Mapping the temporal evolution of scientific community structures

Theresa Velden, Kan Yu, Shiyan Yan, Carl Lagoze
<span title="">2014</span> <i title="Wiley"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/tjf7dsd72ffqhcyw5p5me7666q" style="color: black;">Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology</a> </i> &nbsp;
We present results from tracking the temporal evolution of community structures within a research specialty. This extends our previous work in which we generated static community maps that combine co-author networks and direct citation networks derived from 20-years of publications in the research specialty. Here, we explore how the temporal evolution of these maps can be used to provide insights into the historical evolution of a field as well as extract more accurate snapshots of the
more &raquo; ... structures at a given point in time. Such time resolved mappings are an important component in our mixed method approach that integrates network analysis with ethnographic field studies to investigate field-specific communication and collaboration behaviors in scientific communities . Evaluating these maps in qualitative interviews with field experts will be the next step in our research.
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