[Sigmetrics] Indexing interdisciplinarity

Jonathan Adams j.adams at digital-science.com
Wed Dec 7 09:30:14 EST 2016

Dear colleagues

Our latest Digital Research Report, on methods used to index
interdisciplinarity, is now available:

The objective of the study (for Research Councils UK) behind this report
was to compare the consistency of indicators of ‘interdisciplinarity’, and
to identify a preferred methodology. The outcome was a diverse set of
results that proved seriously inconsistent.

This raises questions about how interdisciplinarity is identified and
assessed, and reveals a gap between research metadata and research
activity. The results highlight issues around the responsible use of
‘metrics’ and the importance of knowing whether quantitative proxy
indicators address the assumed target.

Sincere regards,

Dr Jonathan Adams
Chief Scientist, Digital Science
Visiting Professor, King's College London

M/ +44 7964 908449
E/ j.adams at digital-science.com

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P.S. Our Digital Research Yearbook includes a wealth of data on funding
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