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The dawn of research networking

The dawn of research networking

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Science in general, and biomedical research in particular, is becoming more collaborative. As a result, collaboration with the right individuals, teams and institutions is increasingly crucial for scientific progress. We propose “research networking systems” (RNS) as a new type of system designed to help scientists identify and choose collaborators, and suggest a corresponding research agenda.
Science in general, and biomedical research in particular, is becoming more collaborative. As a result, collaboration with the right individuals, teams and institutions is increasingly crucial for scientific progress. We propose “research networking systems” (RNS) as a new type of system designed to help scientists identify and choose collaborators, and suggest a corresponding research agenda.

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The dawn of research networking: A proposed research agenda
Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD1, Brian Butler, PhD2, Mei Song, PhD1, Heiko Spallek, DMD, PhD1
1University 2University

of Pittsburgh of Maryland

“Finally, I'm sorry to say that the paper is written in a very bland, boring manner. It is filled with "tion" words and passive voice. Nothing happens in this paper!”
Reviewer 1, Schleyer et al.., Conceptualizing and advancing research networking systems. ACM TOCHI, in print
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Why the “dawn” of research networking?”
• 2006: ~3 of 12 initial CTSA proposals included “research networking” • NCRR et al.: “Where is the problem?”

• $12m VIVO grant award • high rate of academic and industry innovation (look around)
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Objective of the paper
• review literature of multiple disciplines • stimulate foundational research on research networking systems by: • proposing claims and corresponding research questions

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Definition
“Research Networking Systems (RNS) are systems which support individual researchers’ efforts to form and maintain optimal collaborative relationships for conducting productive research within a specific context.”

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Four key areas for RNS

•Foundations •Presentation •Architecture •Evaluation

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Foundations
• project-, institution- and discipline-specific motivational factors • the role of social networks • Impression formation based on information beyond expertise and interest •…

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Presentation
• representing expertise in a comprehensive and up-to-date manner • role of controlled vocabularies and folksonomies • tension between seeker’s need and collaborators’ privacy • serendipitous discovery of collaboration opportunities •…
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Architecture
• information aggregation and synthesis from multiple sources • research networking system interoperability • integration with user’s workflow •…

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Evaluation
• assessment of collaboration decisions • measurement of user-specific costs and benefits • large-scale impact of RNS • longitudinal and naturalistic evaluation methods •…

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Claim 2: Exploiting social networks is essential for efficient and effective research networking.

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Social network questions
• determining and maintaining information about researchers’ social and collaborative networks • refining implicit relationships, such as coauthorship • applying explicit relationship identification in RNSs • avoiding “colleague inflation”

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Claim 5: RNS must represent individuals’ expertise, interests and activities using controlled terminologies.

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Brother Folksonomy

VS

Mr. Taxonomy

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Controlled terminology questions
• representing expertise and interests in domains without widely accepted controlled terminologies • role of folksonomies and social tagging in expressing content • combining controlled and user-generated terms • effect of controlled terminologies on motivation to use RNSs
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Claim 6: RNSs must allow users to search and visualize researcher profiles in multiple ways.

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Picking collaborators from a stack of CVs …

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Questions about searching and visualizing profiles
• supporting different strategies for locating collaborators • basing strategies on information artifacts, general profiles and/or network structures • applying filters and faceted searches • minimizing user effort through search algorithms

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Claim 9: RNSs must integrate information from multiple systems, make use of metainformation such as indexing terms to synthesize the information and present results in a cohesive manner.
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Databases

Social Media
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Informal sources
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Information integration and synthesis questions
• interfacing with multiple sources and aggregating data • synthesizing different information artifacts • role of information attributes
– – – – – – currency validity representation scheme level of abstraction audience …
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Claim 10: RNS must integrate seamlessly with an individual’s workflow and the software applications that are part of it.

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Integrating seamlessly with workflow
• leveraging researcher activities continuously to facilitate profile creation and maintenance • developing RNS interoperability • developing standards for information exchange

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www.direct2experts.org

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Claim 11: Evaluating RNS search results requires metrics which combine traditional information retrieval measures with those specific to collaboration.
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Evaluation of RNS questions
• applicability of recall and precision without a gold standard • appropriate model(s) of collaboration and information seeking • metrics for assessing the outcome of a search for a collaborator
– long-term natural experiments – multiple measurements – impact factor v. nanopublications?
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Conclusion
• moving RNSs forward requires broad but integrated research program • CSCW, HCI, social science and others essential to progress • rapid, iterative cycle between foundational research, design, implementation and evaluation

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Thank You for Your Attention!
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