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CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza

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N. 7 - 17 apr 2013
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali

Cultura

Social sciences and humanities: a new evaluation

The meeting 'Evaluating social sciences and humaniteis', organized recently by Cnr-Social Sciences and Humanities Department (Dsu), was attended by international scholars which discussed with representatives of the European Science Foundation (Efs), Anvur and Accademia dei Lincei with the aim of finding positive indications towards a revision of evaluation criteria that go beyond the alternative between peer-review and bibliometric indicators.

"The question is always how to evaluate in a truthful and impartial way works of which we cannot know how many times they have been quoted", said Riccardo Pozzo, director of Cnr-Dsu. "Provided a perfect evaluation is impossible, an endeavor similar to squaring a circle, the way to go seems to be that of complementarity and synergic sharing of different evaluation methods. In this direction Cnr is working".

The Standing Committee for the Humanities of the Efs has been publishing since 2008 evaluated lists of scientific journals in fourteen sectors of the Humanities. "The idea is to set up an online catalogue of social sciences and humanities scientific journals", added Pozzo. "Each journal shall have a card in which information is given about publication life, editorship, scientific committee, languages, abstracts, etc. What is new is that the cards shall collect-by way of social reading-the evaluations given to the journals by the evaluating agencies of the individual countries. The user of the catalogue shall thus have a pondered assessment of each journal, which in part at least shall make up for the lack of indexed quotes".

Cnr has also set up an e-library, whose aim is to save funds for journal subscriptions. "Our digital library shall be the pivot for Italy's data science", concluded Cnr-Dsu director. "Cnr is also currently submitting a project proposal for establishing an Italian infrastructure for long term digital preservation, which means that Cnr shall run data for scientific experiments, medical data, social sciences data, humanities and cultural heritage data".

Fonte: Riccardo Pozzo, Dipartimento di scienze umane e sociali e patrimonio culturale del Cnr, Roma, tel. 06/49932657, email direttore.dsu@cnr.it