June 14, 2021

Briefing Paper: “Data Tracking in Research: Aggregation and Use or Sale of Usage Data by Academic Publishers”

The briefing paper linked below was recently published by the Committee on Scientific Library Services and Information Systems of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), German Research Foundation.

Title

Data Tracking in Research: Aggregation and Use or Sale of Usage Data by Academic Publishers

From the Document:

This briefing paper issued by the Committee on Scientific Library Services and Information Systems (AWBI) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) on the subject of data tracking in digital research resources describes options for the digital tracking of research activities. It outlines how academic publishers are becoming data analytics specialists, indicates the consequences for research and its institutions, and identifies the types of data mining that are being used. As such, it primarily serves to present contemporary practices with a view to stimulating discussion so that positions can be adopted regarding the consequences of these practices for the academic community. It is aimed at all stake-holders in the research landscape.

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12 pages; PDF.

Hat Tip: LaList

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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