The application of the CERIF data format to Snowball metrics

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Clements, A., Joerg, B., Lingjærde, G., Chudlarský, T. and Colledge, L. 2014. The application of the CERIF data format to Snowball metrics. Jeffery, K., Clements, A., de Castro, P. and Luzi, D. (ed.) CRIS 2014. Rome, Italy 13 - 15 May 2014 Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2014.06.047
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TitleThe application of the CERIF data format to Snowball metrics
AuthorsClements, A., Joerg, B., Lingjærde, G., Chudlarský, T. and Colledge, L.
Abstract

The euroCRIS Indicators Task Group aims to develop and share best practice in the use of indicators to support research information management. One of the outputs of the group will be indicators expressed in CERIF that can re-used by CERIF-compliant software services to support consistent measurements for both national and international purposes.
This Task Group will express multiple sets of indicators in CERIF, with Snowball Metrics being the first set to be tackled. The goal of the Snowball Metrics initiative is for research-intensive institutions to share their knowledge and experiences to agree best practice in evidence-based institutional strategic planning. Agreed and tested metrics “recipes”, or methodologies, are shared free of charge with the sector in the Snowball Metrics Recipe Book (www.snowballmetrics.com/metrics)1 for use by any organization, whether for public service or commercial purposes.
One of the principles of Snowball Metrics is that they are system-agnostic: in other words, that although particular types of data are needed to support their calculation, the data can come from any relevant source such that the recipes are not tied to any one particular system or supplier of research information. The application of the CERIF data standard to the recipes is an important component in enabling benchmarking between institutions in a system-agnostic manner through the exchange of Snowball Metrics.
CERIFication of Snowball Metrics is also expected to facilitate the endorsement of these recipes as global standards. The first set of recipes was agreed and tested by a group of universities in the United Kingdom, but the vision is that Snowball Metrics are supported by universities globally, and that multiple national groups contribute their expertise to agree how best to leverage the institutional and national data sources available, alongside proprietary data sources. The formation of Working Groups and the use of Snowball Metrics outside the United Kingdom demonstrate that the initiative is gaining global traction, and strongly indicate that the needs being addressed are widespread problems for which the sector would like to find a single answer. The universal nature of CERIF provides an important reference point to which it is expected that distinct but equivalent national data sources can be mapped and so used in international benchmarking.

KeywordsSnowball Metrics, indicators, CERIF, research information management, institutional strategy
ConferenceCRIS 2014
Proceedings TitleProcedia Computer Science
EditorsJeffery, K., Clements, A., de Castro, P. and Luzi, D.
ISSN1877-0509
PublisherElsevier
Publication dates
Online01 Jul 2014
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Deposited27 Sep 2020
Output statusPublished
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© 2014 Published by Elsevier B.V Open access under CC BY-NC-ND license.

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Series: Procedia Computer Science 33 (2014)

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2014.06.047
LanguageEnglish
Book titleProceedings 12th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems - Managing data intensive science - the role of research information systems in realising the digital agenda
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