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Attendee Bios

Bio Questions

  1. Educational background
  2. Professional background
  3. Technical skills (if applicable)
  4. What is the area of most unrealized potential for ALMs (for science, scholarly communications, etc.)?
  5. What do you hope we as a community can achieve by the end of the workshop?

Bio Responses 

Kate Ahlport

  1. M.S.P.H. in health care administration
  2. Executive Director, Health Research Alliance

Liz Allen

  1. Business Studies (specialization in Global Market Research)
  2. Publishing (Law; Science/Medicine) - on team PLOS for 8 years!
  3. N/A
  4. Improved content filtering for users - helping them to decide what to read through accurate measurement of reach and impact.
  5. A better understanding of the needs of different parts of the community – publishers, funders, institutions, developers, authors and researchers

Sam Arbesman

  1. PhD in computational biology and postdoc in quantitative social science
  2. Senior scholar at the Kauffman Foundation
  3. Coding, mathematical modeling
  4. Recommendation engines for related and intriguing articles
  5. Building more of a community

Pedro Beltrao

  1. Degree in Biochemistry, PhD in Bioinformatics (Molecular Evolution)
  2. Postdoc at UCSF, Starting Jan 2013 group leader at EMBL-EBI Cambridge,UK
  3. N/A
  4. Sorting/Ranking of articles, personalized recommendation engines, scientific merit
  5. Learn other points of view on how altmetrics might be useful and how best to make use of this new source of information.
  1. PhD in Underwater Holography
  2. Career academic publisher
  3. Excel. Finding broken functionality
  4. Have it be used for tenure decisions
  5. Something like the “Budapest Declaration” but for ALMs. Some clear idea about what items are still missing from all the offerings  (e.g. news media coverage), and an idea of how to build it. A discussion about predictive metrics (on day of publication, what is the ALM that replaces Impact Factor). An advocacy plan that rocks
  1. BA Physics Princeton, PhD Population Biology UC Davis.  (

  2. R, XML, HTML, RDFa, data analysis
  3. Metrics for assessing reproducible research
  4. Strengthen connections within the altmetrics community

Richard Cave

  1. BS Cognitive Science, (currently enrolled) SFSU EMBA
  2. I.T. Director at PLOS
  3. Infrastructure, systems administration, database architecture, and a heaping of rusty coding skills that can be brought to bear when needed.
  4. Demonstrating the "real impact" of altmetrics by tracking and visualizing the network of tweets made on a research article.
  5. Build relationships to raise awareness of almetrics.

Scott Chamberlain

  1. Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  2. Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University, rOpenSci
  3. Programming: R, API consumption in R
  4. As the semantic web becomes a reality, put altmetrics into context
  5. Commit to use open source ALM data providers, and make ALM data open access

Anna Daniel

  1. 4 degrees ranging from Psychology, media, Librarianship and a PhD in Business
  2. Always research and digital content, but across business, government, academia. Including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, funds management, Monash University and Queensland University of Technology.
  3. Are somewhat lacking.....
  4. I'm trying to ascertain the total number of CC licensed materials (at highest granularity possible) in existence worldwide.  Any help would be appreciated. Also digital literacy.
  5. Greater awareness of metrics tools amongst the communities we represent - what they do, what the results mean and how individuals can use them.  Ensure any best practices in ALMs include an easy way of counting CC licensed materials 

Martin Fenner

  1. M.D., Board certified in Internal Medicine and Hematology
  2. Technical Lead for the PLOS Article-Level Metrics project
  3. Experience in Ruby, Javascript, PHP and R
  4. Aggregation and presentation of ALM data
  5. Figure out what tools we need to build to make ALM more exciting and more widely adopted

Paul Groth

  1. Ph.D Computer Science University of Southampton
  2. I am an Assistant Professor at the VU University Amsterdam in the Knowledge Representation & Reasoning Group and am also a member of the Network Institute. I research approaches for dealing with large amounts of diverse contextualized knowledge with a particular focus on the web and e-Science applications. Specifically, my research covers data provenance, Web Science, knowledge integration and knowledge sharing. I am also co-chair of the W3C Provenance Working Group developing a standard for provenance on the Web.
  3. Programming (java, python, javascript) and a bit of web stuff.  
  4. For filtering information to provide personalized targeted data to scholars.
  5. I hope we can get an agreed on path to an open corpus of data that can be used  for altmetrics. 

Maximilian Haeussler

  1. PhD in Biology / Bioinformatics
  2. Bioinformatics / Text Mining research
  3. Programming, data mining
  4. Cross-publisher view counts?

Kristi Holmes

  1. BS, Biology; PhD, Biochemistry
  2. Bioinformaticist at Becker Medical Library at Washington University with interest in research impact (, Director of Outreach at VIVO (
  3. How impact metrics can be used and displayed within researcher representation platforms and how this information can be leveraged to enhance impact on the individual, local, and global level; using metrics to identify trends, identify high-impact investigators/initiatives
  4. Build a more cohesive community, understand how specific tools and ideas might integrate, understand what work can be done on the local level as well as in the immediate future.

