Impact

My work has reached a wide international audience. Measurements of the reach and impact of my work are varied, and include both traditional and ‘alt-metrics’.

Invited Talks

In the past six months, I was

  • A panel speaker on digital archaeology at the Digital Humanities 2013 congress at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (http://digitalarchaeology.matrix.msu.edu )
  • a keynote speaker at the the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (which may be viewed on youtube)
  • an invited speaker at Scholars Lab at the University of Virginia, one of the flagship research centres for the Digital Humanities (which may be heard on iTunes),
  • an invited speaker at Stanford University’s workshop on the future of its major digital humanities project, ORBIS The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World,
  • the luncheon address speaker at Carleton University’s Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium, speaking on ‘Living the life electric: on becoming a digital humanist’,
  • an invited participant in two seminars at the Society for American Archaeology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Honolulu speaking on both archaeological networks analysis and archaeological agent based modeling.

In 2012, I was invited to the Dunbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington DC to present in a colloquium on Social Networks in Byzantium.

In 2011, I was invited to be a featured speaker at the Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference at Michigan Sate University.

Citations

Google Scholar provides citation analysis for authors in its databases. However, this count is not without its issues, including the incompleteness of its database, its focus on Anglophone publications (given my archaeological work in Italy, this could be very problematic), and occasional mis-attributions (see for instance van Dijck, J. ‘Search Engines and the Production of Academic Knowledge’ International Journal of Cultural Studies 13 (2010) 574:592 (link). With those caveats in mind,  as of May 27, 2013, Google counts

  • 98 citations to my work (65 since 2008),
  • an h-index of 7,
  • and an i10-index of 2. (For the most recent updates, see my profile page here.)

Harzing’s Publish or Perish reports the following statistics on my work (keeping in mind that I was not in a formal academic post prior to 2010):

Papers: 20 | Citations: 85 | Years: 12 | Cites/year: 7.08

  • h-index: 7
  • g-index: 9
  • hc-index: 4

(For a bibliometric overview of Canadian academic publications, see  Jarvey, P., Usher, A. and McElroy, L. 2012. Making Research Count: Analyzing Canadian Academic Publishing Cultures. Toronto: Higher Education Strategy Associates. which found that the average h-index in history departments was 2.8; for the humanities more generally it was 2.3, while for social science it was 5.2, p19-21.).

Tom Brughmans, in a 2012 article in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, ‘Thinking through networks: A review of formal network methods in archaeology‘  identified several pieces of my own work as crucial to laying the methodological foundations for the field more broadly.

A report by Alison Babeau of the Council on Library and Information Resources, “‘Rome Wasn’t Digitized in a Day’: Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classicists” identified work I did with Giovanni Ruffini on prosopographical social network analysis as ‘convincingly’ demonstrating the value and potential of the method for research in the Classics (p169).

Alt-Metrics

So-called ‘Alt-metrics’ are measurements of impact that can be determined through such things as page views, shares on social media, and embedding files in others’ sites. Given the nature of my research, it is import that I track these – and they themselves make up an important data point for my wider project to understand a digital historical consciousness.

As of May 22, 2013:

  • I have shared 13 datasets of materials related to social networks, topic modeling, software code, and other digital artefacts, at Figshare.com, which provides a unique URL and citable DOI for each artefact. My data have been viewed 4096 times, and shared via social media 31 times.
  • I have uploaded the text of several of my academic papers to Academia.Edu. My papers have been viewed there 1612 times; my profile 925 times, and I have 134 followers who are instantly notified of any updates to my own research.
  • Whenever I give a paper at a conference or elsewhere, I also upload the slides and text to Slideshare.net. This enables me to reach a wider audience than simply those who were in the room at the time. I currently have 15 presentations uploaded, with a combined viewership of 15 293.

Electric Archaeology, my research blog, has been narrowly focused on the problems and potentials of my research for over six years. It functions much like an open lab notebook. The structure of the internet is such that this blog has created a strong signal for searches interested in such issues. Consequently, the unique page views for the blog serve as an indicator of utility to the wider academic community (including citations to my posts in books and journal articles).  There have been

  • 220 465 unique page views of my content,
  • averaging approximately 40 000 per year
  • across 583 posts, with 681 comments.

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