BERTI

New professional roles? Competencies and task profiles in IT-supported research reporting

Start of the project: 01-Jul-2019 - End of the project: 30-Jun-2022

Changes in the governance structure of research have resulted in a growing need for information to enable strategic management of higher education institutions. As a consequence, new occupational roles and task profiles for IT-based reporting of research activities and its use in organizational development and quality control emerge. The project focuses on this group of practitioners who have not yet been a subject of systematic study before. It focuses on their task profiles and qualifications and their role in data-based quantitative evaluation of research as well as their competences against the backdrop of the increasing digitalization of the governance of research.

The sociology of expertise and professions developed by Andrew Abbott provides the theoretical framing for our study as well as the notion of infrastructures developed in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). The study design combines qualitative case studies, using expert interviews and ethnographic methods, conducted at German and other European research organizations which employ advanced IT-based documentation of research activities with a broad quantitative survey on digitally supported reporting practices in Germany.

The analysis is guided by the following research questions: First, which contexts of data collection, processing and uses for reporting purposes exist? Second, which professional responsibilities, organizational locations and specific task profiles are to be found in the task area of IT-based research reporting? Which processes and implementation dynamics occur during the introduction of research information systems and other technical systems of research documentation? What are the professional backgrounds, qualifications, and present and desired competences of the respective personnel?

The analysis has three proclaimed goals: First, it aims first at developing new insights in the sociology of professions regarding a specific occupational group in the field of research management and into the research information systems as part of the “evaluative infrastructure”. Second, it strives for a methodological contribution in the measurement of competences. Third, it has practical implications regarding development perspectives of IT-based reporting of research activities in Germany. The project develops recommendations for qualification and training for this new professional group in the form of a competency model.

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Publications

Informationsmanagerin gesucht – Die Rolle wissenschaftlicher Bibliotheken in der Forschungsberichterstattung in Deutschland.

Petersohn, S., & Thiedig, C. (2022).
Informationsmanagerin gesucht – Die Rolle wissenschaftlicher Bibliotheken in der Forschungsberichterstattung in Deutschland. ABI Technik, 42(1), 70-77.
Abstract

Whilst libraries have already developed new specializations as curators of research data, we ask which role the collection and processing of research information will play as a research support service in academic libraries and how this affects their task and competency profiles in the future. Based on an analysis of job advertisements for the years 2005 to 2020 and an online survey, we identify formal tasks and competency requirements as well as current task profiles and perceived areas of competency.

BERTI – Projekt-Update und Einladung zur Onlinebefragung.

Petersohn, S. (5. Juli 2021).
BERTI – Projekt-Update und Einladung zur Onlinebefragung [Blogbeitrag]. Abgerufen von https://blogs.tib.eu/wp/dini-ag-blog/2021/07/05/berti-update/

Research managers as data experts? Task areas and competency profiles in IT-based research reporting in Germany.

Thiedig, C., Schelske, S., & Petersohn, S. (2021).
Research managers as data experts? Task areas and competency profiles in IT-based research reporting in Germany. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics (ISSI 2021), Leuven, Belgium, 12 July to 15 July, 2021, 1091-1096.

The Competent Bibliometrician–A Guided Tour through the Scholarly and Practitioner Literature.

Petersohn, S. (2020).
The Competent Bibliometrician–A Guided Tour through the Scholarly and Practitioner Literature. In Ball, R. (Hrsg.), Handbook Bibliometrics (S. 485-496). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Saur.
Abstract

Repeated calls for responsible research metrics and professional codes of conduct in evaluative bibliometrics highlight the need to investigate which qualifications and competencies enable a proficient application of bibliometric methods and indicators. Taking competence research as a point of departure, this chapter delineates salient dimensions of professional competence in bibliometric research evaluation by reviewing a selected subset of the literature. The reviewed literature focuses on handbooks, monographs, and scholarly and practitioner articles that introduce theory and methodology of bibliometrics and showcase applications to scholars and practitioners mainly outside of the scientometric research community.

