DORA Newsletter April 2021

Join us for an upcoming webinar as we discuss how data is recognized and rewarded

DORA, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Principles (HKP), is pleased to announce a joint webinar to explore how data sharing during the COVID-19 pandemic might bring about new standards and norms for assessing researchers. Panelists include Olavo Amaral (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), David Carr (Wellcome), Daniella Lowenberg (Make Data Count), and Rhoda Wanyenze (Makerere University).

Please join us for the webinar on Thursday, 13 May 2021. Panelists will consider the outcomes of data sharing and discuss where and how data fits into the larger relationship between research integrity and researcher assessment.

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time:   11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT │ 4:00 –5:00 PM BST │6:00 – 7:00 PM EAT

New blog post and webinar recording on reimagining academic career assessment

In January of 2021, DORA, in collaboration with the European University Association (EUA) and SPARC Europe, announced a new report to complement our online repository of case studies. The report examines institutional change for academic career assessment and summarizes key findings and take-aways from the case studies.

We also held a joint webinar on 25 February 2021, where the main findings from the report were presented and a panel discussed the experiences of the universities and national consortia that have developed and implemented more responsible academic career assessment approaches. A recording of the webinar can be found here. Additionally, the webinar was summarized in an accompanying blog post here.

Updates on DORA’s funder discussion series

DORA organizes a quarterly virtual meeting for funders of research – public and private – to increase communication about new research assessment policies and practice. If you are a research funder interested in updates on new research assessment policies and practices, please reach out to DORA’s program director Anna Hatch ([email protected]).

Representatives from some of the public and private funders of research in New Zealand and Australia met in March for a discussion on recognizing and supporting Indigenous research and shared information about new and ongoing Indigenous research policies and funding opportunities. Read a summary of this funder meeting here

The parallel discussion for funders in the Americas, Africa, and Europe featured a presentation from Annalisa Montesanti of the Health Research Board Ireland, who shared information about their implementation of a narrative CV format. Read a summary of this funder meeting here.

New DORA translation in Romanian

DORA has now been translated into 24 languages! We are pleased to share the latest translation of DORA into Romanian, which was contributed by Dorothea Ionescu, Alexandra Marian, Roxana Mateiu-Vescan, and Doris Rogobete. Read the Romanian translation here and find the full list of translations here.

In case you missed it: DORA is developing resources with the community to facilitate and support the development of new practices

Ideas for Action outlines common myths about research evaluation and provides five design principles to help institutions develop better research assessment practices. Find ideas to develop new policies and practices here.

Unintended Cognitive and Systems Biases identifies personal biases that can influence hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions, the institutional and infrastructural implications of these biases, and provides strategies to develop new institutional conditions that reduce bias. Discover how to identify and address unintended cognitive biases by reading the brief here, or read the more detailed companion blog series here.

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