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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: rankings, bibliometry and higher education in the 21st century

Quantitative measures of academic performance are playing an ever more important role in every day’s academic life. Numerical indicators are key ingredients of the “reputation race” exemplified by rankings of institutions, journals and researchers. In an era of budget cuts, institutions and individuals must also resort to quantitative indicators in order to prove “accountable” and justify their cost to the public. This may involve an excessive increase of bureaucratic burdens to the point of harming the overall efficiency of teaching and research. Moreover, the question arises whether scientific productivity of scholars can be quantitatively and accurately measured by means of individual bibliometry. In some countries, there is a clear trend towards the normative adoption of bibliometric indicators at all levels, ranging from national research assessments to decisions regarding individuals, such as hiring and promotion. Is this feasible? What are the caveats and ethical risks? What has the scientometric literature to say and what are the international experiences? After the fall of ebony towers are we doomed to a bureaucratic and bibliometric deluge?

 

Giuseppe De Nicolao,  Harassing with Numbers: the Uses and Abuses of Bureaucracy and Bibliometry, 13th European Control Conference, Lunch Session – Friday, June 27, 2014.

Slides of the presentation
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2 Comments

  1. Viva il professor Keating! 🙂
    E poi… che dire, quella canzone è perfetta, pare fatta apposta:

    “Get ready ‘cause I’ve had enough
    I see it all, I see it now

    You’re gonna hear me ROAR”

    http://th06.deviantart.net/fs70/200H/f/2013/224/d/f/roar_katy_perry_by_neverstopbelieve-d6hs2bh.png

  2. Giuseppe De Nicolao says:

    È vero, la canzone sembra scritta apposta 🙂 (l’avevamo già usata in occasione dei 5 milioni di visite al sito: https://www.roars.it/online/tag/roars-5-milioni-di-visite/)
    ================

    ROAR

    I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
    Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
    So I sat quietly, agreed politely
    I guess that I forgot I had a choice
    I let you push me past the breaking point
    I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

    You held me down, but I got up
    Already brushing off the dust
    You hear my voice, you hear that sound
    Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
    You held me down, but I got up
    Get ready cause I’ve had enough
    I see it all, I see it now

    I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
    Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
    Louder, louder than a lion
    Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    You’re gonna hear me roar

    Now I’m floating like a butterfly
    Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
    I went from zero, to my own hero

    You held me down, but I got up
    Already brushing off the dust
    You hear my voice, you hear that sound
    Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
    You held me down, but I got up
    Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
    I see it all, I see it now

    I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
    ‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
    Louder, louder than a lion
    ‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    You’re gonna hear me roar
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    You’ll hear me ROAR
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    You’re gonna hear me ROAR

    Roar-or, roar-or, roar-or, roar-or, roar-or

    I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
    ‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
    Louder, louder than a lion
    ‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    You’re gonna hear me ROAR
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    You’ll hear me ROAR
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    You’re gonna hear me ROAR

Sostieni ROARS

Sostieni ROARS