Web of Science Data Forum:
Driving Research, Assessment and Evaluation

Better data. Better decisions.

The Web of Science Data Forum, September 10th, Berlin

Join us for this exclusive event featuring experts and thought leaders in research assessment and evaluation.

This one-day workshop jointly hosted by DZHW, Humboldt-University and the Web of Science Group brings together experts and thought leaders in data analytics and bibliometrics who will share their experiences exploring how better data leads to better decisions and outcomes.

Web of Science data is uniquely selective, based on an independent editorial process combined with over 50 years of essential, accurate and unique curation, resulting in our unparalleled data structure.  Every article from every journal has been indexed creating a comprehensive and complete data network trusted by 100% of LERU institutions, 98% of academic European consortia and major research councils such as the European Research Council and governmental bodies such as Research England and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).
Come and learn how Web of Science’s raw XML and APIs can help accelerate your research outcomes with confidence.

Places are limited so please secure your place early and receive your confirmation.


Giovanni Abramo
Technology Research Director
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)

Giovanni Abramo is Technological Research Director, Head of the Laboratory for Studies in Research Evaluation at the
Institute for System Analysis and Computer Science (IASI-CNR) of the National Research Council of Italy. He is also
Honorary Professor, Waikato Management School, New Zealand and Adjunct Professor of Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. His research interests focus on evaluative bibliometrics.

Dag Aksnes
Research Professor
Nordic Institute for studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU)

Dag W. Aksnes is research professor at the Nordic Institute for studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU), Norway, and affiliated with the Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies. Aksnes’ research covers various topics within the field of bibliometrics, such as citation analysis and assessment of research performance.

Alex Fenton
Das Deutsche Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW) and Humboldt University

Alex Fenton is a researcher at DZHW, Berlin and a postdoc in the research group ‘Reflexive Metrics’ at the Humboldt University of Berlin. His PhD (Sociology, Hannover 2018) investigated the contemporary history of official poverty measurement in Britain and Germany. He was previously Research Fellow and Research Associate at the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge.

Orion Penner
Ambizione Fellow
Chair of Innovation and IP Policy
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Orion Penner is an interdisciplinary researcher studying innovation, science, and in particular the career trajectories of academic researchers. His work has been published in Science, PNAS and Research Policy.

Jonathan Adams
Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)
Web of Science Group

Professor Jonathan Adams is Director at the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), a part of Clarivate Analytics. He is also a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, Policy Institute, and was awarded an Honorary D.Sc. in 2017 by the University of Exeter, for his work in higher education and research policy.

Caroline Birkle (Host)
Managing Director Research Office
Web of Science Group

Caroline Birkle is Managing Director of Clarivate Analytics in Germany and Managing Director of the Research Office for the Web of Science Group. She joined Clarivate Analytics in April 2018 and has over a decade of experience at Thieme Gruppe, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Thomson Reuters before moving to Holtzbrinck Publishers.

Joseph Brightbill
Technology Lead for Custom Data
Web of Science Group

Joseph Brightbill is the technology lead for Custom Data projects and XML in the Web of Science Group of Clarivate Analytics. He has been with the company for nine years, starting in the Research Services Group working on both InCites 1.x and custom projects centered around bibliometric data from the Web of Science, InCites2, Essential Science Indicators, Journal Citation Reports and more. He graduated from Drexel University in 2012 with a BS in computer science.

Simon Thomson
Senior Scientific Analyst
Web of Science Group

Simon Thomson is leading Clarivate Analytics’ project to deliver citation data and support services to REF 2021. He also heads the Web of Science Group’s consulting team in the UK and Europe, and over the past decade has directed research evaluation projects for governments, funders and research institutions globally. He has a PhD is in Structural Biology and has worked in information services and pharmaceutical research.

Event details

  • Date September 10th, 2019
  • Time 9am  Arrivals and coffee
  • Location Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin, Hauptgebäude (main building), Hörsaal (room) 2094, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin


  • 09:00- 10:00 Registration arrival, coffee and networking
  • 10:00- 10:15 Welcome  Caroline Birkle | Web of Science Group
  • 10:15- 10.45 Demonstrating the uses of science in international standardisation by linking standards’ bibliographies to Web of Science data Alex Fenton | DZHW
  • 10:45- 11:15  Web of Science Data in the Chair of Innovation and IP Policy at EPFL Orion Penner | EPFL
  • 11:15- 11:45 What ISI does in the shadows Jonathan Adams | ISI
  • 11.45- 13.00 LUNCH 
  • 13.00- 13.30 Technical overview and use cases to support science discovery Joseph Brightbill | Web of Science Group
  • 13.30- 14.00 Strategic Data Solutions for Research Evaluation and Assessment Simon Thomson | Web of Science Group
  • 14.00- 14.30 Measuring research productivity at individual, discipline, and institutional levels Giovanni Abramo | CNR
  • 14.30- 15.00 Working with Web of Science data for evaluating and monitoring research – examples and experiences from Norway Dag Aksnes | NIFU

What topics will be discussed?

Speaker sessions on the day will cover the following themes and topics, designed to encourage shared experience and best practice among all attendees.

  • How access to our selective and structured data leads to better results and decisions
  • An overview of European and global research activities in which our bibliometric data has played an important role
  • How Web of Science data available in XMLs and APIs can be integrated into your organization
  • How better data provides you with a robust decision model that helps you make predictions and gives you certainty in your decision making

Better data. Better decisions. Better outcomes.

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