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Hello, Loet.

> The discourse is carried by the authors, but perhaps better to be mapped in
> terms of words and phrases which they use for the communication.
>
Exactly! In my research of sociological community of blogs in LiveJournal,
the network, based on "friends" is the least informative. And the most
important is "mental map" (in K. Carleys terms) of its participants
constructed by the text network analysis of their blog posts.

Applying this logic to "offline" scientific collaboration, I think that it's
quite reasonable to add some text analysis technique (like Latent Semantic
Analysis or map analysis) to traditional citation and co-authorship
networks. But I'm not a specialist in this field, so, perhaps, my thoughts
are trivial and already realized in some research.

Best regards,
Alexander.
2011/3/27 Loet Leydesdorff <[log in to unmask]>

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> > I've been wondering about how better to understand our networks, which
> have evolved over 15 years or so (even before there was ready email
> communication with some parts of the world). If our networks could be of
> use
> in research you're doing, do let me know. We might be able to collaborate
> in
> some way.
>
> Dear Karen and colleagues,
>
> In my opinion, one first has to ask "what can be expected to evolve". In
> evolutionary economics, for example, many authors have skipped that
> question
> and thus were studying network among firms. This leads to a theory of the
> firm (Anderson, 1994). However, "what" evolves is the techno-economic
> system
> which is carried by firms in different (e.g. national) configurations.
>
> In scientific communication, scholarly discourse can be expected to evolve.
> The discourse is carried by the authors, but perhaps better to be mapped in
> terms of words and phrases which they use for the communication. Networks
> of
> authors do not always inform us about the dynamics of the communication.
> These networks are one of the footprints of the communication. The focus on
> social networks (as different from semantic and epistemic networks) and on
> relations instead of positions seems counterproductive to the
> understanding.
>
>
> Best wishes,
> Loet
>
>
> Loet Leydesdorff
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> Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam.
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