Measuring Diversity of Research

Mid term and long term collaboration.

Measuring Diversity of Research

The aim of this project is to develop methods for measuring the diversity of research fields and research organisations. These methods shall enable comparisons between the diversity of fields in different countries and time series of the diversity of national fields and research organisations. Owing to the lack of methods for measuring the diversity of research, most claims about the diversity of research are not empirically supported. We attempt to close this gap by developing bibliometric methods for the measurement of research diversity. Bibliometric methods seem suitable because they are 'objective' in the sense that they use data that are produced independently of academic opinions about the diversity of their research fields.

The project is funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, and is conducted at the i-school Humboldt University Berlin. The team consists of
Frank Havemann (coordinator), Jochen Gläser, Michael Heinz, Alexander Struck (PhD student), Michael Bärtl (student assistant)

Advisory Board
Kevin Boyack, Wolfgang Glänzel, Ismael Rafols, Andrea Scharnhorst, Michel Zitt

01/01/2009 - 31/12/2012
Locations: Berlin