The Metric Tide

Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management
Author: James Wilsdon
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473978750
Category: Social Science
Page: 192
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‘Represents the culmination of an 18-month-long project that aims to be the definitive review of this important topic. Accompanied by a scholarly literature review, some new analysis, and a wealth of evidence and insight... the report is a tour de force; a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take stock.’ – Dr Steven Hill, Head of Policy, HEFCE, LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog ‘A must-read if you are interested in having a deeper understanding of research culture, management issues and the range of information we have on this field. It should be disseminated and discussed within institutions, disciplines and other sites of research collaboration.’ – Dr Meera Sabaratnam, Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog Metrics evoke a mixed reaction from the research community. A commitment to using data and evidence to inform decisions makes many of us sympathetic, even enthusiastic, about the prospect of granular, real-time analysis of our own activities. Yet we only have to look around us at the blunt use of metrics to be reminded of the pitfalls. Metrics hold real power: they are constitutive of values, identities and livelihoods. How to exercise that power to positive ends is the focus of this book. Using extensive evidence-gathering, analysis and consultation, the authors take a thorough look at potential uses and limitations of research metrics and indicators. They explore the use of metrics across different disciplines, assess their potential contribution to the development of research excellence and impact and consider the changing ways in which universities are using quantitative indicators in their management systems. Finally, they consider the negative or unintended effects of metrics on various aspects of research culture. Including an updated introduction from James Wilsdon, the book proposes a framework for responsible metrics and makes a series of targeted recommendations to show how responsible metrics can be applied in research management, by funders, and in the next cycle of the Research Excellence Framework. The metric tide is certainly rising. Unlike King Canute, we have the agency and opportunity – and in this book, a serious body of evidence – to influence how it washes through higher education and research.

Higher Education Strategy and Planning

A Professional Guide
Author: Tony Strike
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1351797077
Page: N.A
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Higher Education Strategy and Planning draws together a team of expert contributors from across the sector to offer contemporary descriptions of practice in Higher Education and critical reflections on that practice. Many of the tools and techniques transcend the particular national system within which they are situated and therefore have global relevance for all those interested in strategy and planning in Higher Education. Containing chapters on each of the major functions or capabilities of strategic planners, critiques of global policy trends, framework examples and explanations of the main league tables both in the UK and globally, the book is divided into five main parts: - Context and Positioning; - Integrated Planning; - Centrality, Co-ordination and Connection; - Analytical Capacity and Capability; - Insight and Information. This text offers a contemporary representation of strategic planning and will be an indispensable guide for all those who work in or study Higher Education, particularly aimed at those who work in strategy, planning and leadership roles.

Handbuch Wissenschaftspolitik

Author: Dagmar Simon,Andreas Knie,Stefan Hornbostel,Karin Zimmermann
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658054557
Category: Political Science
Page: 641
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Das deutsche Wissenschaftssystem befindet sich in einem langfristigen, inkrementellen Wandlungsprozess und hat nach wie vor viele Baustellen, so dass es lohnt, den Fortgang der Arbeiten weiterhin kritisch zu begleiten. Genügend Gründe, die 2010 erschienenen Beiträge einer Revision zu unterziehen und in einer zweiten, umfassend bearbeiteten Auflage zusammen mit neuen Artikeln erneut zur Diskussion zu stellen. Mit der Gesamtschau wird ein systemischer Blick auf die Wissenschaftspolitik geworfen: es zeigt sich der Trend einer wichtiger werdenden Rolle der Politik für die Wissenschaft.

Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Communication

Author: Kevin L. Smith,Katherine A. Dickson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442275049
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 340
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This volume, the second of two in the series Creating the 21st-Century Academic Library that deals with the topic of open access in academic libraries, focuses on the implementation of open access in academic libraries. Chapters on the legalities and practicalities of open access in academic libraries address the issues associated with copyright, licensing, and intellectual property and include support for courses that require open access distribution of student work. The topic of library services in support of open access is explored, including the library’s role in providing open educational resources, and as an ally and driver of their adoption, for example, by helping defray author fees that are required for open access articles. A detailed look at open access in the context of undergraduate research is provided and considers how librarians can engage undergraduates in conversations about open access. Chapters consider ways to engage undergraduate students in the use, understanding, evaluation, and creation of open access resources. Issues that are of concern to graduate students are also given some attention and central to these are the development of Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) programs. A chapter examines the library’s role in balancing greater access to graduate student work with the consequences of openness, such as concerns about book contracts and sales, plagiarism, and changes in scholarly research and production. The book concludes with issues surrounding open data and library services in critical data librarianship, including advocacy, preservation, and instruction. It is hoped that this volume, and the series in general, will be a valuable and exciting addition to the discussions and planning surrounding the future directions, services, and careers in the 21st-century academic library.

Information on the metric system and related fields

Author: Ernst Lange,United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration,George C. Marshall Space Flight Center
Publisher: N.A
Category: Science
Page: 629
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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Magazine
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Publisher: N.A
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