This week the 7th EC-TEL conference takes place in Saarbrücken (Germany) and the crème de la crème of TEL researchers comes together to discuss their latest results and plan for the future (check #ectel2012 if you are interested in following the backchannel discussions).
As you know, I am investigating research networks as well as the collaboration and interactions in such networks in order to support the member’s awareness. One research network is the author community of the EC-TEL conference itself. We not only analyzed them in deep but we are also investigating how we could visualize such networks and the inherent information in appropriate ways.
One of my students (Jörg Amelunxen) at the University of Paderborn works on the topic of visualizations of research networks from authorship information and needs your help in evaluating his prototype (GEXFVizz, a word play of GEXF [the XML format that Gephi is using] and visualization). For the evaluation we used the information about publications in EC-TEL between 2006 and 2011.
Jörg created a SURVEY that has four very small parts. In the first part you will see a co-authorship graph of the EC-TEL conference. Every node represents an author of the EC-TEL community. Within this graph two nodes are connected, if the authors have at least one common publication. You can use this link to open the graph.
In the second part of the survey you will see a bibliographic coupling graph of the EC-TEL conference. This graph connects two nodes (publications), if they have a common references. The coupling strength of two given documents is higher the more references they have in common. You can use this link to open the graph.
The third part of this survey deals with visualizations that have been created with Circos. The Circos visualization that you can find here shows the top 40 co-authorships of EC-TEL between 2006 to 2011. Since Circos visualizations are often full of information, we created this small cheat sheet that will help you understanding the visualization.
We would be very happy if you could support us (mostly Jörg) by participating in his SURVEY. It doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to participate and you’d support an eager young scientist ;)