A public archive for the videos of the Altmetrics Conferences and Workshops

by Bastian Drees, Grischa Fraumann and Isabella Peters

We are glad to announce that most videos from the Altmetrics Conferences and Workshops are now available at a public archive, the TIB AV-Portal. In doing so, we create a long-term archive of the videos, define licenses for reuse, assign a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for each video and provide the possibility to link the videos in future to the corresponding presentation slides and/or abstracts.

The Altmetrics Conferences and Workshops are the most prominent events around the world on altmetrics, and have been held annually at different locations since 2014. The Altmetrics Conference focuses on a wider target audience, such as librarians, publishers, researchers and several altmetrics data aggregators and providers. The conference aims to give attendees a chance to hear practical applications of altmetrics data, learn from what others are doing, and discuss the potential challenges and opportunities that these data bring to their organisations.

The Altmetrics Workshop takes place together with the conference, after having had workshops at the ACM Web Science Conferences in 2012 and 2014. The workshop series sets the focus on researchers to discuss work in progress on altmetrics research. In contrast to the conference, submissions to the workshop are also peer reviewed, and extended abstracts are published on the workshop website (e.g. The 2019 Altmetrics Workshop).

(source: Akers, K. G. (2017). Introducing altmetrics to the Journal of the Medical Library Association. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA. https://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2017.250)

The TIB AV-Portal is the ideal infrastructure to host, find and reuse scientific videos. The portal’s key unique selling points are the long-term archiving of all videos and the seamless use of DOIs and Media Fragment Identifiers (MFID), which ensure reliable long-term availability and referencing of the videos to the second.

Would you like to know how research articles are mentioned on Twitter or how altmetrics are related to open science? These are just two examples, and you can start exploring the full video collection on altmetrics here.


We were supported by Catherine Williams from Altmetric.com; and the team of the Lab Non-Textual Materials at TIB that develops innovative and reliable infrastructures, tools and services for making scientific and educational videos as well as research data accessible, searchable, citable and digitally preserved.

Authors’ bios

Bastian Drees studied physics in Münster and holds a PhD in biophysics from Heidelberg University. He completed a traineeship (“Referendariat”) as scientific librarian at TIB and the Bavarian State Library (BSB). From 2016 to 2019, he worked in the Lab Non-Textual Materials in the Research and Development Department of TIB. He was responsible for science communication and the outreach to scientific communities. A large part of his work focused on identifying user needs and integrating them in the development of new services for non-textual materials, such as audio-visual media and research data. Since 2020, he is the Head of the Szilárd Library at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg.

Grischa Fraumann is a Research Assistant at TIB in the Open Science Lab. He is also a member of the LIBER Innovative Metrics Working Group. He holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) from Danube University Krems, University of Tampere and Beijing Normal University and an undergraduate degree in Hispanic Studies, Sociology and History from University of Mannheim and University of Deusto in Bilbao. His research interests include altmetrics, higher education research and research policy.

Isabella Peters is Professor of Web Science at ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and head of the Web Science research group at Kiel University. She received her PhD in Information Science at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Her research focuses on user-generated content and its potential for scholarly communication on the social web, e.g. altmetrics. Since 2014, Isabella has been the co-organizer of the altmetrics workshops and since 2018 she is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Altmetrics. Also, she is active in the Association for Information Science and Technology (in particular European Chapter and SIGMetrics) and in the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science. She was a member of the European Expert Group on Altmetrics and she co-chaired the LIBER Innovative Metrics Working Group.

I am a member of the IBID research group (Information Behavior and Interaction Design) at the Department of Communication. Before joining the University of Copenhagen, I worked as a Research Assistant at TIB Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology. I was also a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University.