Presentations

Competency requirements in research information management and reporting: evidence from a national survey in Germany.

Thiedig, C., & Schelske, S. (2022, Mai).
Competency requirements in research information management and reporting: evidence from a national survey in Germany. Vortrag auf der Konferenz 15th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems (CRIS2022), euroCRIS, Dubrovnik, Kroatien.

IT-gestützte Forschungsberichterstattung als neues Berufs- und Aufgabenfeld - Kompetenzerfassung und -modellierung.

Thiedig, C., Petersohn, S., & Azeroual, O. (2021, Oktober).
Workshop IT-gestützte Forschungsberichterstattung als neues Berufs- und Aufgabenfeld - Kompetenzerfassung und -modellierung im Rahmen der Jahrestagung FORTRAMA e.V. 2021, FORTRAMA, Potsdam.

IT-gestützte Forschungsberichterstattung als neues Berufs- und Aufgabenfeld - Kompetenzerfassung und -modellierung.

Thiedig, C., & Petersohn, S. (2021, Oktober).
IT-gestützte Forschungsberichterstattung als neues Berufs- und Aufgabenfeld - Kompetenzerfassung und -modellierung. Impulsvortrag auf der Tagung Jahrestagung FORTRAMA e.V. 2021, FORTRAMA, Potsdam.

Mit mehr Daten zu mehr Qualität? Kompetenzen und Aufgabenbereiche in der IT-gestützten Forschungsberichterstattung.

Thiedig, C., & Petersohn, S. (2021, September).
Mit mehr Daten zu mehr Qualität? Kompetenzen und Aufgabenbereiche in der IT-gestützten Forschungsberichterstattung. Vortrag auf der Konferenz 16. Tagung der Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung "Qualität" im Hochschulsystem, Gießen.

Professional competencies in evaluative bibliometrics.

Petersohn, S. (2021, September).
Professional competencies in evaluative bibliometrics. Impulsvortrag auf der Konferenz 25th International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, STI 2021, Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy Department of Political Science Aarhus University , Aarhus, Denmark.

Professional competencies in evaluative bibliometrics.

Petersohn, S. (2021).
Session Professional competencies in evaluative bibliometrics. auf der Konferenz 25th International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, STI 2021, Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy Department of Political Science Aarhus University , Aarhus, Denmark.
Abstract

The session sets forth to inquire more deeply into the nature of professional competence in evaluative bibliometrics. Taking competence research as a departure we discuss three competency dimensions and their interrelations for the domain of bibliometric research assessment. We will also ask whether professional competence in evaluative bibliometrics differs according to specific user perspectives and application as well as policy settings.

Research managers as data experts? Task areas and competency profiles in IT-based research reporting in Germany.

Thiedig, C. (2021, Juli).
Research managers as data experts? Task areas and competency profiles in IT-based research reporting in Germany. Vortrag auf der Konferenz 18th International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics (ISSI 2021), KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

Digital gestützte Forschungsberichterstattung und die Auswirkungen der Pandemie: Welche Kompetenzen werden gesucht? Vorläufige Ergebnisse einer Stellenanzeigenanalyse und neue Forschungsfragen zur Forschungsberichterstattung in Krisenzeiten.

Petersohn, S. (2021, März).
Digital gestützte Forschungsberichterstattung und die Auswirkungen der Pandemie: Welche Kompetenzen werden gesucht? Vorläufige Ergebnisse einer Stellenanzeigenanalyse und neue Forschungsfragen zur Forschungsberichterstattung in Krisenzeiten. Vortrag auf dem Workshop 5. Vivo-Workshop, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), Hannover.

BERTI: Neue berufliche Rollen? Kompetenz- und Aufgabenprofile in der IT-gestützten Forschungsberichterstattung.

Petersohn, S., Schelske, S., & Thiedig, C. (2021, Februar).
BERTI: Neue berufliche Rollen? Kompetenz- und Aufgabenprofile in der IT-gestützten Forschungsberichterstattung. Vortrag auf der Tagung Statustagung der BMBF-Förderlinie "Qualitätsentwicklungen in der Wissenschaft", BMBF, Berlin.

