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European Educational Research Association (EERA)
(Free University of Berlin, Arnimallee 12, 14195 Berlin, Germany; Tel. +49 30 83854978; Fax +49 30 838 55278; www.eera-ecer.eu )

Through its membership, including individual educational researchers as well as the national research associations such as BERA, EERA will be responsible for assisting the identification of key educational resources and publishers. EERA through its former President Prof. Dr. Ingrid Gogolin and other EERA- as well as EERQI-team members (Prof. Dr. Wim Jochems, Prof. Dr. David Bridges and Prof. Dr. Lisbeth Lundahl) will be responsible for ensuring the validity of testing procedures as well as providing the results for scientific verification. EERA contacts will serve to disseminate copyright and intellectual property rights information and obtain feedback from the scientific community in the later stages of the project.

Berlin School of Library and Information Science (BSLIS)
(Mailing address: Humboldt University of Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin, Germany; Visiting address: Humboldt University of Berlin, Dorotheen Str. 26, 10117 Berlin, Germany; tel: +49 30-2093 -4481; fax: + 49 30-2093-4335; www.ibi.hu-berlin.de )

Contributions to EERQI:
Humboldt University was founded in Berlin in 1810, and the foundation concept put forward by Wilhelm von Humboldt made it the „mother of all modern universities“. This concept envisaged a „Universitas litterarum“ which would achieve a unity of teaching and research and provide students with an all-round humanist education.
The Berlin School of Library and Information Science (IBI) at Humboldt- University is the only department at a research university in Germany which offers students the opportunity not only to study library and information science at university but also to obtain a Ph.D or additional post-doctoral qualification in this field.
Research at at IBI is a blend of traditional fields of library science and recent developments. Maintaining traditional research fields at IBI goes along with intense work in the field of digital libraries focussed on questions of long-term preservation of digital data, on developing a network of open access repositories and recommander-systems based on the OAI protocol for metadata harvesting as well as tools for electronic publishing. An additional focus is the building of Europeana, the European Digital Library, where IBI is leading work on technical and semantic interoperability. The interaction between humans and technologies within the field of information and knowledge management is the centre of research and teaching at IBI.
Because of its good infrastructure, excellent European and international cooperation ties, as well as considerable experience within the field of social science and the humanities, IBI plays an importent role in the EERQI project. As well as assuring the technical coordination in general, IBI will more specifically be responsible for WP 6.

The persons from IBI directly involved in EERQI:
Stefan Gradmann, Professor of Library and Information Science (with a focus on knowledge management) at Humboldt- University. He is the Technical Coordinator of the EERQI project. He studied Greek, Philosophy and German literature in Paris and Freiburg (Brsg.) and received a Ph.D. in 1986. He then took a postgraduate course in scientific librarianship in Cologne. Afterwards, Stefan worked as scientific librarian at State and University Library in Hamburg, as director of the GBV Library Network and as product manager and senior consultant for Pica B.V. He has been the head of the information management unit (VCB) at Hamburg University and deputy director of the university's computing centre (RRZ). He was the Project Director of the GAP (German Academic Publishers) Project and technical co-ordinator of the EC funded project FIGARO. Besides his regular research and teaching he is leading work on technical and semantic interoperability as part of Europeana.
Jenny Sieber studied Library and Information Science and Theology at Humboldt University. She is currently preparing a doctoral thesis on ethical aspects of quality evaluation in the humanities and social science and is assisting with the co-ordination of technical aspects.
Additionally, at least two more dissertations pertaining to EERQI will be supervised by Stefan Gradmann: one on concepts of authorship and textuality in a scientometric perspective and one on technical modelling of quotation and referencing. The respective authors will be named once the formal procedure is started.

British Educational Research Association (BERA) (Association House, South Park Road Macclesfield, SK11 6SH, UK; tel. +441625504062; fax +441625267879; www.bera.ac.uk )

Contribution to EERQI:
The British Educational Research Association ( www.bera.ac.uk ) is able to bring a wide range of resources to EERQI project through a membership which is engaged in the processes of research evaluation at the levels of paper and book review; the assessment of research project proposals (e.g. on behalf of the Research Councils); personnel selection and promotion and departmental evaluation (e.g as part of the UK’s national Research Assessment Exercise). In this context it will contribute in particular to:

  • the development, refinement and interpretation of research quality criteria and their application;
  • examination of the validity and reliability of research quality indicators;
  • understanding and examination of the possible application of selected indicators in national and institutional systems of research assessment;
  • consideration of the possible unintended as well as intended consequences of employing selected quality criteria and indicators in working situations.

The persons from BERA directly involved in EERQI:

Prof. Dr. David Bridges
, a philosopher and empirical researcher, has been a member of the Education Panel for both the 2001 and 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercises – and has also conducted a mock Research Assessment under Hong Kong regulations for the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Education. He has authored a number of published papers on research quality assessment including (2006) "The international and the excellent in educational research" in eds. P.Smeyers and M. Depaepe, Educational Research: Why ‘what works’ doesn’t work, Dordrecht, Springer. His substantial account of the UK RAE Exercise and issues arising out of it may be found on the EERQI website. As Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of East Anglia and then Director of the Association of Universities in the East of England ( a membership association of twelve higher education institutions) he has been able to develop a strategic as well as locally informed view of the impact of research assessment processes on higher education.
Jeremy Hoad is Chief Executive of BERA with strategic insight into the relations between the educational research community and funding and "user" bodies at national level. He is also responsible for the management of the formal and contractual relations between BERA and the EERQI Project.

Institute for Science Networking Oldenburg GmbH (ISN) (Ammerländer Heerstraße 121, 26129 Oldenburg, Germany; tel.: +49 441 798 2884; fax: +49 441 798 5851; www.isn-oldenburg.de )

The Institute for Science Networking Oldenburg (ISN) develops novel services and tools for the networking of scientific information resources. The ISN develops and operates, on behalf of learned societies, internet portals for science, technical research, humanities and its subject areas. The aim of the institute is to develop new concepts and services for the management of information in science and to advance them, according to international standards, as well as designing and programming online-document- and workflow-systems for research-institutions and libraries, particularly for those with distributed locations. The Institute for Science Networking cooperates closely with the Carl-von-Ossietzky University in Oldenburg and plays an active role in national, international and interdisciplinary boards and initiatives concerning standardization and information services for science and humanities. ISN serves a number of research projects of the Physics-Institute as well as numerous search engines of the university.

Contribution to EERQI:
The Institute for Science Networking will contribute to EERQI in various ways. First, the ISN will raise an internet-portal for providing information and novel services to the public. Besides this, a project-internal communication platform for the exchange of information between all participants will be developed and maintained for the project. Secondly, the institute takes part in a technical analysis of the document corpus, which will build a fundamental basis for creation of modules for the query engine. Third, ISN will contribute in developing a novel type of search engine for scientific papers, which will crawl for new documents and makes them available for searching, text mining and analysis. The EERQI-team of ISN will be led by Prof. Dr. Eberhard R. Hilf.
Michael Maune will be responsible for the project portal and will also take part in a technical analysis of the document corpus and contribute to the technical aspects of developing a novel type of search engine for scientific papers.
Thomas Severiens is Physicist and working in the field of Information Engineering since 1994. He is a member of the DCMI and of the DINI advisory board, teaching applied Mathematics and Information Engineering at the University of Osnabrück. He developed several field specific and strongly used online portal services like PhysNet and ViFaPhys for the Physics field. For more detailed information on his person and professional activities, visit his homepage at www.severiens.de .

XEROX SAS (XRCE) (6 chemin de Maupertuis, 38240, Meylan, France; tel: +33 (0)4 76 61 50 50; fax: +33 (0)4 76 61 50 99; http://xrce.xerox.com/home.en.html )

Contribution to EERQI:
Xerox Research Centre Europe’s (XRCE) primary activity is research aimed at increasing productivity in the workplace through new document technologies. While drawing on the strength of the Xerox Corporation around the world, XRCE's focus is Europe and document services. XRCE cooperates with the scientific community, with businesses and their customers to ensure that the technologies they develop are not only innovative, but also match the requirements of the marketplace. XRCE forms partnerships, collaborates with a wide range of European research organisations and works with the business divisions of Xerox. Its specific mission is to become a centre of excellence for the understanding of document processes and for the invention of technologies which support them. The research carried out at XRCE lies in the areas of data mining, multilingual natural language processing, document structures, image processing and work practices. The research area that participates in the EERQI project is the ‘Parsing and Semantics’ team. They are providing a set of tools and doing further project specific research and development.

