Evaluation of digital humanities: an interdisciplinary approach Anna Maria Tammaro University of Parma IRCDL, Rome February, 1st, 2013
Research question Can we evaluate digital products and publications with current quality indicators and the same procedures of printed publications? Do we need alternatives to the peer review?
What? Publications with an editorial process (PDF) Hybrid only with documentation NOT publications which are marked, hypertextual, dynamic, multimedia and INTERDISCIPLINARY: − LOM, OER − Blog Website − WIKI − Text analysis − Digital asset
HOW? Peer review − QI based upon affiliation and disciplinar consensu − Cultural barriers, bias Bibliometrics − QI Citations, quantitative measurements − Impact Factors, H-index, Eigenfactor − Examples: Scimago, Latindex, Publish or Perish, Google Scholar Combination of the two − Examples: Mesur, Merlot, Open Edit
Collaborative Assessment Tool: KOS Construction of an ontology which evidences the junctions / hubs and relationships existing between digital publications in the Digital Humanities in Italy Construction of a Knowledge Organisation System, as a supporting tool for the choices of quality evaluation. Included in Linking Open Data Project Cloud (LOD), which is at the moment the most important concrete development of the Semantic Web.
Conclusions Some solutions can be found to the evaluation of digital products and publications by taking advantage of information and communication technology There is the need to analyze and propose solutions to theoretical, organizational, educational and legislative issues to ensure a virtuous cycle of publications evaluation.
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