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Chuck Tilly and Harrison White taught me early on that finding
contrary findings is the most exhilerating.
So, as an Internet studies guy, I was delighted to find (as Jeff Johnson
did at ECU) that proximity is hugely important in scholarship. Nancy
Nazer, Emmanuel Koku, Howard White and I found this for two
interdiscipinary Toronto-based groups at the start of this decade --
Emmanuel Koku, Nancy Nazer and Barry Wellman. "Netting Scholars: Online
and Offline." American Behavioral Scientist, 44, 10 (June, 2001): 1750-72
Howard White, Barry Wellman and Nancy Nazer. 2004. "Does Citation Reflect
Social Structure: Longitudinal Evidence from the `Globenet'
Interdisciplinary Research Group." Journal of the American Society for
Information Science and Technology, 55, 2: 111-26.
AND, Dima Dimitrova, Emmanuel Koku, Howard White and I found this in
studying the interdisciplinary, trans-Canadian water (quality) network of
Dimitrina Dimitrova, Emmanuel Koku, Barry Wellman and Howard White. "Who
Do Scientists Network With?" Final Report to the Canadian Water Network,
National Centre of Excellence, May 2007.
(Alas, no follow-up paper has been written on this big study.)
Find them all on my web site.
S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, FRSC NetLab Director
Department of Sociology University of Toronto
725 Spadina Avenue, Room 388 Toronto Canada M5S 2J4
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