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IU Bloomington moves forward with MESUR project.

Indiana University-Bloomington (IU Bloomington) recently received a grant of $349,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will be shared by university associate professor Johan Bollen and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) in order to create metrics for measuring scholarly impact from large-scale usage data. This initiative will build upon the Metrics from Scholarly Usage of Resources (MESUR) project that Bollen, whose CV also includes membership and work in the IU School of Informatics and Computing's Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research as well as the IU Cognitive Science Program, began in 2006 with similar support from the foundation.

Todd Carpenter, managing director and co-principal investigator of NISO, expressed his enthusiasm in partnering with Bollen on the MESUR project. He further stated that MESUR's success will rely on the coordinated participation of a wide breadth of players in scholarly communications and that NISO will act as a neutral third party in organizing those players' cooperation.

Bollen stated that there is much opportunity in this field of research for improvement in the areas of accessibility and quality. In addition, the grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will strengthen MESUR and help the project reach its goal of becoming a viable public resource. So far, the project has yielded a database of more than 1 billion usage events with the attendant citation, bibliographic, and usage data for scholarly content.


As MESUR moves forward, it will focus on four areas in the creation of a sustainable system: financial sustainability, legal frameworks for protecting data privacy, data exchange, and scholarly impact. The project will organize data from more than 110,000 journals, newspapers, and magazines, along with usage reports covering more than 2,000 institutions. The results will be a large-scale mapping of the scholarly community, with a review of more than 40 different metrics measuring scholarly impact.

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Title Annotation:news desk; Indiana University
Author:Stewart, Bill
Publication:Computers in Libraries
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2010
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