Documenting the research process. Opportunities and challenges for Bibliometrics and IR (keynote)

  • Scharnhorst, A. (Keynote speaker)
  • Enrico Daga (Speaker)
  • Marilena Daquino (Speaker)
  • Raphaël Fournier-S'niehotta (Speaker)
  • Christophe Guilotel-Nothmann (Speaker)

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From the earlier days of measuring the sciences (here meant as all academia) there has been a vision of being able to document the whole of the research cycle including its boundary conditions (such as staff, instruments, funding, expenditures, etc.), the research process itself and its tangible output. Different motives are behind such a vision, e.g., understanding the creative process of knowledge production, managing the performance of a mostly public funded science system, and new possibilities for information services. In particular, the black box of the research process itself has intrigued many and both the emergence of WWW and the Open Science movement have enabled and motivated to further open up this black box.

Research data as one cornerstone of the research process and its management has been a particular key in this development. The development of standardized documentation of all elements of the research process is a necessary ingredient, but there is also a danger of getting entrapped in a rather atomized view of the research process. Next to data and software (currently in the focus of open access) other important parts are requirements, methods, and epistemic frameworks. For all of them holds that documentation - if at all formalized - often only captures a part of the ‘research culture’ and the tacit knowledge embedded in the practices.

This talk reports about knowledge management experiences in an EC funded project Polifonia (Research and Innovation Action funding scheme). Polifonia is a challenging project. It aspires to develop a methodological framework for musical heritage information which encompasses sources from text, sound, scores, settings (buildings), and experiences. It is organized around 10 Pilots which cover various actions such as preserving, studying, managing and interacting with musical heritage. Its advantage is that it uses semantic web technologies (ontologies and resulting knowledge graphs) as lingua franca binding the different Pilots together. More specifically, on top of the very popular use of git-hub repositories in research projects, Polifonia adds an additional organization structure (the Polifonia Ecosystem) to document not only relevant semantic artifacts but also their mutual dependency, developing annotations for both objects and actions and their specific role in a given scientific endeavor.

Using this case, this talk reflects about the opportunities and challenges in formalizing best practices to execute innovative research processes; and which impact such developments have on future information retrieval practices.

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Guillotel-Nothmann, Christophe, Bottini, Thomas, Carriero, Valentina, Carvalho, Jason, Cathé, Philippe, Ciroku, Fiorela, Daga, Enrico, Daquino, Marilena, Davy-Rigaux, Achille, Gurrieri, Marco, Van Kemenade, Philo, Marzi, Eleanora, Presutti, Valentina, & Scharnhorst, Andrea. (2021). D1.1 Roadmap and pilot requirements 1st version (Version 1). Zenodo.

Daga, Enrico, Meroño Peñuela, Albert, Daquino, Marilena, Ciroku, Fiorela, Musumeci, Elena, Gurrieri, Marco, Scharnhorst, Andrea, Admiraal, Femmy, & Fournier-S'niehotta, Raphaël. (2021). D1.3: Pilots development – collaborative methodology and tools (V1.0) (Version 1). Zenodo.

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Jaradeh, M. Y., Oelen, A., Prinz, M., Stocker, M., & Auer, S. (2022). Open Research Knowledge Graph:A System Walkthrough. Pre-print arxiv,
Periode02 apr. 2023
Evenementstitel13th International Workshop on Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval: to be held as part of the 45th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2023, in Dublin, Ireland
LocatieDublin, IerlandToon op kaart
Mate van erkenningInternationaal