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W-log #3: Application of maturity dimensions for catalogues, digitisation of museums, responsible use of indicators

What happened? In the previous log, I introduced the article I’ve co-authored describing the work done in the context of the EOSC Task Force on Semantic Interoperability on identifying twelve maturity dimensions (and related sub-features) for assessing catalogues of semantic artefacts. A few days ago, FAIR Sharing, one of the catalogues we assessed in the article above, published a blog post that revised and updated the analysis regarding their service.

What I did. The Creators Day 2024 was an event organised in Bologna, focused on sharing with society the effort and dedication that several institutions, including the University of Bologna, put into the Cultural and Creative Industries. I had the honour to be part of the programme as one of the speakers, bringing my personal experience gained in the past year thanks to plenty of researchers working at the University of Bologna and the Institute of Heritage Science of the Italian National Research Council, on the digitisation of museums and, more generally, cultural heritage.

What to read. Over the past years, thanks to several initiatives worldwide supported by several institutions, the Open Science community has often participated in discussions about research assessment and the importance of responsible use of quantitative indicators. One of the most recent contributions to this discussion was disclosed by DORA very recently. It is a short and pleasant reading on why to avoid the misuse of specific indicators – e.g. the Journal Impact Factor and the Hirsch Index – and how to guide interested communities in using such quantitative indicators in research assessment exercises:

Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). (2024). Guidance on the responsible use of quantitative indicators in research assessment. Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.11156568