Exploring the virtual space of academia

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningfagfællebedømt

Maria Menendez Blanco, Antonella De Angeli, Zeno Menestrina

The aim of this chapter is to provide a view on how researchers present themselves in a social network specifically developed for supporting academic practices, how they share information and engage in dialogues with colleagues worldwide. We analysed data from 30,428 users who have registered on a publicly available website to study the effect of academic position, university ranking and country on people’s behaviour. Results suggest that the virtual network closely mirrors physical reality, reproducing the same hierarchical structure imposed by position, ranking, and country on user behaviour. Despite the potential for bridging and bonding social capital the networks have not achieved substantial changes in structures and practices of the academic context. Furthermore, our analysis highlights the need of finding new strategies to motivate the users to contribute to the community and support equal participation, as so far the community is mainly exploited as a static website.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelFrom Research to Practice in the Design of Cooperative Systems: Results and Open Challenges : 10th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems
Publikationsdato2012
StatusUdgivet - 2012
Eksternt udgivetJa

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