Dimensions in 30 minutes
A 30 minute introduction to Dimensions.
Finding a fast and effective way to explore connections between a wide range of research data has long been high on the research community’s wishlist. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the research lifecycle has been a key goal for the Digital Science team too. Joining forces was a natural next step: together, we have created Dimensions, a dynamic, easy-to-use, linked research data platform that re-imagines the way research can be discovered, accessed, and analyzed. Whether you are a researcher, a funder, a publisher, a research administrator, or a librarian, Dimensions makes it easy to navigate the many links between grants, publications, clinical trials, patents, and policy documents.
With Dimensions, you can search across multiple content types, ranging from publications to grants, clinical trials, patents, and policy documents. The linking of all these data enables you to view the items returned in context, gain new insights from complex analytics, and trace the relationships between your results; for example, review the funders or grants behind a publication, or identify where published research led to a patent or a mention in a policy document.
Dimensions delivers an array of search and discovery, analytical, and research management tools, all in a single platform. Alongside the free access module for individual researchers, there are unique product versions (Dimensions Analytics and Dimensions Plus), each designed to support the research community groups they serve. We have also developed APIs that interrogate the rich and networked data.
At Digital Science, we focus on aggregating, improving, de-siloing and linking the Dimensions data as effectively as possible. However, from the early days of Dimensions, it has always been our position that the metrics and indicators used to assess the impact of research and future funding, should be owned by the research community, not a vendor. That is why we actively encourage the bibliometric research community to draw on our rich data set and platform. Our hope is that these resources will fuel innovative methods to assess the impact and management of research in research organizations.