[CITAMS] how far can scholarly networks go?
wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Wed Sep 21 12:56:58 EDT 2016
Congratulations to Guang Ying Mo and her coauthors who were recently awarded
one of the Emerald Literati Networks Award for Excellence, 2016!
Mo and her co-authors, Zach Hayat and Barry Wellman, received an Outstanding
Author Contribution Award in the Book Series, Studies in Media and
Communications. Their award-winning book chapter is: "How Far Can Scholarly
Networks Go? Examining the Relationships between Disciplines, Motivations, and
Presented by The Emerald Publishing Group, this award honours the top
contributions within the current years volume of a book series. According to
the award's literature, the winning chapters demonstrate: "a contribution of
something new to the body of knowledge, either in terms of approach or subject
matter; excellent structure and presentation and well-written text; rigour in
terms of argument or analysis; relevance to practice and further research, in
most cases; up-to-date demonstrating that the latest/key works in the field
have been cited; a work which is clearly within the editorial scope and remit
of the book series." In choosing the outstanding contribution, the editors are,
moreover, recognizing it as "of notable outstanding quality."
Congratulations again to Mo for her excellent work.
In recognition of the award, the publisher has made the full chapter open
access for the period of one year. We have pasted the abstract below.
Guang Ying Mo, Zack Hayat, Barry Wellman. "How Far can Scholarly Networks Go?
Examining the Relationships between Distance, Disciplines, Motivations, and
Clusters." Communication and Information Technologies Annual. 2015, 107-133.
This study aims to understand the extent to which scholarly networks are
connected both in person and through information and communication
technologies, and in particular, how distance, disciplines, and motivations for
participating in these networks interplay with the clusters they form. The
focal point for our analysis is the Graphics, Animation and New Media Network
of Centres of Excellence (GRAND NCE), a Canadian scholarly network in which
scholars collaborate across disciplinary, institutional, and geographical
boundaries in one or multiple projects with the aid of information and
communication technologies. To understand the complexity in such networks, we
first identified scholars clusters within the work, want-to-meet, and help
networks of GRAND and examined the correlation between these clusters as well
as with disciplines and geographic locations. We then identified three types of
motivation that drove scholars to join GRAND: practical issues,
novelty-exploration, and networking. Our findings indicate that (1) scholars'
interests in the networking opportunities provided by GRAND may not easily
translate into actual interactions. Although scholars express interests in
boundary-spanning collaborations, these mostly occur within the same discipline
and geographic area. (2) Some motivations are reflected in the structural
characteristics of the clusters we identify, while others are irrelevant to the
establishment of collaborative ties. We argue that institutional intervention
may be used to enhance geographically dispersed, multidisciplinary
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