Topic 3: Comparison of national and regional databases of social sciences and humanities research outcomes
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Host institution: The Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) is responsible for the VABB-SHW, a comprehensive database of research output in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in Flanders. The VABB-SHW has acted as data source for various studies by our group on publication patterns in SSH. It is currently largely unknown, however, to what extent the conclusions of these studies hold for SSH in general.
Objectives: through the visit to Antwerp to compare the VABB-SHW with databases used in other participating COST countries; to compare aspects like different types of publications, publication language, collaboration and productivity between two or more countries, both overall and at the level of SSH disciplines. As such, the STSM aims to contribute to tasks 1 and 2 of WG3 (see the memorandum of understanding).
Results: one or more joint publications and form the basis of a prolonged collaboration between ECOOM-Antwerp and the applicant’s institution.
Special criteria for this STSM: preferably the applicant has access to and is familiar with the data infrastructure in their own country or region.
Working group: WG3 (databases and uses of data for understanding SSH research)
Duration: between two weeks and three months
Location: University of Antwerp, Belgium
Contact: Raf Guns (firstname.lastname@example.org)