[IRTalk] Impact of Social Sciences – Getting our hands dirty: why academics should design metrics and address the lack of transparency.

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Apr 13 11:39:30 SAST 2016

Metrics in academia are often an opaque mess, filled with biases and
ill-judged assumptions that are used in overly deterministic ways. By
getting involved with their design, academics can productively push metrics
in a more transparent direction. Chris Elsden, Sebastian Mellor and Rob
Comber introduce an example of designing metrics within their own
institution. Using the metric of grant income, their tool ResViz shows a
chord diagram of academic collaboration and aims to encourage a
multiplicity of interpretations.

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