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On “The Value of Values” Workshop, Part 1

During the 2016 TriangleSCI, the HuMetricsHSS team spent a lot of time making lists. Lists of scholarly objects, large and small. Articles, books, syllabi, annotations, editions, committee minutes, e-mails, and blog posts. We even grappled with how to represent the “object” that comes out of […]

HuMetricsHSS: Can (Should) We Develop Humane Metrics for the Humanities?

This post was originally written by Adriel Trott, Associate Professor in Philosophy at Wabash College and participant in the HuMetricsHSS “The Value of Values” (#hssvalues) workshop. It reflects her experiences of the event. We’ve cross-posted this from Adriel’s blog, with her permission. I just got back […]

Transforming Research 2017: Can an exploration of values move research evaluation practices forward?

Transforming Research 2017: Can an exploration of values move research evaluation practices forward?

Last week, the inaugural Transforming Research conference took place in Baltimore, MD. This meeting was unique in its ability to bring together researchers, administrators, librarians, funders, and vendors to talk about the current evaluation climate and brainstorm solutions for improving collective practices. Immediately, the theme […]

On Living Our Values While Under Stress (and Preparing for Workshop One)

On Living Our Values While Under Stress (and Preparing for Workshop One)

The real work of the HuMetricsHSS initiative begins in Michigan this week, when an insightful group of thinkers—faculty members of all ranks, teaching in any number of HSS disciplines at all kinds of institutions, along with administrators, graduate students, university publishers, and librarians—has agreed to come together to rip apart, interrogate, and rebuild that values framework, to come to a consensus on the values we share as a larger group.

HuMetricsHSS at LIBER2017: Meeting the European Research Library Community

HuMetricsHSS at LIBER2017: Meeting the European Research Library Community

I had the opportunity to present the HuMetricsHSS projects to the European research library community at LIBER2017, the 46th LIBER Annual Conference, which happened in Patras, Greece, in July.

IFLA WLIC 2017: Exploring Values-Based (Alt)Metrics to Enhance Library Services

IFLA WLIC 2017: Exploring Values-Based (Alt)Metrics to Enhance Library Services

In August, I shared the HuMetricsHSS project with an international cross-section of librarians at the IFLA World Libraries Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland. In this post, I’ve adapted a portion of my talk. You can download the related conference paper that explores these ideas in-depth […]

If you’re wondering if the HumetricsHSS workshop is for you, the answer is yes!

If you’re wondering if the HumetricsHSS workshop is for you, the answer is yes!

This October, the HuMetricsHSS team is excited to bring together a diverse group of scholars, teachers, administrators, and students from a wide range of institutions for a topic that we believe will transform academia. Over the course of a two-day workshop, we’ll interrogate, brainstorm, break apart, […]

Triangle and Beyond

When we first introduced the work of the HuMetrics group to the other TriangleSCI teams last October, we met with some resistance. Much like peer groups in the run-up to an election, we had become used to having our own ideas reflected and amplified internally. […]

The Syllabus as HuMetrics Case Study

The Syllabus as HuMetrics Case Study

Current metrics of humanities scholarship have been shown to be too blunt to capture the multiple dimensions of scholarly output and impact (see Haustein and Larivière). In addition, the inappropriate nature of current indicators can incentivize perverse scholarly practices (see The Metric Tide, Wilsdon et al.)…. In […]

The Syllabus as Scholarship

The Syllabus as Scholarship

“A critical component of our emerging #Humetrics conversation at Triangle SCI involves finding ways to expose, highlight, and recognize the important scholarship that goes into the all-too-hidden work of peer review, syllabus development, conference organizing, mentoring, etc. Our current metrics fail to capture what is […]

Nurturing Fulfilling Scholarly Lives

Nurturing Fulfilling Scholarly Lives

In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, there is a famous passage in which he reminds us that “to be happy takes a complete lifetime; for one swallow does not make a spring, nor does one fine day; and similarly one day or a brief period of happiness […]

Changing Behavior by Changing Incentives

Changing Behavior by Changing Incentives

It’s our last day at Triangle SCI, and I’ve been contemplating overnight the feedback the #HuMetrics team got yesterday afternoon from our colleagues. In our presentation of what we’ve been doing this week, we attempted to sketch out, using the activity of mentoring, how actions […]

The Excellences of Scholarship: Collegiality

The Excellences of Scholarship: Collegiality

We began the day with a walk. The morning was cool and fresh, and the grounds around the DuBoise House at the Rizzo Center offered the six of us on the #HuMetrics team at the TriangleSCI the peace and space we needed to think out […]

On Quality

On Quality

Today is the second full day of the Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute, where I am part of a team that’s focusing on HuMetrics: Building Humane Metrics for the Humanities. We have each agreed to quickly blog some thoughts as part of our process; warning: what […]

Community as a Humanistic Value

Community as a Humanistic Value

Today is the Day Two of the Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute, where I’m heading up a team that’s focusing on HuMetrics: Building Humane Metrics for the Humanities. Our team has focused a lot on the importance of working out loud, of process over product, and […]

On Openness

On Openness

Second day at #TriangleSCI with the #HuMetrics team. Today we focused on clustering our values into major value-categories (Equity, Openness, Collegiality, Quality, and Community) with the idea that excellence in scholarship is an expression and combination of these value-categories as they are embodied in scholarly […]

Equity as a Core Value

Equity as a Core Value

We’ve just completed Day 2 at #TriangleSCI, and more hard (but good) work is now behind the #HuMetrics team. Today we took our huge brainstorming list from yesterday and distilled the values we believe should underpin the development of “humane metrics.” We came up with […]

Influence vs. Impact: Which Are Humanists Really Trying to Achieve?

Influence vs. Impact: Which Are Humanists Really Trying to Achieve?

Apologies for the false dichotomy I’ve set up by my framing of this post in its title as “impact versus influence.” It’s a result of the quickblogging process, one that Christopher Long, Rebecca Kennison, Nicky Agate, Simone Sacchi, Jason Rhody, and I agreed upon as […]

Scales of Measurement and the Public Good

Scales of Measurement and the Public Good

Today is the first day of the Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute, where I am part of a team that’s focusing on HuMetrics: Building Humane Metrics for the Humanities. We have each agreed to quickly blog some thoughts as part of our process; warning: what follows […]

The Value of Openness

The Value of Openness

Day 1 of the Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute is underway, and our HuMetrics: Building Humane Metrics for the Humanities team (Nicky Agate, Simone Sacchi, Christopher Long, Stacy Konkiel, Jason Rhody, and me) is already hard at work. We began by putting aside (for the moment) […]