Rethinking humane indicators of excellence in the humanities and social sciences

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HuMetricsHSS Workshop: The Value of Values

HuMetricsHSS Workshop: The Value of Values

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.

IFLA World Library and Information Congress

IFLA World Library and Information Congress

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.

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, add to, and thoroughly revise a proposed set of values to create the beginnings of a framework for assessing a more holistic, accurate interpretation of scholarly “excellence.”

The HuMetricsHSS initiative is based on the idea that humanists and social scientists should not content ourselves with existing, faulty evaluation metrics that are based on what’s easy to measure (citations, grant dollars awarded, Twitter mentions, etc.) rather than what’s important to measure (influence, quality, collaboration, etc). Instead, we believe that it’s important to think about what kind of values matter to those of us working in humanities and social science fields — our collective ethos, as it were — and to develop a flexible metrics framework that rewards work that embodies those values. See this post for an example of how this idea might apply to a typical scholarly object: the syllabus.

But we face a major challenge. We are all too aware that our team of six alone cannot give voice to the shared values of a huge and diverse community. That’s where you come in.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we’re now able to ask students, deans, tenure-line faculty, contingent lecturers, alt-acs, Ph.D. candidates, department heads, and others working in HSS departments at any higher educational institution to apply to help us articulate the shared values of a more equitable and, frankly, excellent academy in East Lansing, Michigan, on October 5-7, 2017. We’ll be joined by workshop facilitators Dr. Cameron Neylon (Curtin University) and Dr. Stefanie Haustein (University of Ottawa).

Travel is covered, so if you care about bettering evaluation practices in the humanities and social sciences, please apply to join the workshop by midnight on August 6 by filling out this easy form.

Questions? Drop us a line at humetricshss@gmail.com!

Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities

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.
46th LIBER Annual Conference

46th LIBER Annual Conference

This presentation will introduce the HuMetricsHSS (Humane Metrics in the Humanities and Social Sciences) initiative, which aims to develop and support a values-based framework of indicators for excellence for the humanities and social science in academia and, by extension, academic libraries.

American Library Association Annual Conference

American Library Association Annual Conference

Session: Impactful Partnerships: Navigating the Evolving Scholarly Communication Landscape with Faculty

Presenter: Nicky Agate

Transformations in the scholarly communication landscape show no sign of abating. For this program, panelists focus on cutting-edge trends for tracking scholarly output: metrics, altmetrics, bibliometrics, and digital identity. This panel of altmetrics experts discuss the pros and cons of using metrics for ranking as well as how these technological solutions optimize discoverability of scholarly publications. Attendees will gain new insight into scholarly communication practices that will reinvigorate their partnerships with faculty.

 

First Day at #TriangleSCI Working with the #HuMetrics Team

First Day at #TriangleSCI Working with the #HuMetrics Team

First day at #TriangleSCI working with the #HuMetrics team. It is quite amazing what can happen when you put together in a room people from faculty administration, granting agencies, and societies with scholarly communication, information science, and metrics experts  —  without the constraints of their […]

Enriching vs. Corrosive Values in Academia

Enriching vs. Corrosive Values in Academia

As part of the TriangleSCI HuMetrics working group, I spent the better part of this afternoon brainstorming and debating academic values, products, processes, and metrics in an attempt to lay a foundation for this week’s attempt at articulating “humane metrics” for the humanities. As our […]