Nettie Lagace

  1. BA Wellesley, MLIS University of Michigan
  2. currently Associate Director for Programs, NISO; previously product manager at Ex Libris for SFX link resolver, Verde electronic resource management system, bX recommender service
  3. Unix? that's about it. But I like to talk to developers!
  4. Further acceptance of validity of these measures.
  5. Quite a bit of communication and cross-fertilization regarding the many efforts that are going on in this space.   Better understanding of what capabilities the entire community can harness to  move all efforts forward.

Jennifer Lin

  1. PhD, Political Science
  2. Product Director, PLOS
  3. C, C++
  4. Research discovery
  5. Articulate adoption challenges across communities and build action plans to address them

Chris Mentzel

  1. Bachelors in Mathematics, Current graduate studies in Management Science and Engineering
  2. Information technology engineering and consulting, private philanthropy / science funding
  3. system and network engineering, light programming / databases
  4. providing academic credit (tenure, grants) based on metrics other than journal article citations (code, data, social media etc)
  5. Alignment on a core set of thrusts to focus on in the near term.

Graeme Moffat

  1. B.Sc. Physics, Ph.D. Neuroscience
  2. Managing Editor, Product Development & Outreach, Frontiers
  3. N/A
  4. Momentum toward a standard and roadmap for broad ALM sharing between publishers, app developers and others.

Ian Mulvany

  1. MPhys Edinburgh - 1999. Did a lot of computational physics, data modelling and coding in various flavors of FORTRAN for my sins.
  2. Managed to play around a little on a Cray T3d when that was the new cool.
    • In a nutshell, left academia, became involved in scientific publishing, moved into product development for researchers. In terms of ALMs, I was product manager for Connotea, I saw that the main problem with that service is we never got our head around a proper business model or a sustainability model. It's great to see the new services that are coming online all have that thought through to a much better extent. I later became head of product for Mendeley, where I was very involved in the product and commercial development of the Mendeley Institutional Edition, essentially an ALM product targeted at libraries. I am now head of technology for eLife and I am interested in building an extensible API for our articles that can be used to capture arbitrary ALM data about our articles, and on the back of this I will be building a notification system for our authors.
  3. Python, learning javascript, like APIs, used to be able to use Google App engine and Yahoo Query Language, but I'm pretty rusty now.
  4. Context, and interoperability.
  5. A discussion around signalling. A provisional discussion around ranking of signals.

Cameron Neylon

  1. BSc in Biochemistry, PhD in chemistry
  2. Worked as a postdoc, then tenured academic in a UK University, then worked as a research scientist within a research funder and now working within a publisher. Have seen most ends of the research world at one time or another.
  3. Don't know how many I have. A little programming, a little data management.
  4. Tools to support discovery
  5. A shared sense of purpose and an agreement on the route towards figuring out what community structures might be appropriate.

Karthik Ram

  1. PhD in Ecology and Evolution
  2. Postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley.
  3. Seasoned R programmer with expertise in big data and high performance computing.
  4. Fostering rapid collaboration and novel synthesis.
  5. Find better approaches to convincing our [scientist] peers about the importance of ALMs and leverage existing/new tools to better science.

Lisa Schiff

  1. PhD in Library and Information Studies, UC Berkeley
  2. Currently a Technical Lead for Access & Publishing at the California Digital Library; Previously, an Information Engineer at Interwoven.
  3. XML, Perl, some CSS, rusty other stuff
  4. Clearly identifying the meaning and value of ALM in various contexts.
  5. Clearly identifying the meaning and value of ALM in various contexts. 

Carly Strasser

  1. PhD Biological Oceanography, 2008 from MIT-WHOI Joint Program
  2. I completed two postdocs in population models (Woods Hole Oceanographic and University of Alberta) and one postdoc with DataONE organization (, based at NCEAS/UCSB. Now I am a data curation specialist at California Digital Library, working on getting researchers excited about data management and sharing. 
  3. NA 
  4. Applying ALMs to tenure and credit for researchers in science 
  5. Raise awareness; build tools; begin professional relationships that will help advance acceptance and use of ALMs in research

Alex Wade

  1. Educational background:
    • M Librarianship, University of Washington
    • BA, UC Berkeley (Philosophy)
  2. Professional background:
    • Currently Director of Scholarly Communication for Microsoft Research
  3. Technical skills (if applicable): Very rusty
  4.  Use of ALM & other altmetrics to better rank/discover emergent trends & research topics

Jevin West

  1. PhD in theoretical biology
  2. Co-founded; currently at the University of Washington
  3. Quantitative skills in mathematical modeling of biological and social networks; also code extensively in my free time
  4. Using ALM to help scholars better navigate the scholarly literature.  Yes, we need them to rank and sort, but I think the most exciting areas are in developing ALMs to shorten the time in finding that key paper or researcher.
  5. I would love to build something.  With this many great people in one room for three days, I hope all our good discussions lead to something that researchers can start using within the next 6 months.  It may be a bit ambitious, but given the progress PLoS has already made, I think it is possible.

Alicia Woodleigh

  1. BA single Hons English Degree, NCTJ Magazine Journalism Postgraduate
  2. I worked on National and Regional consumer and charity magazines before moving into Production Department at BioMed Central in online scientific publishing. I then worked at Pearson HE in project management before coming back to scientific publishing.
  3. XML, some SQL, InDesign, Quark, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, JIRA, Prince, project management.