Regional Computing Centre for Lower Saxony (RRZN) (Schloßwender Straße 5, 30159 Hannover, Germany; tel. +49 511.762 -3170 / -2883; fax: +49 511.762 -3003; www.rrzn.uni-hannover.de )

Contribution to EERQI:
The Regional Computing Centre for Lower Saxony belongs to the Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany (LUH). The main tasks of the RRZN are: Operation of powerful servers for scientific high performance computing, planning, installation and operation of communication networks at the LUH, support of decentralized information processing systems at the university institutes, planning, realization and operation of systems regarding IT security, development of innovative applications, participation in the German Grid initiative D-Grid, development, realization and operation of search engines.
The RRZN has more than 10 years of experience in search engine technology and development. The leading German meta-search engine www.metager.de has evolved at RRZN. This search engine has been in operation since 1997 and is continuously being improved through further development. It is included on the list of the TOP 20 most-used search engines in Germany ( www.webhits.de ) . Besides meta-search engine technology, web crawling and indexing techniques have also been developed at the RRZN: the search engine www.researchportal.net was developed in the period of 2000-2005 and is now used by the computer centre of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Furthermore, many small-scale search engines for special topics have been developed and are in operation. All this work has been carried out by the group „SearchEngineLab“ ( www.rrzn.uni-hannover.de/suchmaschinen.html ).
In addition to search engine techniques, several assisting Internet tools have been developed and operated by the SearchEngineLab, one of which is the “Web Associator”. It investigates the word environment of the search terms and suggests related words and synonyms completely automatically generated from the web documents to the user. The results of the SearchEngineLab have been presented in numerous publications, presentations and speeches, as well as in TV and radio broadcasts.

The people involved are:
Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Sander-Beuermann, head of the SearchEngineLab since 1997, leads the EERQI work package No. 5 (Search Engine Development). He has held numerous talks about search engines i.e. as invited speaker at the 7th German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, held by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: "The State of the Art of Searching the Web" in Washington D.C. from 28.4.-1.5.2004 and published about the subject such as for the Proceedings of the Internet Summit of the Internet Society (ISOC): "The Further Development of Meta-Search Engine Technology", Geneva, 21.-24.7.1998.
Sybille Peters studied computer science and is a senior software developer with experience in embedded systems, multimedia and search engines. She joined the SearchEngineLab in 2008 and is working full-time for the project EERQI.

Deutsches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung (DIPF) (Schloßstr. 29, D-60486 Frankfurt, Germany; Tel.: +49 69 24708-330; Fax: +49 69 24708-328; www.dipf.de )

The German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) is a documentation, support, advisory and research centre with national and European interests. The “Informationszentrum Bildung" (Centre for Information on Education), one of five work units, has a unique nationwide position as a provider of bibliographic and internet information services to educational researchers and practitioners. Products like "Deutscher Bildungsserver/German Education Server" and "FIS Bildung Literaturdatenbank" are standard services for the whole German speaking area, and they are a gateway for foreign users to the German education system. DIPF is currently conducting a national bibliometric project “Innovative bibliometric approaches for continuous observation of social sciences publications” (2007-2009) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Contribution to the EERQI project:
DIPF will support EERA by supplying its contacts in the field of educational science, conduct research on evaluation indicators in similar projects and evaluation bodies, and write a report on the findings (WP 3). In WP 8 DIPF will provide various basis scenarios and experience with content clustering to support the development of semantic and linguistic quality assessment methodologies. DIPF will also assist in integrating available language concordances for multilingual search (WP 9). Furthermore, DIPF will be involved in the determination of the transferability of the project results to another field in the social sciences (WP 12).

People involved:
Alexander Botte, Deputy Director, Information Centre Education (including responsibility for German national Database FIS-Bildung). Alex is a former teacher and was trained as a scientific documentalist. He is now deputy chief of the Department “Information Centre: Education” at DIPF. Since 1979, he has been working with bibliographic databases on educational topics and since 1992 he has been project manager of the German Education Index, a cooperative initiative of more than 30 documentation units of research and higher education institutions in the German-speaking countries. Since 1999, Alex has also been project manager of the German Education Server, an online portal for educational research and practice. He has been involved in the Network 12 “Information Services and Libraries” since 1998 and has been personally involved in bibliometrics projects since 2003. Publications include “Achievement or performance: observation of productivity of educational research by bibliometric tools. A state-of-the-art-report”, paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, University of Crete, 22-25 September 2004, ( www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/documents/00003714.htm ).
Prof. Dr. Marc Rittberger, Director, Information Centre Education. Marc has studied physics and information science and has his main research interests in the field of information retrieval and information quality. He is President of the “Academic Association of Information Science” in Germany. He started working in the field of specialized information in 1985. After heading a technology transfer center in Konstanz he had a professorship at the Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf in 2002. He taught information science at the HEG Genève for three years until 2005. Since 2005, he holds a professorship at the Applied University of Darmstadt in the field of information management. Marc is deputy director of the DIPF and besides the Information Centre: Education he heads the Libraries of History of Education and Educational Research at the DIPF. Publications: Rittberger, Marc: Vertrauen und Qualität in Informationsdienste. In: Hammwöhner, R., Rittberger, Marc, and Semar, W. (eds.): Wissen in Aktion. Konstanz: UVK Verlagsgesellschaft (2004), pp. 153-165.
Angela Vorndran (M.A., MLIS) will be the contact person for the EERQI Project. She has studied Scandinavian Studies, English and Economics and obtained a Master´s degree in Library and Information Science. She has been employed specifically for the EERQI Project and joined the DIPF in April 2008.

Eindhoven School of Education (ESoE) (Campus TU/e, Traverse 3.41, P.O.Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, the Netherlands ; tel.:+ 31 40 2473095; fax: + 31 40 2473579; www.esoe.nl )

Eindhoven School of Education is a joint institute of Fontys University of Applied Sciences and Eindhoven University of Technology. The school offers an MSc program in Science education and communication. It conducts scientific research in the field of educational sciences, more specifically the innovation of science and technology education. Finally, ESoE supports and promotes educational innovations in educational institutions through consultancy and joint projects.
The research of Eindhoven School of Education focuses on expertise development of beginning teachers, based on their experiences in the practice of teaching. The main question is how the development of teachers from novices into experts in education can be promoted based in the principle of learning on the working place. This theme is specifically studied in the domain of science and technology education, as the expertise development of teachers is strongly related to the content of the education and the way in which this content is handled in an educational and pedagogical sense. All forms of teaching of science and technology, including the introduction of technology in primary schools, are included.

ESoE is a very young institute - it was founded in 2006 - and now has about 20 staff and 35 PhD students with a background in educational sciences and in science education.

The researcher involved in the EERQI-project is Prof. Dr. Wim Jochems. He is the dean of Eindhoven School of Education and professor in educational innovation and technology. His interests concern research and development of resources to improve learning processes and effects, especially with respect to science and technology education. He has published in many international and national journals and books. Wim Jochems also is one of the office bearers of the European Educational Research Association, one of the main participants in the EERQI project.

ITS, Radboud University (Toernooiveld 5, NL, 6525 ED, Nijmegen; tel.: + 31 243653558; fax: + 31 243653599; www.its-nijmegen.nl , www.ou.nl )
Personal websites:
www.onderzoekinformatie.nl/en/oi/nod/onderzoeker/PRS1265804
www.ru.nl/onderzoek/onderzoekers/overzicht/vm/its/mooij_a_j
www.its-nijmegen.nl/medewerkers/index.asp?id=56 )

ITS is an independent institute, connected to Radboud University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands). The professional activities of ITS concern social scientific research, company research, policy advice, and knowledge transfer, utilising and developing most advantaged research and evaluation methods including ICT. The Institute accumulates expertise based on more than 40 years of research and development experience in education, healthcare, labour, mobility, social safety and security, and data collection, analysis, and presentation. The Institute employs researchers with broad expertise as well as various types of specialisations. Some 40 qualified staff with varying backgrounds work at ITS (mainly psychologists, sociologists, educationalists, linguists, health scientists, social geographers). If necessary, their expertise is augmented through collaboration with colleagues in other organisations or universities. ITS is a nonprofit organisation and provides clear agreements about approach, planning, budgets, and deadlines. The setting up and carrying out of an assignment are both arranged in close consultation with the client. ITS also is an agreeable and reliable partner in different types of international research and collaborative ventures.

Contribution to EERQI:
Radboud University (ITS) will contribute its expertise in evaluation design and ICT-based contextual or multilevel analysis. The senior researcher involved in the EERQI-project is Prof. Dr. Ton Mooij. He is an educational research manager at ITS and a professor of educational technology at the Open University of The Netherlands (Heerlen). His interests concern the development and research of integrated educational, organisational, and ICT conditions, to improve learning processes and effects in and around schools and other organisations. In 1998, Ton Mooij was a co-founder of the international research network ‘ICT in education and training’ of the ‘European Educational Research Association’ (EERA). Since then he has also been the chairman of this network. He participates in (inter)national scientific networks with respect to, e.g., social, emotional, and cognitive learning and ICT, and high ability. Furthermore, he is the project leader of the Dutch national ICT-based monitor on school safety in which about 88.000 secondary pupils, teachers and other staff, and school managers participate every second year. He has published in many international and national journals and books.

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Publishing (4 Park Square Milton Park Abingdon Oxfordshire OX1 44RN, UK; tel.: +44 (0) 20 7017 6000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7017 6336, www.informa.com )

Routledge, Taylor and Francis will supply the project with the delivery of relevant full texts and access to relevant electronic metadata for EERQI and participate in delineating the legal issues, as well as contribute to the EERQI Sustainability Plan. Graham Hobbs will be the main contact for the EERQI Project.

Symposium Publishing (PO Box 204, Didcot Oxford, UK, OX11 9ZQ, tel.: +44 1235 817 956, fax: +44 1235 817 275; www.symposium-journals.co.uk )

Symposium Journals are publishers of online-only journals concerned with educational research. We are contributing to the EERQI project by making available the full-text files and metadata for the complete past and future issues of all our journals. Our website at www.symposium-journals.eu provides very detailed information for our various journals, including the EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL ( www.wwwwords.eu/EERJ ), published on behalf of the European Educational Research Association. Symposium Books ( www.symposium-books.co.uk ), a sister company, is a specialist publisher in the area of comparative and international education. The Symposium Journal’s publisher is Mr. Roger Osborn-King.

VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (Abraham-Lincoln-Str. 46, 65189 Wiesbaden, Germany; tel.: +49 611.7878-368; fax +49 611.7878-453; www.vs-verlag.de )

With more than 400 new publications each year, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften is the leading publisher in the social sciences in the German-speaking realm. The program includes the fields of sociology, political science, communication studies, education science, social work, and psychology. A number of renowned scholarly journals such as the Kölner Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, Politische Vierteljahresschrift (PVS), Publizistik, Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft (ZfE), and SozialExtra are also part of the publisher's list. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften was created in 2004 by merging two traditional social science publishers, namely Westdeutscher Verlag (founded in 1947) and Leske+Budrich (founded in 1974). VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften is a company in the specialist publishing group Springer Science+Business Media.

Contribution to the EERQI-Project:
Our contribution to the project as a publisher is to make our content accessible to those who are developing appropriate methods as well as databases for evaluation in the social sciences. Reinald Klockenbusch, Publishing Director: "As a scientific publisher, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften is a partner of the scientific community in sharing the aim that there should be further approaches and intelligent ways of measuring scientific quality. Innovative steps in this direction will lead to fairer competition within the scientific disciplines, thus enhancing the quality and visibility of our publications within the scientific world."

People involved in EERQI:
Reinald Klockenbusch, Publishing Director VS Verlag. After studying Philosophy, Physics, History of Science, and Education at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Dr. phil. Reinald Klockenbusch started his career as Editorial Manager for computer books at the renowned publishing house Vieweg in Wiesbaden in 1987. Since then, he has worked in different positions for a multitude of scientific disciplines within the publishing group. He was named Publishing Director of VS in 2008. For more information see www.vs-verlag.de/index.php;do=sc/sid=1b30c8025529784da50fe4a9f2cfaa75/si... .

Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education (FTE) (901 87 UMEÅ, Sweden, tel.: +46 90-786 6443; fax: +46 90-786 6511; www.educ.umu.se )

The Faculty of Teacher Education (FTE) at Umeå University has the overall responsibility for teacher education and research on teacher education and educational work. Approximately 3000 students and 160 lecturers and researchers are currently active within the faculty.

Contribution to EERQI:
The main task of the FTE in the EERQI project lies in WP 4 and 10 (workshops) and will pertain to the specification of new quality assessment indicators and methods, verification of results. The team from Umeå University includes four senior researchers and a reference group:

People involved in EERQI:
Professor Lisbeth Lundahl, Department of Child and Youth Education, Special Education and Counselling leads this endeavor. She has been the Secretary General of European Educational Research Association (EERA) in 2005-2008. Her main fields of research are Swedish and comparative education politics, politics of youth, and school-to-work transitions.
Professor Brian Hudson, Department of Interactive Media and Learning is core group member of the Umeå Centre for Research in Mathematics Education. He is also main convenor of the Didactics, Learning and Teaching Network of the European Educational Research Association (EERA). His main fields of research are ICT and learning, mathematics education and comparative education on didactics, learning and teaching.
Professor Per-Olof Erixon, Department of Creative Studies. He is a member of the Committee of Educational Sciences within the Swedish Research Council and has for several years been editing Swedish, as well as international journals. His main fields of research are teaching language and the aesthetics in a multimodal and media society.
Research fellow Linda Rönnberg, Department of Political Science. Her research interests concern governance, education policy and politics of education. Her current research focuses on the rise of educational output control (school inspection) and marketisation in education.
In addition, a reference group of 20 faculty members representing a wide range of subfields within research on teacher education and teacher profession will provide feedback to the project and its results.
The senior researchers have extensive experience of assessing scientific quality within their different fields of expertise, in Great Britain and in Sweden. For instance, they are members of research councils, editors, referees of scientific journals and employment committees and thus have far-reaching knowledge of academic assessment.

Swiss Society for Research in Education (SSRE) - Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Bildungsforschung, (SGBF) (c/o Schweizerische Koordinationsstelle für Bildungsforschung, Entfelderstrasse 61, CH-5000 Aarau, Tel. +41 62 835 23 90; Fax +41 62 835 23 99; http://www.sgbf.ch ) and the
Institut de Recherche et de Documentation Pédagogique (IRDP) (Faubourg de l’Hôpital 43, Case postale 556, CH-2002 Neuchâtel, Tél +41 32 8898601, Fax +41 32 8896971, www.irdp.ch )

The Swiss Society for Research in Education was set up in 1975 and now has some 450 members from all scientific disciplines that are relevant for education.
It is a member of the Schweizerischen Akademie für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften / Académie Suisse des Science Sociales et Humaines (SAGW/ASSH) and the European Educational Research Association (EERA).
The Society organises an annual congress and continues its activities through its standing working parties over the rest of the year.
The SSRE publishes a series of books under the general title of “Explorationen” (Peter Lang Publishing Group) as well as the periodical “Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Bildungswissenschaften”/“Revue Suisse des Sciences de l’Education” (Former title: “Bildungsforschung und Bildungspraxis”, 1979–1999). The society also circulates an electronic newsletter as a means of ensuring good internal communication.

The IRDP (Institut de Recherche et de Documentation Pédagogique) is an institute dedicated to research and pedagogical documentation and an institution of the CIIP (Intercantonal Conference of Public Education in the French and Italian speaking parts of Switzerland).
The IRDP supports the work of the CIIP with evaluations, research projects and experts' reports. In charge of the coordination of education research, and as a leader in this field in the French speaking part of Switzerland, it is a place for educational debate in Latin Switzerland with the following aim: An ever-improving school, from the elementary degrees to higher education.
Its main fields of action are: Research coordination, scientific projects and their management, documentation, mandates, experts' reports. The IRDP is involved in training young researchers, notably by welcoming interns. It fosters joint efforts with similar institutions, both in Switzerland and abroad. It fulfils the administrative and scientific tasks of the Conseil de la Recherche en education-CRE (education research board).