Ethnografie digitaler Infrastrukturen.

Petersohn, S. (2020).
Workshop Ethnografie digitaler Infrastrukturen.Workshop des Forschungsclusters Empirische Methoden der Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung unter der Leitung von Juniorprofessorin Dr. Stefanie Büchner (Leibniz Universität Hannover), DZHW, Berlin.

Geplatzte Träume.

Schelske, S. (2020, Januar).
Geplatzte Träume. Interview in der Radiosendung "Ab 21", Deutschlandfunk Nova, Köln.

Neue berufliche Rollen? Kompetenz- und Aufgabenprofile in der IT-gestützten Forschungsberichterstattung (BERTI).

Petersohn, S. (2019, Dezember).
Neue berufliche Rollen? Kompetenz- und Aufgabenprofile in der IT-gestützten Forschungsberichterstattung (BERTI). Vortrag auf der Kick-Off-Veranstaltung der BMBF-Förderlinie „Qualitätsentwicklungen in der Wissenschaft“, HTW Dresden, 5.12.2019.

Neue berufliche Rollen in der IT-gestützten Forschungsberichterstattung.

Schelske, S. (2019, November).
Neue berufliche Rollen in der IT-gestützten Forschungsberichterstattung. Vortrag auf dem 4. VIVO-Workshop, 29.11.2019, Hannover.

New professional roles? Competencies and task profiles in IT-supported research reporting – Introduction to the research project “BERTI”.

Schelske, S., & Thiedig, C. (2019, November).
New professional roles? Competencies and task profiles in IT-supported research reporting – Introduction to the research project “BERTI”. Vortrag auf dem EuroCRIS Membership Meeting in Münster.

Neue berufliche Rollen für Forschungsreferent*innen? Kompetenz- und Aufgabenprofile für die IT-gestützte Forschungsberichterstattung.

Petersohn, S., Herwig, S., & Blümel, I. (2019, März).
Neue berufliche Rollen für Forschungsreferent*innen? Kompetenz- und Aufgabenprofile für die IT-gestützte Forschungsberichterstattung. Vortrag auf der Jahrestagung des Netzwerkes für Forschungs- und Transfermanagement (FORTRAMA), 14.-15.03.2019, Potsdam.
Conferences

IT-gestützte Forschungsberichterstattung als neues Berufs- und Aufgabenfeld - Kompetenzerfassung und -modellierung.

Thiedig, C., Petersohn, S., & Azeroual, O. (2021, Oktober).
Workshop IT-gestützte Forschungsberichterstattung als neues Berufs- und Aufgabenfeld - Kompetenzerfassung und -modellierung im Rahmen der Jahrestagung FORTRAMA e.V. 2021, FORTRAMA, Potsdam.

Professional competencies in evaluative bibliometrics.

Petersohn, S. (2021).
Session Professional competencies in evaluative bibliometrics. auf der Konferenz 25th International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, STI 2021, Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy Department of Political Science Aarhus University , Aarhus, Denmark.
Abstract

The session sets forth to inquire more deeply into the nature of professional competence in evaluative bibliometrics. Taking competence research as a departure we discuss three competency dimensions and their interrelations for the domain of bibliometric research assessment. We will also ask whether professional competence in evaluative bibliometrics differs according to specific user perspectives and application as well as policy settings.

Ethnografie digitaler Infrastrukturen.

Petersohn, S. (2020).
Workshop Ethnografie digitaler Infrastrukturen.Workshop des Forschungsclusters Empirische Methoden der Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung unter der Leitung von Juniorprofessorin Dr. Stefanie Büchner (Leibniz Universität Hannover), DZHW, Berlin.

Contact person

Sabrina Petersohn
Dr. Sabrina Petersohn +49 30 2064177-33

Researchers

Dr. Stefan Schelske Christoph Thiedig

Funded by

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung