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Baltimore, MD - February 25, 2016 - The National Information Standards
Organization (NISO) seeks comments on the draft Altmetrics Data Quality
Code of Conduct, NISO RP-25-201X-3, one output of a multi-pronged,
multi-phase project that aims to build trust in and adoption of new methods
of assessing impact. Further draft outputs from two other working groups,
addressing altmetrics definitions, use cases, specific output types, and
use of persistent identifiers, are expected to be released for public
comment in the coming weeks.

Altmetrics are increasingly being used and discussed as an expansion of the
tools available for measuring the impact of research in the knowledge
environment. The NISO Alternative Assessment Metrics (Altmetrics)
Initiative was begun in July 2013 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan
Foundation to address several areas of limitations and gaps that hinder the
broader adoption of altmetrics. This document is one output from this
initiative's Phase 2, and is intended to help organizations that wish to
use altmetrics to ensure the consistent generation and aggregation of
altmetric data across the community. This Altmetrics Data Quality Working
Group studied and discussed issues of data quality in the altmetrics realm,
an essential aspect of heterogeneous data before metrics can be used for
research and practical purposes.

"The Code of Conduct aims to improve the quality of altmetric data by
increasing the transparency of data provision and aggregation as well as
ensuring replicability and accuracy of online events used to generate
altmetrics," explains Stefanie Haustein, post-doctoral researcher at the
Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication,
Université de Montréal, and co-chair of Working Group C (Data Quality), the
group that developed these recommendations.

"The recommendations themselves are rather brief in length," comments Greg
Tananbaum, Consultant at SPARC and co-chair of Working Group C (Data
Quality). "However, appendixes to the document include a standard form of
report that data providers and aggregators can use to publicly detail their
adherence to the recommendations, and several sample reports that are
intended to help an entity understand how they might demonstrate their
approach to transparency, as recommended by the Code of Conduct."

"NISO is soliciting feedback on this draft Recommended Practice from any
organization that creates, uses, or is affected by altmetric data," states
Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director for Programs. "This feedback will be
used to make any revisions to the document before final publication of all
recommendations from the Altmetrics Initiative later this spring. We also
plan to make additional documents from other working groups participating
in this initiative available for public comment and invite additional
parties to keep in touch for these announcements."

The draft Code of Conduct Recommended Practice is open for public comments
through March 31, 2016. To download the draft or submit online comments,
visit the NISO Altmetrics Initiative webpage at
http://www.niso.org/topics/tl/altmetrics_initiative/

*About NISO*
NISO, based in Baltimore, Maryland, fosters the development and maintenance
of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and
effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in
research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries,
publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support
learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization,
management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting
communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information
standards. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO
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