Contribution to EERQI:
The Swiss Society for Research in Education (SSRE) and the Institut de Recherche et de Documentation Pédagogique (IRDP) are involved in EERQI in order to provide a link with Switzerland and French speaking Europe. Both institutions will identify existing resources which are the most relevant research in education. They will collect the main methods of analysis and evaluation currently used in the French speaking world. They will be involved in the definition of new indicators of quality. During the phase of adaptation to the multilingual European context, they will participate to the analyses of thesaurus and concordances, and also to a potential extension to languages other than the initial ones (Italian, Spanish or Portuguese). They will be responsible for the organisation of the last workshop, the goal of which is to submit the interim results to a panel of researchers in education.

People involved in EERQI:
Matthis Behrens, Director of IRDP and president of SSRE (since 2006). After having obtained a certificate as primary teacher, Matthis Behrens studied Educational Sciences at the University of Geneva. He is concerned with coordination of research in education, system evaluation and assessment, transition and vocational education.
Eva Roos, MA (linguistics and ethnology). Has worked several years in the field of applied linguistics (second language learning, bilingualism and multilingualism). At IRDP (Institut de recherche et de documentation pédagogique, Neuchâtel, Switzerland) since 2007. In charge of diverse evaluation projects, mostly linked to language issues.
Valérie Sauter, MA (human geography and sociology). Has worked on a National Research Program (NRP 54) as scientific collaborator at the University of Neuchâtel. At IRDP (Institut de recherche et de documentation pédagogique, Neuchâtel, Switzerland) since 2008. Works now on diverse evaluation projects (like tutorial system evaluation) with a sociological approach.

Lund University, University Libraries (Tornavägen 9a, 22100 Lund; tel: +46 462221530; fax: +46 462223682; www.lu.se )

The main activity of the Head Office of Lund University Libraries (LUB) is to manage and coordinate common resources and activities within the network of libraries at Lund University, such as the library catalogue, access to e-resources and the institutional repository of Lund University. In addition to this, the Head Office has also developed a bibliometric activity, primarily for the purpose of local research evaluations based on the institutional repository, but since 2007 LUB has also one full time research position oriented towards bibliometrics.

The bibliometric research performed at LUB is primarily conducted in a research project oriented towards mapping/visualization of research fields, where the main purpose is to investigate differences in-between various research fields in terms of what results can be reached and what analyses can be done; and relating these differences to more general theories on scholarly communication and the social and intellectual organisation of research.

Contribution to EERQI:
In the EERQI project, LUB’s contribution will be to test the methods and dataset developed within the project through bibliometric analyses such as co-citation and bibliographic coupling analyses, but also by matching citation and semantic analyses. Furthermore, by investigating the specific organisation of education research in terms of intellectual, social and communication structures, the applicability of metric indicators for research evaluation can be assessed and better understood.

The person directly involved in EERQI is:
Fredrik Åström. Fredrik has a position as research assistant at Lund University Libraries Head Office since 2007, pursuing his postdoctoral project on the visualisation of research fields. He obtained a Ph.D. in library and information science at Umeå University, Sweden in 2006. Fredrik has been publishing internationally in scientific journals and conference proceedings on issues in bibliometrics and science studies since 2002.

Barbara Budrich Publishers (Stauffenbergstr. 7, D-51379 Leverkusen Opladen; phone: +49 (0)2171 344 594; fax: +49 (0)2171 344 693; www.barbara-budrich.net )

Verlag Barbara Budrich - Barbara Budrich Publishers was founded by Barbara Budrich in 2004. As an academic publishing house, Barbara Budrich Publishers are by now well established in the fields of educational science, social work/social politics, international relations, political science, and sociology in Germany, Europe and beyond. The book list and journals include German as well as English language publications.

Contribution to EERQI:
Barbara Budrich Publishers will provide parts of the content that is needed as a basis for developing tools and methods of quality measurement within the EERQI project.

