Snowflake Indicators | Postmodern Research Evaluation | Part 5 of ?

No two snowflakes are alike. No two people are the same.                                                                                                    — Horshack                                                                 Snowflakes by Juliancolton2 on flickr Earlier posts in this series attempted to lay out the ways in which Snowball Metrics present as a totalizing grand narrative of research evaluation. Along with attempting to establish a “recipe” that anyone can follow […]

Should we develop an alt-H-index? | Postmodern Research Evaluation | 4 of ?

In the last post in this series, I promised to present an alternative to Snowball Metrics — something I playfully referred to as ‘Snowflake Indicators’ in an effort to distinguish what I am proposing from the grand narrative presented by Snowball Metrics. But two recent developments have sparked a related thought that I want to […]

Postmodern Research Evaluation? | 3 of ?

Snowball Metrics present as a totalizing grand narrative. For now, let me simply list some of the ways in which this is so, with little or only brief explanations. Snowball metrics are a tool for commensuration, “designed to facilitate crossinstitutional benchmarking globally by ensuring that research management information can be compared with confidence” (p. 5 […]

Postmodern Research Evaluation? | 2 of ?

First, let me say where I am coming from and what I mean by ‘postmodern’. I’m working from Lyotard’s simple “definition” of the term: “incredulity toward metanarratives” (from the introduction to The Postmodern Condition). One interesting question that arises from this definition is the scope of this incredulity — what counts, in other words, as […]

Postmodern Research Evaluation? | 1 of ?

This will be the first is a series of posts tagged ‘postmodern research evaluation’ — a series meant to be critical and normative, expressing my own, subjective, opinions on the question. Before I launch into any definitions, take a look at this on ‘Snowball Metrics‘. Reading only the first few pages should help orient you […]