at Dallas. I had a trend in reserve – big data – but did not use it. Here is something along the lines of what I might have said …] Big Data is a big trend, but as with expressions for other newly forming areas, it may … Continue reading Big data .. big trend

Spotify and Klout: fungible influence

Popular music streaming service Spotify has just launched in the US. For some background see the Ars Technica story. One of the interesting aspects of the launch was the tie-in with Klout. Klout is one of several services which provide analytics around social media activity. It aims to be the ‘standard for influence’, tracking social … Continue reading Spotify and Klout: fungible influence

Analysing influence .. the personal reputational hamsterwheel

Analysing influence has been a central part of academic life. We are very familiar with citation analysis. This is possible because the system allows that metric to be measured and it is seen to be meaningful. As new measures have become possible in a web environment they too have been taken up. See for example … Continue reading Analysing influence .. the personal reputational hamsterwheel

Academic reputation enhancement … redux

Two things prompted this note …. First, there is an interesting report in the current issue of Nature on the ‘online image’ [editorial] or ‘online reputation’ [article] of researchers and what their attitude is to it and to managing it. More of this later. Second, I have recently returned from Bangkok where I participated in … Continue reading Academic reputation enhancement … redux

Managing down collections …

I was interested to read this from Karen Schneider a while ago: “Centralized mass storage for legacy print materials (paper-based books and journals) is by far the most under-observed trend in libraries today”. I agree, with the friendly qualification that the trend is about managing the relationship between local, mass storage and emerging digitised resources. … Continue reading Managing down collections …