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Groups in academic social networking services, An exploration of their potential as a platform for multi-disciplinary collaboration

Jung, SO and Wei, J (2011) Groups in academic social networking services, An exploration of their potential as a platform for multi-disciplinary collaboration. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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The importance of collaborations across geographical, institutional and/or disciplinary boundaries has been widely recognized in research communities, yet there exist a range of obstacles to such collaborations. This study is concerned with understanding the potential of academic social networking services (ASNS) as a medium or platform for cross-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary collaborations. Many ASNS sites allow scholars to form online groups as well as to build up their professional network individually. In this study, we look at the patterns of user participation in online groups in a ASNS site, Mendeley, with an emphasis on assessing the degree to which people from different disciplinary backgrounds gather in these groups. The results show that while there exists a need for better means to facilitate group formation and growth, the groups in Mendeley exhibit a great deal of diversity in their member composition in terms of disciplines. Overall, the findings of this study support the argument that online social networking, especially ASNS, may foster multi-disciplinary collaborations by providing a platform for researchers from diverse backgrounds to find one another and cooperate on issues of common interests. © 2011 IEEE.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
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Jung, SO
Wei, J
Date: 1 December 2011
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings - 2011 IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust and IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, PASSAT/SocialCom 2011
Page Range: 545 - 548
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1109/passat/socialcom.2011.202
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780769545783
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Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 21:08
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2021 16:55


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