Keynote: "Connecting the Dots: Using Computational Social Science and Social Network Data to Map and Foster Scientific Collaboration"
Raffaele Vacca, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Co-leader of the Network Science Module at University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute
In the last few years, science and academia have witnessed an extraordinary expansion of bibliographic databases, expertise systems, and different types of online footprints of scientific production. As large bodies of data on scientific activities have become increasingly available, computer and social scientists have developed new and powerful
Vacca will present some of the research projects currently conducted by the University of Florida BEBR/CTSI Network Science Lab, an interdisciplinary team of social scientists who apply computational methods to the study of scientific activity and collaboration. He’ll focus on projects based on social network analysis and topic modeling, highlighting three major aims of this type of research: describe how science and collaboration happen, explain why they happen that way, and intervene to foster them. Some of the specific questions addressed by these projects are how to define and identify professional communities at a research university, what are the determinants of scientific collaboration between individuals and organizations, and how to best design and implement "network interventions" for team science.
Keynote: "Research Information Management in the United States"
Rebecca Bryant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research
Research information management is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of information about research. It is emerging as an important new service category in American universities.
Bryant will share highlights of her research into this topic and particularly describe primary U.S. cases, how American practices are distinctive from European—and indeed—global practices, and the importance of cross-institutional collaboration to ensure quality data and reduce workflow duplication.