Interested in #altmetrics? Heck, interested in good old CITATIONS? Measurements need data, and papers are data. Collecting attributions, and even more importantly the context around those attributions, requires computer-friendly access to the scientific literature.
This total-impact blog post explains how the #openaccess petition will help:
Open impact metrics need #openaccess. Please sign.
Something exciting is going on. A petition for increased access to the scientific literature is gathering steam. If it gets 25k signatures in 30 days — and it looks like it will get many more — the proposal will go to Obama’s desk for integration into policy.
Total-Impact urges you to sign this petition and share it with others. We have :)
Improved access to the research literature is *essential* if we want innovative systems to track the impact of scholarly research products within the scholarly ecosystem.
As far as we know, there is only one cross-publisher open computer-accessible source for citations: PubMed Central. And the only cross-publisher search of full text that can be reused by computer programs? Comes from PubMed Central. PubMed Central is awesome, but it only has NIH-funded biomedical literature. Scholarship needs these resources for all research literature. This petition is an important step.
Please go sign the petition and spread the word. #altmetrics #OAMonday #openaccess #theFutureIsComing
If you are interested in info about science — info that will facilitate innovation around discovery, recommendation, diverse research products, publishing processes, and attribution — please sign the petition. Please sign it today (more info, technical help, emphasis that non-Americans can sign, etc).