Asura Enkhbayar is an Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies PhD student and data scientist at the ScholCommLab working under the supervision of Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin. He is interested in critically exploring the infrastructure of scholarly communication in the 21st century at the intersection of philosophy and technology. Following an undergraduate degree in electronics, Asura studied cognitive science and the philosophy of mind. His previous studies equipped him with the skills needed to tackle a mediatized and data-intense domain, while acknowledging the need for more qualitative work and a solid theoretical foundation. His doctoral research aims to investigate the role and impact of open infrastructure—as in the case of traditional and new research metrics, citation indices, or open access initiatives—in scholarly communication.

In his role as a data scientist he is working on a wide variety of issues related to his doctoral research, including empirical projects focusing on altmetrics, open access, and open science. Apart from collecting and analysing data, he also writes terrible research software, as expected of a proper data scientist.

Asura remains an advocate for open scholarship, contributes to Open Knowledge Maps and, most importantly, played the main role of Yu in the martial arts short-film The Dojo Part II (watch the trailer on Vimeo). You can find him on Twitter and Github.

Select Publications

Kraker, P., Enkhbayar, A., & Lex, E. (2015). Exploring coverage and distribution of identifiers on the scholarly web. In 14th International Symposium of Information Science (ISI 2015). Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/abs/1503.05096
Kraker, P., Kittel, C., & Enkhbayar, A. (2016). Open Knowledge Maps: Creating a visual interface to the world’s scientific knowledge based on natural language processing. 027.7 Zeitschrift Für Bibliothekskultur / Journal for Library Culture, 4(2), 98–103. https://doi.org/10/gdh8bw
Kraker, P., Dörler, D., Ferus, A., Gutounig, R., Heigl, F., Kaier, C., … Wandl-Vogt, E. (2016). The Vienna Principles : A vision for scholarly communication in the 21st Century, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.55597
Maggio, L., Ratcliff, C., Krakow, M., Moorhead, L., Enkhbayar, A., & Alperin, J. P. (2018). Making headlines: An analysis of US government-funded cancer research mentioned in online media. BMJ Open.
Enkhbayar, A., & Alperin, J. P. (2018). Challenges of capturing engagement on Facebook for Altmetrics. In STI 2018 Conference Proceedings (pp. 1460–1469). Leiden: Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS). Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/abs/1809.01194
Maggio, L. A., Ratcliff, C. L., Krakow, M., Moorhead, L. L., Enkhbayar, A., & Alperin, J. P. (2019). Making headlines: an analysis of US government-funded cancer research mentioned in online media. BMJ Open, 9(2), e025783. https://doi.org/10/gf8rs3