Must Metrics Serve the Audit Society? Addressing Marketization in Open Access Publishing and Humanities Analytics

Event Date: 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Ingenio (CSIC-UPV)
  • Valencia
  • Spain
  • Room 1
  • Talk

Conference Title: International Science and Technology Indicators Conference

Session 2.1: Resource distribution and research contents

This conference aims to stimulate reflection on the challenges posed to S&T indicator development and use in geographical, cognitive or social spaces that are peripheral or marginal to the centres of economic, scientific or technological activity. The focus is also on emerging areas of research and innovation that are inadequately described by existing, quantitative or qualitative indicators.

We propose to identify, describe and analyse the problems that emerge in situations and spaces where indicators are used beyond their scope of validity. The conference aims to offer an international platform to propose, and discuss, alternative approaches and indicators.

The conference will consider both weak (technical) and strong (socio-political) notions of periphery. The weak notion understands peripheries as areas that are not adequately covered or targeted by current indicators. The main concern here is the existence of indicator biases; the challenge lies in developing approaches and indicators that provide a more accurate or valid representation of science, technology and innovation activities.  [read more]