Speaker: Heather Piwowar
Research today is often evaluated by the journal impact factor of a published article. This has left little room for innovation: it is difficult for new journals to achieve a high impact factor, and non-traditional research products are often published outside of journals. It has also failed to recognize and reward broad impact and post-publication use. As scholarly publishing and interactions move online, scholarly and public impacts are becoming easier to follow and measure. Heather Piwowar will talk about tools that can track these impacts today, and discuss how these tools are empowering revolutions in open access publishing and open data repositories.
Heather Piwowar is co-founder of total-impact (http://total–impact.org/) a new tool for evaluating impact metrics for research outputs. She is a postdoc research associate with Duke University and the University of British Columbia, funded through the DataONE project at the Dryad Digital Repository at NESCent. Heather is a leading researcher in the area of research data availability and data reuse. She wrote one of the first papers to measure thecitationbenefitofpubliclyavailableresearchdata, studiedpatternsinpublicdepositionofdatasets, and is currently investigatingpatternsofdatareuse and the impact of journal data-sharing policies. Piwowar is afrequentspeaker on research-data archiving, writes a well-respectedresearchblog and is active on Twitter (@researchremix). She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering, 10 years of experience as a software engineer in small companies and a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Pittsburgh.