DORA newsletter Aug. 2020

DORA is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar and funders call, as well as update you on some recent activities in this inaugural edition of the newsletter.

Join our community call on recognizing language diversity in academic assessment
Our next community call will take place on Thursday, August 13, 2020, 9:00 – 10:00 AM Eastern (3:00 PM CEST).
 
Join us for a discussion about recognizing and rewarding language diversity in hiring, promotion, and funding decisions. The call will include a panel discussion featuring: Serhii Nazarovets, The State Scientific and Technical Library of Ukraine Zehra Taskin, Adam Mickiewicz University Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou, University of Ottawa More information about this session can be found here. Please register in advance for this free webinar.

New: virtual funder discussions to increase communication about research assessment reform
Two parallel discussion series provide funders of research — public and private — a space to discuss new research assessment policies and practices. Our first virtual Asia-Pacific meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 19, at 10:00 AM AEST (Tuesday, August 18 at 8:00 – 9:00 PM Eastern). Our next meeting for funders in Africa, the Americas, and Europe will be held in September. If you are a research funder interested in updates on new research assessment policies and practices, please reach out to me (info@sfdora.org).

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Claire Fraser, senior policy advisor at Research England, and Greg Tananbaum, director of the Open Research Funders Group (ORFG), provided updates on their latest efforts to improve research assessment. Read this blog post for a summary of the discussion.

New blog post: Improving Research Assessment in the Triage Phase of Review
In a new PLOS blog post, Helen Sitar and I outline improvements to be made in the triage phase of reviewing applications for faculty positions to improve consistency and reduce bias. Want to read more? The entire post can be found here.

Updates from latest DORA webinars
DORA hosted a webinar, in collaboration with the Australian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG), in July to understand the opportunities and barriers to improve academic assessment in the Asia-Pacific region. Interested to know more? Read this blog post for a summary of the discussion.
 
DORA hosted a webinar in April to examine what roles libraries play in research assessment reform. Some action items from the discussion include encouraging libraries to rethink how to frame metrics assistance in the background of research assessment, and to encourage a more holistic view of research assessment. Read more about the webinar here.

DORA published a blog to recap our activities in 2019. Read more here. In a guest blog post for DORA, Dartmouth PhD candidate Haley Hazlett discusses how academic culture influences learned behavior in graduate students. “Whether they intend to or not, students learn what aspects of research to value by observing the conduct of faculty and senior peers.” Read more here.

More DORA updates
DORA published a blog to recap our activities in 2019. Read more here. In a guest blog post for DORA, Dartmouth PhD candidate Haley Hazlett discusses how academic culture influences learned behavior in graduate students. “Whether they intend to or not, students learn what aspects of research to value by observing the conduct of faculty and senior peers.” Read more here

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