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Digital Science Presents Dimensions at the Gaidar Forum 2018, Moscow

23rd January 2018
By Katy Alexander

On January 15th 2018, Digital Science launched Dimensions, a global analytical platform that breaks down barriers to discovery and innovation by making over 860 million academic citations freely available, and delivers one-click access to over 9 million Open Access articles.

Dimensions integrates funded grants, publications and citations, altmetric data, clinical trials and patents to provide a complete picture of the research landscape emerges; from resources entering the system, research outputs, recognition, patents reflecting the commercial trajectory and the translation of medical research into treatments.

The release of Dimensions provided an excellent talking point for a session at this year’s Gaidar Forum in Moscow focused on big data as a source for strategic decision making in science and innovation policy.

The event was organized by the Department of Scientific Information and Development of the RANEPA, a key player in the field of open science in Russia & CIS.

A group of Russian and international experts discussed a number of key points and recommendations for open science communication and also focussed on how best to utilize big data produced by research for public and private institutions.

The session was moderated by Oksana Medvedeva, Organizer of the Session, Head, Department of Scientific and Informational Development, RANEPA, and Ivan Zasursky, Chairman of the Department of New Media and Theory of Communication at the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University.

Experts that presented included:

  • Sergey Matveev (Ministry of Science & Education)
  • Mike Taylor (Altmetric)
  • Igor Osipov (Digital Science)
  • Martijn Roelandse (SpringerNature)
  • Gregg Gordon (SSRN – Elsevier)
  • Alexey Guzev (Russian Venture Company)
  • Dmitry Malkov (ITMO University)
  • and several other speakers

Altmetric’s Director of Metrics, Mike Taylor, talked about the development of scientific communication and its inseparability from the development of society:

“Today, just as society develops, scientists are getting and using new ways of communication and interaction … We have never had the opportunity before before to see how the results of research spread through broader society – we can see publications, studies, quotations, discussions in open, public media.”

Sergey Matveev, Director of the S&T Department, Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, noted that big data by itself has no particular value and does not have any influence on strategic decision making. At the same time, the results of big data processing and smart visualization are important if they help to utilize information quickly and intuitively.

“With increasing pace of decision-making, the price of a mistake is getting high, but windows of opportunities are occurring more often. Big data can not only help you to understand where the world is moving toward but also give you the outlook on national-level, internal systems in the scientific and technological sphere. When we put these two pieces together, we have an understandable, rational and truly strategic decision, which is shared by the society.”

During his presentation, Igor Osipov, VP Academic & Government at Digital Science, spoke of Dimensions’ project philosophy:

“We invited the world’s leading experts and thought leaders, about a tenth of which came from the Russian scientific community, to share opinions, knowledge and take part in the development of the Dimensions platform. In Dimensions, for the first time, all parts of the very large puzzle we call ‘scientific information’ are united: grants, patents, clinical studies, metadata of different publications, measures of mentions and so on. This is a unique project and it is obvious that the possibilities of Dimensions data usage will reach far beyond science and education.”

Alexey Gusev, Director of information ecosystem development at the Russian Venture Company, said that the request for mechanisms like Dimensions appeared a few years ago.

“Dimensions is an example of a tool in which big data can be integrated into management mechanisms both in science and, for example, in venture capital. I’m sure that in many funds, decisions could be made more confidently if there was a database of all grants available, not only in Russia but also throughout the world. The effectiveness of investments in technologies could increase.”

The Director of the Centre of Scientific Communication at ITMO University Dmitry Malkov mentioned that, according to the joint Altmetric research of ITMO and the communication laboratory of the RVC, Universities that are working on communication more carefully with good press services and active communication departments, have a higher reputational influence which can be successively converted into attracting talented students, teachers, as well as in obtaining new funding.

A video of the discussion session (in Russian) and reports of all participants can be found here:  (starting at 5:51)

For more information about Dimensions and its uses download A Guide to the Dimensions Data Approach and read our latest Digital Research Report title A Collaborative Approach to Enhancing Research Discovery.

View the new Dimensions research platform here.

If you are based in Russia or the Commonwealth of Independent States and you would like to know more about how your organization can benefit from Dimensions or if you have any questions, email  (specify “Dimensions” in the subject).

Digital Science recently launched Dimensions in London to an enthused and engaged crowd. Our next destination on our global launch tour is Australia during our Digital Science Showcase Week, register here if you would like to attend!


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