Gauging the Impact of e-Research in the Social Sciences

13 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2008  

Eric T. Meyer

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Ralph Schroeder

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Date Written: September 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of e-Research, particularly in the social sciences, by doing a meta-analysis of existing sources and complementing this with new data. Sources include two online surveys of social scientists which gauged uses and awareness of e-Research tools, reports from national e-Social Science initiatives, and scientometric analyses of e-Social Sciences. The paper will undertake a preliminary evaluation of how different measures and indications capture the impact of e-Social Science. The paper argues that only a multidimensional analysis can do justice to understanding how social science is or is not being transformed via e-Research.

Keywords: e-Research, e-Social Science, impact, interdisciplinarity

Suggested Citation

Meyer, Eric T. and Schroeder, Ralph, Gauging the Impact of e-Research in the Social Sciences (September 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1262213 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1262213

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Ralph Schroeder

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