By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- New research on Information Technology is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating from Ann Arbor, Michigan, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "The scientific community of researchers in a research specialty is an important unit of analysis for understanding the field-specific shaping of scientific communication practices. These scientific communities are, however, a challenging unit of analysis to capture and compare because they overlap, have fuzzy boundaries, and evolve over time."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Michigan, "We describe a network analytic approach that reveals the complexities of these communities through the examination of their publication networks in combination with insights from ethnographic field studies. We suggest that the structures revealed indicate overlapping subcommunities within a research specialty, and we provide evidence that they differ in disciplinary orientation and research practices. By mapping the community structures of scientific fields we increase confidence about the domain of validity of ethnographic observations as well as of collaborative patterns extracted from publication networks thereby enabling the systematic study of field differences. The network analytic methods presented include methods to optimize the delineation of a bibliographic data set to adequately represent a research specialty and methods to extract community structures from this data."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "We demonstrate the application of these methods in a case study of two research specialties in the physical and chemical sciences."
For more information on this research see: The Extraction of Community Structures from Publication Networks to Support Ethnographic Observations of Field Differences in Scientific Communication. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2013;64(12):2405-2427. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1532-2890)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T. Velden, University of Michigan, Sch Informat, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, United States.
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