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Unprecedented! That’s how I would describe 2015 for our company. We have seen unprecedented growth and made unprecedented improvements in so many areas: Software functionality, accessibility, usability and aesthetics Implementation services User documentation User community tools Client service and training Value-chain partnerships Sales / number of clients New employees During 2015, we have focused our […]

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Canadian Common CV: Lightening the Load for the Research Community in Canada

Since 2002, Canada has been investing in its research community through the development of the Canadian Common CV (CCV). The CCV allows researchers to collect and manage their CV data in a central repository and creates efficiencies in the funding application process. The CCV has its challenges, but the benefits far exceed them. After an initial investment of […]

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Five Top Ways Altmetrics are Impacting Universities

The impact of research has traditionally been measured by metrics, such as journal impact factors and the times cited; however, the evolution of technology and social media has fostered the growth of alternative metrics (called altmetrics) to provide new research metrics that complement traditional metrics. While alternative measures are still in their early stages, they are […]

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Demonstrating Impact in the Research Community

What does the term ‘impact’ really mean in the research community? This was the discussion topic for a panel of speakers at a recent Research Impact Spotlight event hosted by Digital Science. According to Jonathan Adams, chief scientist at Digital Science, there are many perspectives related to ‘impact’ that need to be examined, including greater […]


ORCID Researcher IDs: Pilot at Eight Universities in the UK

Providing an international system to link journal publications and other research information to the correct researcher has been the driving force behind ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID). In a recent online article on the Research Information web site, authors Verena Weigert and Rob Johnson report on a pilot where eight universities in the United […]


Microsoft Academic Graph Helps Researchers Find Relevant Data Easier

Researchers now have another tool available to assist them with their research needs. The new Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG), recently released by Microsoft Research, allows researchers to easily search millions of research papers that have been identified by Microsoft Academic Search (MAS), and in return quickly find data that is relevant to their work. Users […]

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Defining ‘Discovery’ in Academic Publishing

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “discovery” as : : the act of finding or learning something for the first time : the act of discovering something : something seen or learned for the first time : something discovered As the field of academic publishing transitions from print to electronic formats, and to having more outlets for […]

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Five Reasons Why Tenure & Promotion Workflows are Moving to the Cloud

Many colleges and universities are finding significant advantages in migrating faculty tenure and promotion processes, as well as their annual review and sabbatical processes, to an online environment. Following are five reasons why this is occurring: Data collection. Faculty members save time gathering data. Credentials, activities, and supporting documentation can be collected in a central […]

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New Metrics For Measuring the Impact of Research

There is a growing need for alternative metrics for demonstrating the impact of research. According to David Stuart, in his article entitled “Rising Metrics To Go Deeper,” new tools and metrics are being developed to measure the influence of research that go beyond traditional measures, such as citation counts and journal impact factors. These alternative and […]

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Best Practices for Securing Higher Ed Data

Databases used at colleges and universities are just as susceptible to attacks, by both outsiders and insiders, as large corporations. In fact, 80 percent of all database breaches originate from insiders. Because of the large number of students and administrators using technology, the typical institution faces significant challenges when it comes to data privacy and […]