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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012 


Analysis of Networks in Cyberinfrastructure-Enabled Research Communities: A Pilot Study
Mark Costa and Jian Qin

Monday, 6:30pm


Summary

The advancement of cyberinfrastructure (CI) in the last two decades has resulted in shift in the way research is designed and conducted, as well as an increase in the scale of collaboration. These large-scale collaborative research projects have become common practice today. While a number of studies have been done to investigate the interdisciplinarity of collaboration, structure of scientific collaboration networks, and computational reasoning of scientific collaboration networks, few have investigated the collaboration patterns around CI-enabled research. That is, these studies were based on bibliographic relationships, such as co-authorship, co-citation, and bibliographic coupling. These measures were developed before the Internet age and never tested in the CI-enabled research environment, such as national and international data repositories and collaboration technologies. Although scientists increasingly engage in data-intensive research, little is known about collaboration networks that evolve around data repositories, much less about the similarity/dissimilarity between these new collaboration networks and those surrounding publication outputs. This work provides an overview of an ongoing pilot study analyzing the diffusion networks resulting from these research collaborations, as well as the associated diffusion of knowledge (e.g., patents) for a specific instance of CI-enabled research - GenBank.