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Exploring the Use of ‘Acknowledgement Analysis’ to Map Intellectual Diversity and Cross-disciplinary Activity Within the iSchools

Beaton, Brian and Jeng, Wei and Champagne, Ryan (2014) Exploring the Use of ‘Acknowledgement Analysis’ to Map Intellectual Diversity and Cross-disciplinary Activity Within the iSchools. In: iConference 2014, 04 March 2014 - 07 March 2014, Berlin, Germany.

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Abstract

Fostering intellectual diversity in the iSchools is a critical task and central to the unique iSchool vision. However, beyond recent efforts to track hiring patterns and figure out the representation of various disciplines within the iSchool community, there is currently a lack of empirical research about cross-disciplinary activity within iSchool faculties. In this research note, which seeks to build on and complicate a recent paper by Wiggins and Sawyer (2012), we foreground the various zones and activities that make up everyday iSchool life instead of discussing the iSchool as a coherent unit. Specifically, we examine faculty involvement with the dissertation production process as a potentially key zone of cross-disciplinary faculty contact and exchange. We also explore the use of “acknowledgement analysis,” a relatively unexplored method for studying academic social networks. Our findings, based on analyzing the acknowledgements of every dissertation published in 2010 (N=78) by a sample of 15 research-intensive iSchools, suggest that the dissertation production process is a site of cross-disciplinary activity but not evenly so across the various disciplines populating the iSchools. Some discipline areas within the iSchools engage in cross-disciplinary exchange more frequently than others and with a more diverse array of intellectual interlocutors.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Beaton, Brian
Jeng, Weiwej9@pitt.eduWEJ9
Champagne, Ryanrkc12@pitt.eduRKC12orcid.org/0000-0001-8892-7828
Date: 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: iConference 2014 Proceedings
Page Range: 700 - 707
Event Title: iConference 2014
Event Dates: 04 March 2014 - 07 March 2014
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.9776/14330
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Official URL: https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/bitstream/handle/2...
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 14:16
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:02
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20868

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