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Back in November I wrote a post on social network analysis based on a session at the first DREaM workshop. In it I predicted that the community would be analysing themselves, so I was delighted to see the follow-up session at the final DREaM event.
At the first workshop participants were asked:
- Whether they were aware of the knowledge/expertise of others in the room.
- Whether they had had direct acquaintance with individuals in the room prior to the workshop.
Initial findings were that the network was fairly well connected, with 20 cliques/clusters. The acquaintanceship network was slightly more connected than the knowledge and expertise network – see the slides for details.
In her preview interview Louise Cooke states:
The results from the initial analysis were interesting, but led us to question whether the networks would change over the course of the three DREaM workshops…Initially, the networks were very centralised around a few key individuals. Ideally, we’d like to see that subsequently new connections have been made, and a more ‘equal’, but also more densely connected, pattern has emerged.
Louise has updated her analysis - again, see the slides for details. By the third workshop the network was much more densely connected and less dependent on a key individuals – the question now is how to sustain and develop this, as well as how to take the DREaM community forward.
I’ve also done a quick Storify of the session, being a bit of a Storify addict at the moment. I still find it fiddly, but it does complement my rather texty blog.
Hurrah, DREaM has achieved its aim of building a network of UK LIS Reasearchers #lis_dream5
— Alison Brettle (@BrettleAli) juli 9, 2012