*metrics - Project details (metrics)

MEasuring The Reliability and perceptions of Indicators for interactions with sCientific productS

The main objective of the *metrics – MEasuring The Reliability and perceptions of Indicators for interactions with sCientific productS project is to develop a deeper understanding of *metrics (aka altmetrics / social media metrics), in terms of their general significance and their perception amongst stakeholders. Key considerations will include the quality of *metrics’ underlying data (in terms of validity and reliability), the historical context within which *metrics arose, as well as their ability to adequately assess scientific outputs against the background of disciplinary specificities. The project’s findings will benefit *metrics users and will contribute to the greater openness and transparency of *metrics initiatives.


During the two-year-term, partners will conduct explorative user and usage studies. Social media platforms will be evaluated and the technical foundations of *metrics will be assessed. This work will be supported by a scientific committee and accompanied by community building and public relations activities, the creation of new links with national and international initiatives (e.g. COAR, NISO) and the establishment of a *metrics information platform.

Göttingen State and University Library (SUB Göttingen) is coordinating the project and is involved in the following work packages:

Creation of a social media registry for science

A bilingual (German/English) social media registry will be created, which will look at functionalities of social media services and gather information about their user groups. The scientific community will be involved in the working process. Based on the considered functional and subject-related specifications the project aims to give recommendations for standardization.

Communication of project results to the community and initiation of an open discourse

Via the bilingual (German/English) information platform *metrics the international library, repository and *metrics community will be informed about current developments and project results. Furthermore, open discourse about the project’s research questions will be initiated via different social media channels.

Organization of workshops to involve the community

In the beginning and at the end of the project, the *metrics topic will be presented in workshops to interested members of libraries, research institutions and scientific communities to gather feedback.



Project staff at the SUB Göttingen

SUB Göttingen departments / units involved in the project

Former project staff of the SUB Göttingen

Martin Fehrensen, Marni Denise Hanke, Moritz Wiemann, Nils Windisch