VALA2020 Session 16 Graham

Can librarians help researchers to form more impactful research teams using co-authorship network analysis?

Thursday 13 February 2020, 2:20 – 2:50

Phillippa Bourke
  • Academic Liaison Librarian
  • University of Sydney Library
Sarah Graham
  • Manager Academic Services: Science and Engineering
  • University of Sydney Library

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The University of Sydney Library has undertaken a project to visualise co-authorship networks to enable faculties and researchers to review the impact and effectiveness of research team structures. Co-authorship networks are useful for indicating the presence or absence of collaboration across disciplines and can be visualised using open source software (Gephi). This paper explores co-authorship analysis as a potential future academic library service that enables partnership with faculties looking for evidence for decision-making about how to group researchers. It also outlines the staff development benefits of library staff undertaking projects that explore open source tools and reuse of datasets.

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