DMers Volunteer: Delivering Gardens to Milwaukee Residents

DMers Volunteer: Delivering Gardens to Milwaukee Residents

DMers Volunteer: Delivering Gardens to Milwaukee ResidentsWe recently rolled up our sleeves, grabbed shovels and joined the Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz. The Victory Garden Initiative dispatches teams of volunteers to build raised-bed gardens for Milwaukee residents so they can grow nutritious food in their own neighborhoods. During the May blitz, the Victory Garden Initiative builds the 4’x8’ frames at each garden site and delivers organic soil so garden recipients can begin planting.

For DMers, it’s a chance to shift gears, get outdoors and give back to our Milwaukee neighbors. “It’s great team building for a great cause,” said Tim Bandt, Chief Sales Officer. Continue reading “DMers Volunteer: Delivering Gardens to Milwaukee Residents”

User Group 2017: Share Your Story

User Group 2017: Share Your Story

2016 user group presenterGreat stories empower and inspire us, so they need to be shared! Which is why we’re excited to announce the theme for this year’s Digital Measures User Group 2017: Share Your Story. Whether you’ve done something innovative to achieve your university’s strategic objectives or used Activity Insight to measure the impact of your faculty and university, we want to hear your story—and help you tell it.

User Group 2017 is October 8-10 in Milwaukee. You can register here. Continue reading “User Group 2017: Share Your Story”

Web of Science Data Integration Partnership

Web of Science Data Integration Partnership Announced

For most universities, keeping faculty activity and profiles up to date is a time-consuming data entry exercise. Reducing data entry for faculty is a strategic priority for Digital Measures, so we’re pleased to announce a new partnership with Clarivate Analytics to integrate Web of Science data into Activity Insight.

Our partnership with Web of Science marks our third data integration partnership of 2017,  following Crossref and Scopus, providing our clients with access to more than 1.1 billion citations.  Continue reading “Web of Science Data Integration Partnership Announced”

Digital Measures Turns 18!

Digital Measures Turns 18!

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Our new office, as of May 3.

Reaching the official age of adulthood is a big milestone, and on Digital Measures 18th birthday, we have a lot to celebrate—from experience and expertise we gained through serving hundreds of universities to growing from a one-person entrepreneurial effort to a company with 60+ DMers. We’re also fortunate to have a bright future, from rolling out new features to moving into our new, larger headquarters later this summer. Here are some of the highlights we’re celebrating today. Continue reading “Digital Measures Turns 18!”

DMer Sabbatical: Engineer Writes New Quality Assurance Testing Framework

DMer Sabbatical: Engineer Writes New Quality Assurance Testing Framework

Penny Curich, Quality Assurance EngineerSabbaticals are common practice in the academic world, but just 5 percent of companies provide paid sabbaticals, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2015 Employee Benefits Survey. At Digital Measures, we’re among the fortunate few, with a paid month-long sabbatical for every seven years of service. When Penny Curich, Quality Assurance Engineer, passed her seventh anniversary as a DMer, she set out to design a project for her sabbatical.

After considering several topics of interest to her, Curich developed a plan and took her sabbatical in April. During her month away, Curich authored software designed to make quality assurance testing more efficient. She recently shared her insights on planning and managing a sabbatical. Continue reading “DMer Sabbatical: Engineer Writes New Quality Assurance Testing Framework”

Scopus Data Integration Partnership—More Data, Less Data Entry

Scopus Data Integration Partnership—More Data, Less Data Entry

Making data entry easier for Activity Insight users is a strategic imperative at Digital Measures. So we’re pleased to announce a new data integration partnership with Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.

With more than 60 million records, Scopus comprises a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Continue reading “Scopus Data Integration Partnership—More Data, Less Data Entry”

What Data Can and Can't Do For Your University, Part 3

What Data Can and Can’t Do For Your University, Part 3

Data, and the ability to analyze and report on it, can transform universities. But in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mark Salisbury, assistant dean and director of institutional research and assessment at Augustana College in Illinois, noted that “[d]espite all the cheerleading that seems to have accompanied big data’s arrival on campus, its promise to transform higher education continues to surge well ahead of its supporting evidence.” So what can and can’t data do for your university? To answer that question, we’ll explore how you can use information from your data solution to transform your institution. We’ll also discuss your role in ensuring that your data solution delivers on its potential benefits at your university. This is the third post in a series—previous posts dove into other benefits of a data solution, including increased efficiency, easier accreditation and other reporting, improved data quality and measuring impact. Continue reading “What Data Can and Can’t Do For Your University, Part 3”

Client Customizations Inspire AACSB Reporting Innovations

Client Customizations Inspire AACSB Reporting Innovations

Complex faculty activity reporting (FAR) challenges require smart customizations to your FAR solution. Customization is part of the Activity Insight promise because it’s critical to achieving success for your university’s particular data collection and reporting requirements. It’s also an opportunity for Digital Measures to identify common needs and create best of breed reporting to meet them. That’s how we developed our suite of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation reports for Activity Insight, including the newest addition, the AACSB Required Fields Audit Report. Continue reading “Client Customizations Inspire AACSB Reporting Innovations”

What Data Can and Can't Do For Your University, Part 2

What Data Can and Can’t Do For Your University, Part 2

Data and reporting capabilities are essential for higher education as universities grapple with the challenges of changing public expectations, increasing accountability to multiple stakeholders, uncertainty surrounding funding and ensuring that the education students receive prepares them to be future thinkers, workers and citizens. But in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mark Salisbury, assistant dean and director of institutional research and assessment at Augustana College in Illinois, noted that “[d]espite all the cheerleading that seems to have accompanied big data’s arrival on campus, its promise to transform higher education continues to surge well ahead of its supporting evidence.” So what can and can’t data do for your university? Continue reading “What Data Can and Can’t Do For Your University, Part 2”

DMers Volunteer: Taking the Call for Radio Milwaukee

DMers Volunteer: Taking the Call for Radio Milwaukee

DMers Volunteer: Taking the Call for Radio MilwaukeeMilwaukee has been Digital Measures headquarters from day one and we appreciate the things that make our hometown special. That’s why DMers were eager to take the call for independent, commercial-free 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, answering phones for the station’s annual Spring Fund Drive. Continue reading “DMers Volunteer: Taking the Call for Radio Milwaukee”