Announcing a better way to measure your value: the Total Impact Score

Measuring the full impact of a scholar’s work is important to us here at Impactstory. No single metric captures all the flavors of your impact–until now.

We’re announcing a thrilling new feature to be rolled out in the next few days: Total Impact Scores.* Now, using one metric to rule them all, you can capture and calculate not only your value as a Scholar, but your worth as a Human Being.

We are increasingly able to track your productivity, effectiveness, and health thanks to the Quantified Self movement. Smart appliances are able to tell us more than ever about your habits in the home.

By forging partnerships with new data providers, we’re able to get a fuller picture of your value on the job and in your private life. To help you make sense of all that data, we’re summarized your impact in the Total Impact Score.

While the exact algorithms we use to calculate your Total Impact Scores are proprietary, we can share with you some of the data streams that are taken into account when compiling your Total Impact Score:

We have also paid close attention to concerns about the over-dependence upon quantitative measures, and will soon roll out qualitative supplements to the Total Impact Score, including full-text reports on your effectiveness as a parent, spouse, co-worker, and friend–as reported by your loved ones and colleagues.

Stay tuned for future announcements about the Total-Impact Score and other innovations in altmetrics!

* Some might recognize the name–Total-Impact is what we called the first iteration of Impactstory. With our single impact metric, the Total Impact Score, you can truly calculate your total impact, beyond the Academy.


4 thoughts on “Announcing a better way to measure your value: the Total Impact Score

    • Now someone’s going to have to invent the Pepper-measure algorithm to correct for our Total Impact Score inaccuracies. Oy!

  1. This is terrible and I am profoundly outraged. No quantitative metric can ever hope to capture my profound contribution to scholarship through a collection of shady social media metrics (though I have to admit that the full text reports on my performance as spouse sound exciting). This can never replace the timely, value-neutral and fair system of peer assessment we currently have, which is at times also really effective at suggesting to measure your worth as a human being.

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