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I would like to briefly introduce a small program I have made for analysis
of bibliometric data (from ISI Web of Science), since it might be of
interest to some of you. The program is completely free, but requires MS
Access and Java (also free) to work.
The software creates various kinds of UCINET networks out of the
publications you have exported from ISI, and does some other relatively
crude analyses. It is also fairly easy and fast to utilize. The system is
especially versatile if you are proficient at using MS Access to combine
data in different ways.
Since this is a social networks list and bibliometric analysis itself is
probably outside the scope, I would like to point out that you can do
several kinds of analyses regarding collaborative networks on levels of
individuals, universities, and countries:
-Look at who collaborates with whom
-Map researcher affiliations through their publications
-Look at patterns of collaboration across universities or countries
-Examine transitivity of network ties or diffusion of cited references
-Investigate how cliques of authors relate to their choice of publication
Co-authorship data certainly has its problems, but at least it is easily
available, fast to process, and probably suitable for quantitative tests for
a range of networking-related hypotheses beyond the domain of bibliometric
research or science studies.
I hope that the software is of use to someone. It is freely available at
http://www.sitkis.com/ or http://www.hut.fi/~hschildt/sitkis.
Helsinki University of Technology,
Institute of Strategy and International Business
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