nanoHUB.org is a community web site that offers “online simulation and more” services to over 90,000 users annually free of charge. Over 150 simulation tools are available and over 1,600 other content items ranging from research seminars to complete nanotechnology classes are hosted on the nanoHUB. At this we believe that there is no other scientific gateway which hosts as many content items to as many users.
Impact on research is often measured by the number of publications in the scientific literature. The nanoHUB support team has identified 430 citations to nanoHUB.org and/or nanoHUB tools and seminars in the time frame leading up to May 2008 the 430 citations in the scientific literature. 52% of these papers are authored by persons outside of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) which created and hosts nanoHUB.org. Social network of usage and collaboration are developing and documented in social network maps. nanoHUB.org can show usage on nanoHUB and subsequent publications and several testimonials of research use are given. Use by experimentalists can be demonstrated through publications and through testimonials.
The nanoHUB.org impact metrics are also developing into a powerful incentive system for faculty who deploy their simulation tools and lectures on nanoHUB. The impacts can be measures in terms of usage, users, and citations
Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy