Over the last few months, team Altmetric have been busy visiting our institutional customers running altmetrics training sessions and facilitating workshops. We’ve travelled from Washington D.C. to Melbourne to Cambridge, offering training support for teams across a number of universities. We’ve also run a fair few online webinars, training up our customers across Altmetric’s tools, running online tutorials and offering tips for implementing and rolling out Altmetric for Institutions.
Primarily, we focus on running Train the Trainer sessions, ensuring Altmetric super users are tooled up to cascade altmetrics training across their institution. We also work hard to engage with the broader research community – encouraging responsible use of metrics, emphasising the value of looking beyond the score by analysing conversations behind the donut, and sharing ideas for building altmetrics into current workflows and using alongside existing forms of measuring and understanding research impact.
Training support in numbers
Since November last year we’ve run almost fifty training sessions across academic institutions and publishers. We’ve reached almost 500 attendees including librarians, research office teams, communications officers, researchers, publishers and university policy makers. This post shares a few highlights from our recent training visits and features a guest appearance from our very own Altmetric mascot, President Icinghower.
President Icinghower meets President Lincoln
Earlier in the year we took a trip to Washington D.C. and visited the publications team at the World Bank. It was great to discuss how the World Bank are using Altmetric for Institutions and Altmetric embeddable badges across their repositories, showcasing attention to a wide range of published content including reports, journal articles and working papers. Take a look at this example of the World Bank’s Altmetric badge embeds in the Open Knowledge Repository.
We were also accompanied on our trip by intrepid traveller President Icinghower, who was pretty thrilled to meet President Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial!
Training librarians and research office teams
Next we flew to Australia, where we ran a number of training sessions, university visits and interactive workshops. A highlight was running a training session for staff at Macquarie University in Sydney. We were really excited to hear the Library team’s plans for rolling out both Symplectic Elements and Altmetric for Institutions across the institution, and discussing the integrations between the two systems.
We also saw Macquarie University Library’s book automated storage and retrieval system, which fills the entire basement of the Library, holds 80% of the print collection, and delivers books on request for Library users – saving space in the library for additional study areas.
The following week, we visited the University of Melbourne – running workshops with figshare to mark the launch of both Altmetric for Institutions and Figshare for Institutions. We ran training sessions and hands-on activities with researchers and university staff, and had some great discussions with attendees about using altmetrics on your CV, how we calculate the Altmetric score of attention and some of the most popular research outputs produced by the University of Melbourne.
Digital Science Showcase Workshop
We rounded off the week with the Digital Science Showcase Event, Innovations in Research Management. Kathy Christian, Altmetric COO, discussed the Altmetric story so far and shared some of the product development plans on our roadmap this year. We also had the opportunity to run an afternoon Altmetric workshop, with plenty of post-it notes, stickers and group discussions. Thanks to everyone who came along to the workshops and participated so actively – we loved hearing about your altmetrics use cases and ideas for Altmetric future developments!
We’ll be at lots more events this year, hosting workshops and running training sessions for all of our customers: get in touch if you if you’d like to find out more!