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What Altmetrics Can Do, Where Else Might It Lead?

As described in a previous post, Altmetrics is an emerging measure of audience engagement for an individual piece of media as it traverses the internet. While this attention can be representative of positive or negative engagement, in either instance, the potential for keen, real-time insights is enormous. Provided, of course, that these insights translate into …

Altmetrics and the Eyes on Your Data

Determining the impact of a fresh manuscript delivered to inquisitive audiences is an elusive pursuit, and difficult to quantify. Traditional methods consider the impact factor of the journal in which the work is published, or the number of times the findings are cited by others. The former serves to imply value by association, while the …

The Curious Case of Hot Button Communications

Evolution. Climate change. Vaccination. It is difficult to deny the power of words when just a few short phrases on the internet can induce the intellectual equivalent of DEFCON1. No need for alarm, however. I am not writing to change any minds – and even if I tried, whatever I might say is only likely …

Evaluating the Quality of Health Information on the Internet

  Grandpa has a stomach ache.  He does not use the internet much, but Grandma does.  She even knows how to post photos of her grand-kids onto Facebook, much to the envy of her Bunco group.  Confident in her web savvy, she springs to the laptop. If Grandma is like most internet users, however, she …

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