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Indicator-Based Monitoring of an Interdisciplinary Field of Science: the Example of Educational Research

Presenter 1
Andreas Oskar Kempf
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Presenter 2
Ute Sondergeld
German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)

Monitoring of an interdisciplinary field of research is challenged on several levels: Different scholarly communication cultures come into effect, while on the other hand, knowledge stored in disciplinary databases is indexed in different ways. To create an analytical basis for such a field of science, e.g. educational research, it is necessary to clarify heterogeneous metadata by taking into account distinct semantic spheres of concepts and understanding. Scholarly databases contain a multitude of information that is relevant for monitoring. However, owing to conventional user surfaces, databases are usually not interlinked for analytic purposes. Hence, they can only inform about changes in research and publication if respective indicators are deduced, standardized and visualized. The contribution presents findings from the interdisciplinary scientometric project "Educational Research Monitoring" (MoBi). Based on multi-dimensional analyses of projects and publications, MoBi identifies adequate characteristics for describing the field of research and output, and its reception. In a second step, such aspects are translated into standard indicators for the description of science, e.g. research activity, networking and proportion of external funding. These indicators provide a conceptual basis for a web-based monitoring service. MoBi is collaboratively conducted by the Leibniz institutes GESIS, DIPF and ZPID, in co-operation with iFQ.

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