Rethinking humane indicators of excellence in the humanities and social sciences

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July 2017

Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities

July 7, 2017 @ 10:45 am - 12:25 pm
University of Antwerp – Campus Middelheim, Middelheimlaan 1
Antwerpen, 2020 Belgium
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This paper, based on the work of the HuMetricsHSS initiative, proposes a fundamental change in how approaches to research evaluation in the humanities and social sciences are built. The paper calls for a holistic, values-based evaluation paradigm, one that uses metrics only to measure a scholar’s progress towards embodying five values that initial research suggests are central to all humanistic and social science disciplines:

  • Collegiality, which can be described as the professional practices of kindness, generosity, and empathy towards other scholars and oneself;
  • Quality, a value that that demonstrates one’s originality, willingness to push boundaries, methodological soundness, and the advancement of knowledge both within one’s own discipline and amongst other disciplines and the general public, as well;
  • Equity, or the willingness to undertake study with social justice, equitable access to research, and the public good in mind;
  • Openness, which includes a researcher’s transparency, candor, and accountability, in addition to the practice of making one’s research open access at all stages; and
  • Community, the value of being engaged in one’s community of practice and with the public at large, and also leadership.
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August 2017

IFLA World Library and Information Congress

August 20, 2017 @ 1:45 pm - 3:35 pm
Centennial Hall, Wystawowa 1
Wrocław, 51-618 Poland
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This presentation will describe the HuMetricsHSS initiative, which calls for a major shift towards a values-based evaluation paradigm in academia and, by extension, academic libraries. HuMetricsHSS proposes that metrics only be used to measure a one’s progress towards embodying five values that initial research suggests are central to all humanistic and social science disciplines:

  • Collegiality, which can be described as the professional practices of kindness, generosity, and empathy towards other scholars and oneself;
  • Quality, a value that that demonstrates one’s originality, willingness to push boundaries, methodological soundness, and the advancement of knowledge both within one’s own discipline and amongst other disciplines and the general public, as well;
  • Equity, or the willingness to undertake study with social justice, equitable access to research, and the public good in mind;
  • Openness, which includes a researcher’s transparency, candor, and accountability, in addition to the practice of making one’s research open access at all stages; and
  • Community, the value of being engaged in one’s community of practice and with the public at large, and also leadership.

This presentation will explore these values and their potential application to academic library services. How might “equity” be embodied in the context of collection management? Should “openness” be a prerequisite for supporting journals? Might new conceptions of “quality” better guide our services offered to faculty and students? Both traditional metrics' (i.e., bibliometrics) and altmetrics’ applicability for these purposes are explored.

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September 2017

4th Annual Altmetrics Conference (4:AM)

September 26, 2017 - September 29, 2017
Ryerson University George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, 245 Church Street
Toronto, Canada
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HuMetricsHSS: exploring the potential for altmetrics as value-based indicators Presenter: Rebecca Kennison This presentation will introduce the HuMetricsHSS (Humane Metrics in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)) initiative, which aims to develop and support values-based research indicators in the humanities and social sciences. Because researchers’…

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October 2017

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HuMetricsHSS Workshop: The Value of Values

October 5, 2017 - October 7, 2017
Michigan State University, 220 Trowbridge Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
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This 2.5-day intensive workshop at Michigan State University will bring approximately 25 humanities and social science (HSS) scholars and administrators at all levels and from all types of institutions into conversation with each other and with the project team. Working groups will focus on each of the proposed five values (Equity, Openness, Collegiality, Quality, Community) as they might relate to practices in academic HSS disciplines; the intention is not simply to reaffirm the values of the framework, but to interrogate, challenge, and revise them.

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Transforming the research portfolio for greater impact: methodologies, metrics, and meaning

October 12, 2017 @ 8:00 am - October 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore, MD United States + Google Map
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The HuMetricsHSS initiative shifted the conversation at Transforming Research from "What can we measure?" to "What should we measure, based on our values?"

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“Changing Assessment Culture in the Humanities and Social Sciences: the HuMetricsHSS initiative” a workshop at FORCE2017

October 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Kalkscheune, Berlin, Germany, Johannisstr. 2
Berlin, Germany
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The HuMetricsHSS initiative will join the FORCE2017 conference with a workshop on "Changing Assessment Culture in the Humanities and Social Sciences" organized by Nicky Agate and Simone Sacchi. Workshop description For too long, humanists and social scientists have been allergic to metrics. This has prevented…

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November 2017

HASTAC 2017

November 3, 2017 - November 4, 2017
UCF Campus Orlando, FL United States

Hacking evaluation: towards values-based professional advancement practices for the digital humanities Presenter: Stacy Konkiel Digital humanities scholars face a hard, continued socio-technical problem: though the results of their research are often web-native, interactive, and iterative (think: websites, exhibits, datasets, and more), their careers are often…

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February 2018

Public Philosophy Network: Evaluating Public Philosophy at Academic Scholarship

February 8 - February 10
Hilton Garden Inn Boulder, CO, 2701 Canyon Blvd
Boulder, CO 80302 United States
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This workshop addresses basic questions important for public philosophy: How will that work be received by academic peers, and what can one do to increase the chances that it will evaluated fairly? The session will begin with presentations from three key perspectives. Christopher P. Long,…

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Humane Metrics and the Value of Values EBSCO Sponsored Meeting at ALA Mid-winter ALA Meeting

February 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This presentation will describe the HuMetricsHSS initiative, which calls for a major shift towards a values-based evaluation paradigm in academia and, by extension, academic libraries. HuMetricsHSS proposes that a transformation of the practices of scholarship is only possible if the metrics by which we measure…

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March 2018

HuMetricsHSS Workshop: Valuing the Syllabus as Scholarship

March 1 - March 2
Michigan State University, 220 Trowbridge Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
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A goal of the HuMetricsHSS research project is to understand and promote a more holistic and accurate means of evaluating scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences, including the work of doing research, teaching, and mentoring. HuMetricsHSS is creating use cases for applying values-based…

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