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Altmetric Undertakes Pioneering Pilot with OECD to Measure Online Engagement Surrounding Diverse Research Outputs

18th April 2017
 | Katy Alexander

Our portfolio company Altmetric, today announced a new pilot project with The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to track and report on the impact of over 120,000 articles, chapters, books, papers, tables, charts and statistical datasets in the OECD iLibrary.

The OECD seeks to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world, and provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.

Initially the OECD will be adopting the Altmetric Explorer for Institutions platform to analyse the attention data internally, and hope to potentially later deploy Altmetric badges, which will provide visitors an at-a-glance indicator of the attention an item has received, across the OECD iLibrary dissemination platform.

In addition to hosting OECD’s content, the iLibrary platform also contains content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF).

Commenting on the Pilot, Toby Green from OECD’s Public Affairs and Communications Directorate said,

“Measuring the broader impacts of what we publish is vital, because we need to learn what works and what doesn’t. Altmetric data will be a key ingredient in rebuilding the OECD’s impact evaluation activities, complementing our existing traditional and social media monitoring.”

Altmetric Founder Euan Adie adds,

“We know that the OECD’s content is regularly referenced in many of the policy sources we track, so it’s great to be able to provide them with this evidence of the influence of their published outputs. We look forward to working with them to incorporate the data into their ongoing workflows”.

The pilot is running from now until September 2017. You can read the official news here.