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15:45
7th Jun 2017


Room: Room 3B

The Metric Tide report made specific recommendations around the responsible use of quantitative research indicators by institutions, research managers and administrators, funders, data suppliers and academics. In this session a Panel of expert stakeholders will talk about how far we’ve come in terms of the responsible use of metrics, and what our next steps should be. The speakers are: * Dr Ben Johnson, Policy Advisor (HEFCE) and Secretary to the newly formed Forum for Responsible Metrics. Ben will be talking about what it means to do metrics responsibly and how the new Forum should help Research Managers and Administrators to achieve this * Dr Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services at the University of Kent, and one of the authors of The Metric Tide report Simon will give his perspective on how far The Metric Tide report’s recommendations have been adopted by the community and whether it’s impact will be felt in the REF *Prof Alan Dix, Professor of human–computer interaction at the University of Birmingham, and REF 2014 Panel Member Having performed some interesting analysis on output scores and citation indicators for UoA11 post REF-2014, Alan will talk about whether and how metrics might be used responsibly in the REF from an academic and Panel member’s perspective * Chris James, Product Manager, Research Metrics, Elsevier Chris will discuss the supplier’s role in ensuring metrics are used responsibly, including the development of new metrics and engaging with the community After presentations from the panel we should be in for a lively discussion about responsible practices as we move into the next REF period.

Key Learning Points:

  • Explore what responsible metrics means in practice.
  • Learn how stakeholders have responded to calls to do metrics responsibly.
  • Discuss whether and how metrics might be responsibly used in the REF.

Presented By:

Elizabeth GaddLoughborough University
Dr Ben JohnsonHEFCE
Professor Alan DixUniversity of Birmingham
Dr Nicola MeenanUniversity of York
Chris JamesElsevier
Simon KerridgeUniversity of Kent

Additional Information:

Theme: Policy and Governance, SIG
Level: Operational / Administration
Time: 15:45
Date: 7th Jun 2017
Room: Room 3B

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