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Message posted on 11/01/2022


Dear colleagues,

we are inviting papers to our panel titled =93Data Analytics in Science =96= What is at stake?= =94 at the EASST 2022 Conference in Madrid 6-9 July 2022. The deadline is t= he 1st of February and you can submit an abstract through the link: https:/= /

Convenors: Anne K. Kr=FCger (Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Science and Huma= nities) and Sabrina Petersohn (German Centre for Higher Education Research = and Science Studies)

Abstract: The datafication of science and its algorithmic assessment are accelerating= at a rapid pace. The digitization of academic publishing jointly with technological developments= such as greatly increased storage and computing capacities as well as advanced data harvesting techni= ques have opened up an abundance of new data sources that are referred to as information about res= earch =93output=94, =93impact=94, and =93performance=94. Besides publications and their citations, data about= related research organizations, grants, patents, and clinical trials as well as about views,= clicks, downloads, or mentions on social media platforms are increasingly becoming available. Per= sistent identifiers such as the DOI for publications, the ORCiD for authors, or the ROR for organiza= tions moreover contribute to interrelating these data through unambiguously identifying re= search output and researchers. This constant growth of data has triggered an unprecedented development of = open and commercial databases and data analytics tools and devices turning the provision of res= earch information and evaluation into =93a crowded marketplace=94 (de Rijcke & Rushforth 2015). P= rivate companies and community-based initiatives constantly generate new ways for extracting and= assessing data while arguing for the benefits of the =93retrievability=94, =93traceability=94, a= nd =93accountability=94 of research and researchers. The increasing and rather uncontrolled aggregation and interre= lation of data about researchers and their work, however, raises questions on the ways and conse= quences of the sociomaterial interplay between technology, its providers, and its users an= d the political economy behind it: How and by whom are these data and the respective devices provid= ed and put into use? And how do they affect the understanding and (e)valuation of science?

The panel invites contributions that (1) address how these data and data an= alytics affect research and researchers, (2) discuss data politics regarding access, ownership, and que= stions of data protection, (3) investigate how the rationales and functionalities of data analytics in= fluence evaluation practices, or (4) focus on the marketization and assetization of data on research and = researchers within and beyond academia.

Key words: data analytics, research evaluation, critical data studies

Best wishes

Sabrina Petersohn

Deutsches Zentrum f=FCr Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung GmbH (DZHW) German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) Sch=FCtzenstra=DFe 6a | 10117 Berlin | | = Germany

Dr. Sabrina Petersohn Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin Abteilung Forschungssystem und Wissenschaft= sdynamik Research Associate Research System and Science Dynamics Tel. +49 30 2064177-33 | Fax +49 030 2064177-99 E-Mail:

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