Saturday, May 7, 2016

Web of Science used by Australian Research Council for Analysis of Benefits from University Research

According to this announcement - the Australian Research Council (ARC) will use Web of Science data as part of the next ERA and Engagement and Impact Evaluation - see release below.

Media Release:

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has recently obtained Thomson Reuters Web of Science™ Core Collection as one of the data sources to contribute to analyses that will be utilized by the ARC to support development of national impact and engagement assessment to assess the benefits derived from university research. This national assessment exercise is being introduced as part of the Australian government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.  This was announced today by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters.

In 2016 the ARC will work with the higher education research sector, industry and other end-users of research to develop quantitative and qualitative measures of impact and engagement of university research. The Web of Science Core Collection provides source data for records such as topic, title and author information which will be used by ARC to support work around sector and ERA analysis in order to derive a model for national assessment. The ARC will conduct a national assessment as a companion exercise to the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), the country’s national research evaluation framework which identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s higher education institutions.

Jeroen Prinsen, vice president and head of Australia & New Zealand, IP &Science, Thomson Reuters said, “As a strong advocate of research collaboration and partner of Australia’s research community, we are pleased to support this important national impact and engagement assessment of university research which will ultimately promote high-quality research that will drive Australia’s innovation and economic growth. We are honored that the ARC will utilize source data from the Web of Science Core Collection, the world’s most trusted source of citation databases.”