The person involved in EERQI:
Barbara Budrich. After her Masters degree in English language and literature, geography and sociology in Cologne, Berlin (both Germany) and St. Andrews (Scotland), and working with Harper & Row in Sydney (Australia), Barbara Budrich worked with her father’s publishing company Leske + Budrich, Opladen (Germany), for some ten years, until she founded her own publishing companies Verlag Barbara Budrich – Barbara Budrich Publishers, and only recently, Budrich UniPress. Both houses are located in Opladen (Germany) and have an office in the US (Farmington Hills, MI).

Waxmann Verlag GmbH, Münster, New York, München, Berlin (Steinfurter Str. 555, D-48046 Münster; Tel. 49 251 26504 0; www.waxmann.com )

Waxmann Publishing Co. is an international academic publishing house in Germany that specialises in publishing high-quality articles, books, series and journals from a wide variety of research disciplines. Our main emphasis is on the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences such as psychology and educational research comprising also the evaluation of educational theory and practice.

Contribution to EERQI:
As a contributing partner, we provide the EERQI project with the necessary full texts and metadata for the database. Furthermore, we support the project by designing and producing the flyer.

The person involved in EERQI:
Melanie Völker M.A. has a degree in English and Scandinavian Philology. She has been working at Waxmann since 2003 as an editor and represents the publishing house at national and international conference promoting the international orientation of Waxmann.
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Wiley-Blackwell Publishing (9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2DQ, UK; tel: +44(0) 1865 776868 fax: +44(0) 1865 714591; www.blackwellpublishing.com )

Wiley-Blackwell will supply the project with the delivery of relevant full texts and access to relevant electronic metadata for EERQI. Other publishers will be contacted to further increase the content base. Vicki Whittaker is Associate Editorial Director of Humanities and Social Sciences Journals at Blackwell Publishing.

XRCE has been developing linguistic technology since the early 90’s and has a suite of tools that can carry out basic to highly advanced linguistic analysis. Morphological analysers and part-of-speech taggers are available for 13 European languages, syntactic processing and more advanced semantic processing functionalities in a subset of these languages. More recently, XRCE has created technology that can perform advanced semantic and discourse analysis. Features include the semantic normalisation of syntactic structures, named entity recognition and typing, anaphora resolution and various kinds of content extraction.

In the EERQI project, Xerox’s multilingual morphological analysis will be integrated into the search engine. Syntactic and semantic processing as well as discourse analysis will be used to implement the automatic detection of new semantic quality indicators identified and developed in the project. These activities are carried out by members of the Xerox "Parsing and Semantics" (ParSem) research area headed by Dr. Frédérique Segond. The ParSem group participates in European and French national research projects with its expertise in all of these domains. Recent and current projects include Vikef, CACAO, SAPIR and Infom@gic.

The persons directly involved in EERQI are the following:
Each member of the ParSem team indirectly contributes to the EERQI project by their continuous development of the Xerox linguistic suite.
Frédérique Segond. Frédérique is the ParSem area manager at XRCE. She obtained a Ph.D. in applied mathematics at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Frédérique joined XRCE as a research scientist in 1993 and worked on LOCOLEX, an intelligent dictionary lookup (European project COMPASS). Within the PARGRAM (Parallel Grammars) project, she was responsible for the design and the implementation of a French lexical functional grammar. She then led the Lexical Sense Disambiguation project where she worked on the projects EAGLES, ROMANSEVAL and EuroWordNet. She has published more than 50 scientific articles and contributed to three books. Frédérique is also on the board of a number of scientific associations.
Ágnes Sándor. Ágnes is project leader in the ParSem research area. She has a Ph.D. in general pragmatics from the University of Lyon. She joined XRCE in 1996 as a research engineer. Her activities have included the construction of morphological analysers and part-of-speech taggers for several languages and participation in projects on information extraction in the biomedical domain. At present, she is focusing on discourse analysis and content extraction. She has published papers in all of these fields.
Gilbert Rondeau. Gilbert is a senior software engineer and expert of the Xerox linguistic engine. He will assist with the technical aspects of semantic and linguistic analysis.