Impact – 1

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I have been considering redesigning this website and, because of this reason, I have been gathering inspiration from several sources: the blogs and websites of others, lists of the “dos and don’ts” of scientific communication, etcetera. I’d also love to incorporate more infographics, somehow… but this takes time and skills! In any case, more about this in due course.

For now I’d like to guide your attention to a blog post I have written for the UK Data Service, part 1 of a series, which can be found here. Reflecting. on this concept, as well as what I’ve written, I think ‘impact’ is a very interesting concept, one that guides where most of the funding goes in academia, yet which is difficult if not impossible to accurately measure. In some ways this measurement is not fair, because it creates ‘winners’ and ‘losers’. However, life isn’t fair, and for the sake of supporting (potentially) impactful research, the use of measurement can be regarded as a necessary evil.

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‘Impact’ Wikimedia Commons, CC BY