Measuring Change in Digital Humanities – Videos from the Workshop on Impact Factors and Success Criteria

Measuring Change in Digital Humanities – Videos from the Workshop on Impact Factors and Success Criteria
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Three new lecture videos on the PARTHENOS Training Suite introduce criteria to measure success and impact of Digital Humanities Research and research infrastructures from different stakeholder perspectives. The lectures of Leonie van Drooge (Netherlands), David Budtz Pederson (Denmark), and Helen Small (UK), three international experts on this topic, were filmed during a workshop at the School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 2018.

The three new lectures videos were filmed at the workshop Measuring Change in Digital Humanities: Workshop on Impact Factors and Success Criteria. This was organised by Juliane Stiller at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (IBI) with funding from DARIAH-EU. The workshop brought together international experts, including members of the PARTHENOS project, such as Frank Uiterwaal (Parthenos, NIOD, Netherlands), Francesca Morselli (DARIAH-EU, DANS, Netherlands), Steven Krauwer (CLARIN, Netherlands), and Dr Ulrike Wuttke (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany).

Lecture videos playlist from the Workshop on Impact Factors and Success Criteria

Lecture videos playlist from the Workshop on Impact Factors and Success Criteria.

“Measuring change, impact, and success in the Digital Humanities is highly relevant as currently there are no commonly agreed criteria to measure success and impact of Digital Humanities research and research infrastructures”, says Dr. Juliane Stiller (IBI). This topic is also one of the focus areas of the PARTHENOS project. Therefore, the workshop organizer cooperated with PARTHENOS Training to film the following three lectures as training materials:

  •      Leonie van Drooge (Rathenau Institut, Netherlands): “The impacts of research infrastructures”

Leonie van Drooge discusses the wide variety of impacts of research infrastructures. She underlines that the impact of a research infrastructure depends on what is expected and intended from it and the perspectives of the several stakeholder involved and exemplifies how the evidence to prove the impact of an research infrastructure should relate to its goals, intentions and expectations, and that it can relate to final impacts as well as activities, choices and processes preceding impacts.

  •      David Budtz Pedersen (Aalborg Universitet, Denmark): “Responsible Impact Assessment in SSH”

David Pudtz Pedersen introduces the key building blocks for designing responsible impact assessments by allowing research organisations to have significant influence on how their impact is represented and communicated. He outlines a new approach to assessing a wide range of research activities and its consequences for wider networks of policy-making, funding and research support and shows that there is room for researchers, universities and funding agencies to establish impact assessment tools directed towards specific “missions” while avoiding catch-all indicators and universal metrics.

  •      Helen Small (University of Oxford, UK): “Use case approach to impact measurement”

Helen Small addresses purposes and evolving formats of a case-study based approach to research impact measurement. She uses two examples related to Digital Humanities research from the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) at the faculty of English at Oxford University. She pays special attention to the kinds of data that make for more and less persuasive evidence of the impact claimed, its scope, and its significance.


The lecture videos have been filmed and produced by Dr Ulrike Wuttke who leads a task within PARTHENOS Training on behalf of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FHP). They are now part of the submodules about “Impact” within the PARTHENOS Training modules “Introduction to Research Infrastructures” and “Management Challenges in Research Infrastructures”.

The PARTHENOS Training team, led by Dr Jennifer Edmond (TCD), invites lecturers and trainers to use these materials in their own courses.

They have also been collected as a playlist on the PARTHENOS YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKq1g7snsFGfPuBY8aNl1QTXSNEY5dJAH

Ulrike Wuttke

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Date: December 11, 2018