Matthews M, Bartels W, McCarthy C. Before, During, and After – Using Social Network Analysis as a Tool to Identify Potential Research Sites & Partners and to Monitor & Evaluate Interdisciplinary Team Science Collaboration over Time. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 14, 2017. Online at: http://www.scienceofteamscience.org/2017-agenda.
Enhancing the capacity for interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists who participate in large-scale projects
is an emerging theme within the scholarship of team science. Social network analysis presents novel ways to
map and examine the factors that facilitate and constrain interactions among scientists. In this panel we present
three research projects that each used social network analysis methods to enhance interdisciplinary team science.
The first presentation illustrates how a co-author analysis of publications related to hydroelectric development
in Brazil was used to not only identify existing clusters of academic collaboration, but also to analyze the
relationships between the authors and the dams they study. The second presentation demonstrates how a scale of
relationship intensity was adapted for use with social network analysis methods to measure collaboration among
scientists to inform changes to the organization of the project during implementation. The third presentation will
demonstrate a method to identify stable collaborative communities over time and explore the potential to use
these communities as the basis for an intervention to strengthen core communities and bridge loosely connected
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