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Dear Michael Johnston,
The current wisdom that I've been able to obtain from other Socnet members
is that, unless the correspondence is clearly of "general" interest to
everyone (how is this possibly determined?), the person who made the
original query (in this case--regarding data collection instruments--me)
should share responses ONLY with parties (like you) explicitly expressing a
desire to see those responses.
My observation is that this puts the onus on the original querier to
(sometimes laboriously) go back and collect the relevant e-mails (and
attachments)--from the flood of Socnet e-mails that sometimes pour in--and
"bundle them" and send them on to interested parties. (And, knowing fallible
human nature, I would STRONGLY suspect that some Socnet users simply never
abide by these courtesy rules.)
I would think that a listserv would/should function in a more open, easy,
"automatic," "democratic" manner? (But I'm not an expert on listserv rules.)
Does Socnet have an official, stated policy about this? I didn't see one at
the INSNA Web site.
***NOTE: By comparison, the UCINET listserv has an explicit rule stating,
"Please note that the norm of the list is to send all responses back to the
list so that everyone can see and learn from them."
I hope I don't sound like I'm carping or complaining! This isn't my purpose.
I want to play by the rules. On the other hand, "rules" sometimes need to be
discussed and made explicit or even changed.
>From: "Michael Johnston" <[log in to unmask]>
>To: "'Michael Reed'" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: RE: data collection instruments?
>Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 18:36:57 -0800
>I'm also very interested, would you be willing to post the responses to
>the listserv as a whole?
>From: Social Networks Discussion Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
>Behalf Of Michael Reed
>Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 4:09 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: data collection instruments?
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>Perhaps my e-mail was too brief or unclear. I will know the names of all
>30-50 women who belong to the entrepreneurship grow. I want to
>each of them a paper survey (containing a list of all 30-50 women), and
>will ask them questions about the individual's relations with persons on
>this list. So, I do know the boundaries of the group in question.
> >From: Dc Christopoulos <[log in to unmask]>
> >To: Michael Reed <[log in to unmask]>
> >Subject: RE: data collection instruments?
> >Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2006 20:38:32 +0000
> >Hi Michael
> >I attach an instrument I used a few years ago to measure innovation
> >networks among a group of senior managers in a successful company. I
> >attempting to locate innovation support networks among them.
> >Your issue is whether you need a name generator (ie you do not know the
> >boundari.e.s of your group) or have a list of members to an association
> >club that you can use. If you are going to employ some form of
> >then name generators are more appropriate. as you can see in the
> >I employed a combination of the two as I was worried i may be
> >an important node.
> >Hope this is useful
> >Dr Dimitris C Christopoulos
> >Senior Lecturer
> >Department of Politics
> >Coldharbour Lane
> >Bristol BS16 1QY
> >From: Social Networks Discussion Forum on behalf of Michael Reed
> >Sent: Mon 09/01/2006 19:18
> >To: [log in to unmask]
> >Subject: data collection instruments?
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> >I am soon to do my first SNA research, a pilot project with a group of
> >women entrepreneurs existing in a small Midwestern city. This first
> >want to use only binary data (yes/no, presence/absence of some
> >that can be directional. I will use Ucinet 6 and Netdraw.
> >Would anyone be willing to share with me some SNA data collection
> >instruments so that I can get a sense how these are structured? Thus
> >far, Steve Borgatti has generously shared with me the following survey
> >(used in one of his classes):
> >Michael Reed
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