The journey from librametry to altmetrics: a look back

Dutta, Bidyarthi The journey from librametry to altmetrics: a look back., 2014 . In Golden Jubilee Celebration of Department of Library and Information Science, Jadavpur University;, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, 8/8/14-10/8/14. (In Press) [Conference paper]

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The twentieth century may be described as the century of development of metric sciences, i.e. librametrics, scientometrics, bibliometrics, informetrics, econometrics, technometrics, biometrics, sociometrics, psychometrics, educametrics and so on…Possibly the inception of cybermetrics was the concluding milestone of the metric sciences’ voyage in the last century. The internet and open access revolution touched the crest at 1990s that laid down a milestone in 2001. The dawn of new millennium radiated the new spark of light across the globe, which is Wikipedia. The knowledge dissemination process demolished another barricade to ensure people’s easy access. It was a new concept that drastically transformed the world of scholarly communication. Various new dimensions were added to the processes of information collection, storage, processing, dissemination and evaluation. The performance and impact measurements of these processes gradually systematized them towards more objectiveness. In this way newer metric sciences are developing incessantly in different subject domains. Recent developments include Wikimetrics, article-level metrics, altmetrics etc. In this paper all metrics generally associated directly or indirectly with the scope and context of library and information science have been discussed along with some brief historical background. Starting from Ranganathan’s librametry, it addresses upto most recent metric studies. All metrics are categorized in three classes on the basis of respective time of inception, i.e. classical metrics, neo-classical metrics and modern metrics. The four metrics, i.e. librametrics, bibliometrics, scientometrics and informetrics are categorized under classical metrics. Cybermetrics is regarded as neo-classical metrics while remaining others evolved in 21st century are recognized as modern metrics.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Librametry; Bibliometrics; Informetrics; Scientometrics; Webometrics; Cybermetrics; Wikimetrics; Author metrics; Article metrics; Altmetrics; Social metrics; Open source metrics; Google scholar metrics; h index; g index; i-10 index
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information.
A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AA. Library and information science as a field.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
Depositing user: Bidyarthi Dutta
Date deposited: 26 Aug 2014 18:15
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:32



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