Since November last year, quite a lot has been going on in altmetrics and various tools supporting their use. Of course, new research articles has been authored and published, too.
A while ago, RStudio launched ShinyApps.io, a hosted version of RStudio Shiny Server Pro. A very promising way to deploy Shiny applications. As for now, the company kindly offers free
beta accounts (EDIT 11.3.2015 ShinyApps.io is now on a production state, and the maximum number of applications on a free account like mine, is five. Therefore, I’ve had to deactive the app featured in this posting). Here is an application a screenshot showing Aalto University publications since 2010 with a DOI.
Article metadata and the Web of Science (WoS) score come from Thomson Reuters, and altmetrics data via the Altmetric API. All data is pre-fetched, so the values may differ from those you find on their site. To get hold on Altmetric data, a nice and easy way to query their API in R, is the rAltmetric library by rOpenSci.
For those of you with access to a local R installation, you can also run the app with some sample data from a GitHub Gist by the command
There are two plots in the app, made with ggplot2 and rCharts (NVD3), respectively. I had also in mind to try ggvis, a brand new visualization package from RStudio, but failed to plug it in the reactive context. Maybe next time!
The R code is here.