13.0531 evaluating WWW materials

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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 531.
          Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

            Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2000 07:53:06 -0500 (CDT)
            From: Eric Johnson <johnsone@jupiter.dsu.edu>
            Subject: Evaluation of WWW materials

    Mark Davies said:
    > We are in the process of revising the promotion and evaluation
    > procedures in all of the departments at Illinois State University, and I
    > have been asked by a committee to get input from individuals at other
    > institutions concerning how non-peer-reviewed, web-based materials
    > could/should be evaluated by the institution.

       Some of the best sources of online information on a variety of subjects
    have been created by faculty. There ought to be some means of giving the
    creators credit toward academic advancement.

       As you note, non-peer-reviewed materials on the web might be considered
    as a contribution to scholarship or teaching, but there are strong
    objections to doing so since such materials are very different from
    traditional scholarship and teaching. Perhaps the creation of online
    materials might be considered as service (a common third category of
    evaluation for faculty).

       As far as documentation of use and of acceptance by the scholarly
    community, the faculty member might list the sites that contain links to
    the material -- along with any annotation (for example, "The best
    web-based corpus of words of historical Spanish texts can be found at
    http:// ...").

       --Eric Johnson
         Professor and Dean
         Dakota State University

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