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By Thomas Christie Williams | Published: January 6, 2017
In Metric Power, David Beer examines the intensifying role that metrics play in our everyday lives, from healthcare provision to our interactions with friends and family, within the context of the so-termed data revolution. This is a book that illustrates our growing implication in, and arguable acquiescence to, an increasingly quantified world, but, Thomas Christie Williams asks, where do we locate resistance?
By Paul Smaldino | Published: October 4, 2016
A culture of bad science can evolve as a result of institutional incentives that prioritize simple quantitative metrics as measures of success, argues Paul Smaldino. But, he adds, not all is lost as new initiatives such as open data and replication are making a positive difference.
By SAGE | Published: April 12, 2016
As governments seek practical metrics for determining if their research funding is money wisely spent, the quest for 'impact' takes on great importance. Drawing from the Australian experience, Stephen Taylor addresses several key measurement principles.
By Eric Giannella | Published: December 23, 2015
Sociologist Eric Giannella argues the uncertainty of science makes intuition and judgement essential, and yet the effect of metrics is to reduce the role of judgment.