As academics begin to use a wide range of third party services to share content and engage in scholarly discourse, they are constructing a distributed identity. Previously a publication record stood as a proxy for an academic career and became closely allied with promotion, reward and reputation. Many of the new tools have the advantage of generating data and metrics which are richer than the standard publication record.

In this presentation, Martin Weller asks to what extent can these metrics be useful to the individual or the institution and discusses some preliminary work of the digital scholarship group at the OU will be used to explore these issues.

Filmed at the Open University, Milton Keynes on Monday 11th July 2011.

Produced by Rich Pitkin

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