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Charleston Library Conference 

Mar 7, 2022

Join us for our latest podcast episode featuring a conversation between Jason Priem, Co-Founder of OurResearch, Leah Hinds, Executive Director of the Charleston Hub, and Matthew Ismail, Editor in Chief of the Charleston Briefings.

As a PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jason led the creation of the field of altmetrics--coining the term, authoring the influential Altmetrics Manifesto, and leading the first altmetrics workshops. Jason also co-founded Impactstory (now OurResearch), a nonprofit building open software to promote the growth of open science. Since then, Our Research has received funding from the US National Science Foundation, US National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and others.

Topics of conversation include the all-night hack-a-thon session that led to the start of OurResearch and the many different projects under the OurResearch umbrella, but focusing on the newest product in their portfolio called OpenAlex. Inspired by the Library of Alexandria, OpenAlex is “an open and comprehensive catalog of scholarly papers, authors, institutions, and more.”