Now in the second day, it's been a fantastic conference at the University of Leiden. Today I attended Linda Butler's presentation on "An alternative to WoS subject categories: redefining journal sets for closer alignment to a national classification scheme." In particular she discussed the case in Australia, as the issue of journal classification particularly came to light with the recent activities of the REF. And it was found that existing Scopus and WoS classification schemes did not seem to align all to well with the Australian FoR (Fields of Research). The presentation underscored for me the ongoing struggles amongst governments, academia, publishers and data providers to try to speak a similar language when we're all trying to evolve at the same time with a rapidly growing world of globalization and digitalization.
Can one "global language" of classifications apply to all? Who determines this? Is a level of regionalization good, and is it possible one could be accommodated within a larger, more standardized system?
P.S.. If you are here in Leiden be sure to visit the Thomson Reuters table - we have complimentary reports, gifts and white papers