UPDATES March 2017: MORE
MORE (Mobility Survey of the Higher Education Sector) is arguably the most comprehensive empirical study of researcher mobility available. The study targets researchers working in different fields at higher education institutes in the EU and associated countries. It provides internationally comparable data on personal characteristics and education, current employment and working conditions, as well as range of measures on international (and sector) mobility, including factors that influence mobility, and effects that can be linked to researcher mobility. MORE also has a longitudinal dimension. It currently consists of a proto-study (MORE I in 2009), a fully-fledge study (MOREII in 2012) while a third iteration is under way and should be available in 2018 (MOREIII). The MOREII dataset (available here) includes 10,500 responses stratified by country and field of science. The MOREI study (4,500 responses) can also be provided by the RISIS infrastructure upon request.
Over the last 6 months, researcher mobility data (MOREI and MOREII) were acquired, prepared, and described. We presented some base-line information about the MOREII data at RISIS week 2016 in Amsterdam. Following a quality assessment round by WP25, the MORE Facility was opened in the second quarter of 2016. The preparation of the data principally involved Eric Iversen and Pål Børing from NIFU along with IDEA Consult (BE) to gain access to MOREII data and to make it ready for opening.
Since opening, the MORE Facility has fielded the requests of 4 teams of researchers, one of which was asked to elaborate their documentation in order to gain access to the data. Upon signature of the release forms, the datasets were opened for three teams. Work is ongoing in these projects.
In addition, we have engaged in outreach with the research community. In April 2016, we presented some findings from the RISIS infrastructure during a presentation on research mobility for the Changing Academic Profession (CAP) work-group. In September 2016, we sent more information to the CAP work-group encouraging them to about the MORE Facility through RISIS. Several teams voiced interest: we will follow this up in our concerted outreach efforts this year.
The data was matched to ETER (WP13) in the second quarter of 2016. NIFU had a visit to Ingenio (partner in WP23) to collaborate on the conceptual paper on research Careers (Cañibano, R Woolley, E Iversen, S Hinze, S Hornbostel, J Tesch (2016) A conceptual framework for studying science research careers). This paper was presented at the STI conference, Valencia, Spain; more recently it has been submitted to a journal. We have also discussed with DZHW (also a partner in WP23) the potential for joint work with ProFile. This led to the presentations at the RISIS Week in Vienna. More recently, the MORE Facility has gained access to the link to the Leiden Ranking in order to articulate a new paper. Work on this paper will coincide with the renewed focus on outreach scheduled for this year.