Online discussion doesn’t always accurately reflect the real political landscape.
Political campaigns and journalists often turn to social media to see how voters feel about an election. But the numbers they see there may not accurately reflect the electorate's views.
Habitat for Humanity homeowner Keosha Hendricks cuts a ceremonial ribbon, in La Vergne, Tenn.
A study that compared Habitat for Humanity affiliates found that what nonprofits are doing may matter more than how much they’re spending.
Newsrooms in Africa, like their counterparts around the world, are embracing new media tools.
African newsrooms are using media analytics to study their audiences but there's a downside.
Tourists queue to take a photograph of the Mona Lisa at The Louvre.
© NikkiJohnson, Image Perception
At a time when even accountants are looking for a more compelling understanding of value, it is imperative that the arts – where individual experience is central – resist the evangelical call of quantification.
Your finger may hover, but it’s hard get rid of it once and for all.
Social media provide shortcuts to things we yearn for, like connection and validation. Media effects scholars explain the psychological benefits we get from Facebook that make it so hard to quit.
The Paris attacks dominated mainstream media coverage over the weekend, from Spain to Australia.
To simply say journalists should report in equal amounts on such deaths, regardless of where they occurred, may be nice from a normative perspective. But is it actually realistic?
An obsession with metrics has led to a business culture in many industries that is more concerned with meeting targets than the wider good the measure was intended to represent.
A good scoring system can help the best rise to the top.
Academic metrics are only problematic if they're poorly implemented. If they're used carefully, they can be a powerful tool to allow talent to rise to the top.
Television is not like it used to be, but it’s difficult to find accurate data on how it’s changing.
With free-to-air, pay TV, catch-up services and video-on-demand, television is changing in Australia, and the viewership metrics are struggling to keep up.
The social, economic and environmental impact of academic research can continue for decades.
Academics from a dozen universities will be required to explain to industry experts the economic and social value of hundreds…
Nobel laureate and astronomer Brian Schmidt speaking after the announcement of the Thomson Reuters awards.
Twelve academics today received awards as the most prolific and most-cited researchers in fields deemed to be strong areas…
The University of Melbourne will oversee a new effort to measure the returns on science investments.
The University of Melbourne and Australian National University will perform a “stocktake” of all scientific research projects…
Julia Lane oversaw the introduction of the STAR METRICS program in the US.
Australia is preparing to join a worldwide push to map the wider social returns on investments in science. This week Professor…
Some proponents of open access publishing are naive, Margaret Sheil says.
After almost five years at the helm of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Margaret Sheil will this week step down to…
Some journal editors demand academics boost the number of references to other articles published in their journal.
One in five academics from a range of fields say they have come under pressure from journals to pad out their papers with…
Adam Chang’s portrait of academic JM Coetzee, whose writing has had international impact. AAP/Art Gallery of NSW.
The election of the Rudd Government in 2007 killed the momentum that had been building in the last few years of the Howard…
Do Australian universities suffer from an overload of auditing and metrics-based assessment? Are vision and flexibility being stifled? Flickr/Harald Groven.
Visiting British expert David Sweeney could have star appeal for academics frustrated by the bureaucratic inflexibility of…