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Minding the Gaps: Bibliometric Challenges at the Margins of the Academy Recording

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NISO Plus 2023 was a virtual global event which happened around the world on February 14-16, 2023. Building on our track record of engagement and conversation, we brought the same quality of content from 2020-2022 to our 2023 gathering. Dozens of amazing speakers and keynotes from across the globe share their knowledge and expertise on important topics for the information community.
This session addresses challenges in tracking and measuring the research output and impact of minor academic disciplines in the humanities. Scholarly fields such as theology and religious studies exist at the margins of the contemporary academy, and prevailing research information management tools do not accurately capture the range and reach of their academic contributions. The participants in this panel will assess the current state of research information management in minor academic fields, then suggest traditional and non-traditional bibliometric solutions to measure them more comprehensively and fairly. The panelists will explore how open source initiatives such as Wikidata/WikCite and OpenAlex could help to mend the gaps between central and peripheral academic fields. They will also explore how emerging techniques such as network analysis helps to demonstrate the reach and interdisciplinary impact of scholarship in these disciplines.
Erika Valenti, Executive VP, North American, Emerald Group Publishing will speak about: - First Voices First Initiative - Emerald North America's Experience in Partnering (problems overcome / successful outcomes / learning acquired) - Expansion of the Work and Next Steps
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It’s a muddled area for libraries, content providers and readers. Long-form content has traditionally been contained in printed volumes both for reasons of consumption as well as convenient access. With the arrival of ebooks, some aspects of engaging with long-form content became a bit easier – searchability, mobility, etc. Still, neither form seems to fully satisfy. Each user learns his or her own best practices for reading and referencing book content. Is it any wonder then that those whose scholarship relies on long-form content are suspicious of proposed changes to book production, delivery and access? This virtual conference will consider from a variety of perspectives issues associated with creation, publication, and distribution of The Book. Speakers may explore metrics of usage (downloads, duration of reading session, etc.) as well as questions of reader behavior, assignment of metadata, and long-term access to licensed digital content.
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