ImpactStory: tell the full story of your research impact; ImpactStory aggregates altmetrics: aggregating diverse impacts from your articles, datasets, blog posts, and more.

See on Scoop.itDual impact of research; towards the impactelligent university



ImpactStory began life as total-impact, a hackathon project at the Beyond Impact workshop in 2011. As the hackathon ended, a few of us migrated into a hotel hallway to continue working, eventually completing a 24-hour coding marathon to finish a prototype. After months of spare-time development and then funding, we’ve got the same excitement for total-impact today.

In early 2012, ImpactStory was given £17,000 through the Beyond Impact project from the Open Society Foundation. As of May 2012, ImpactStory is funded through a $125k grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


what is ImpactStory?

ImpactStory is a website that makes it quick and easy to view the impact of a wide range of research output. It goes beyond traditional measurements of research output — citations to papers — to embrace a much broader evidence of use across a wide range of scholarly output types. The system aggregates impact data from many sources and displays it in a single report, which is given a permaurl for dissemination and can be updated any time.


who is it for?

researchers who want to know how many times their work has been downloaded, bookmarked, and bloggedresearch groups who want to look at the broad impact of their work and see what has demonstrated interestfunders who want to see what sort of impact they may be missing when only considering citations to papersrepositories who want to report on how their research artifacts are being discussedall of us who believe that people should be rewarded when their work (no matter what the format) makes a positive impact (no matter what the venue). Aggregating evidence of impact will facilitate appropriate rewards, thereby encouraging additional openness of useful forms of research output.


how should it be used?

ImpactStory data can be:highlighted as indications of the minimum impact a research artifact has made on the communityexplored more deeply to see who is citing, bookmarking, and otherwise using your workrun to collect usage information for mention in biosketchesincluded as a link in CVsanalyzed by downloading detailed metric information

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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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