DREaM 5: Facets of DREaM

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Presentation by Louise Cook at the LIS DREaM final conference.More information about this event is available at http://lisresearch.org/dream-project/dream-event-5-conference-monday-9-july-2012/

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<ul><li> 1. Facets of DREaM: an Analysis ofNetwork Development to Support UK LIS Research and Researchers Louise Cooke l.cooke@lboro.ac.uk @DrVanvanSenior Lecturer, Loughborough University </li> <li> 2. Overview of the presentation: A bit of background context Data collection Some results and their meaning What does this tell us about DREaM and the LIS Research Coalition? And what does it mean for us as individuals? </li> <li> 3. The Power of Networks A brain is a society of very small, simple modules that cannot be said to be thinking, that are not smart in themselves. But when you have a network of them together, out of that arises a kind of smartness. Kevin Kelly </li> <li> 4. Social Network Analysis Social Network Analysis: A research technique that focuses on relationships between entities, rather than the attributes of the entities themselves Underlying perspective that structure matters by analysing network composition and the position of an actor within the network, we can gain a better understanding of the world around us </li> <li> 5. Some example uses in LIS Some example uses in LIS: Citation analysis Technology diffusion and adoption Knowledge management </li> <li> 6. Ethical Issues Ethical issues: Data cannot usually be collected anonymously, but it can be presented anonymously but this can reduce the meaning and impact of the presentation Relationship ties can be a sensitive issue! Accurate interpretation of the meaning behind the data is key </li> <li> 7. The Data Collection Data collection and analysis: Participants awareness of the others knowledge, expertise or experience Social or research-related interaction Attribute data relating to gender and role Data analysed using Ucinet software to calculate network statistics and Netdraw to visualise the results </li> <li> 8. Workshop 1: Awareness </li> <li> 9. Workshop 3: Awareness </li> <li> 10. Workshop 1: Awareness - roles Public Library Practitioner Academic Librarian Health Sector Practitioner Other Sector Librarian PhD Student Academic or University Researcher Other </li> <li> 11. Workshop 3: Awareness - roles Public Library Practitioner Academic Librarian Health Sector Practitioner Other Sector Librarian PhD Student Academic or University Researcher Other </li> <li> 12. Workshop 1: Interaction </li> <li> 13. Workshop 3: Interaction </li> <li> 14. Workshop 1: Interaction - roles Public Library Practitioner Academic Librarian Health Sector Practitioner Other Sector Librarian PhD Student Academic or University Researcher Other </li> <li> 15. Workshop 3: Interaction - roles Public Library Practitioner Academic Librarian Health Sector Practitioner Other Sector Librarian PhD Student Academic or University Researcher Other </li> <li> 16. Statistics: Overall Density Statistics: Overall density Awareness: Workshop 1: 0.1854, average no. of ties 6.6767 Workshop 3: 0.4216, average no. of ties 13.9118 Interaction: Workshop 1: 0.1944, average no. of ties 7.0 Workshop 3: 0.3850, average no. of ties 12.7059 </li> <li> 17. What this indicates: The DREaM events have been very successful in achieving the key aim of developing a UK-wide network of LIS researchers The combination of using social media and bringing people together face to face on a regular basis is an effective mode of network building The central role of a few active individuals in maintaining momentum has been key to this success </li> <li> 18. Some questions and caveats A caveat and some questions: Network analysis is primarily based on quantitative metrics we also need to investigate the qualitative indicators that help us to understand our network The network patterns suggest network connections have been made successfully but how do we ensure that these links are sustained and extended? How important is it to you that they are? </li> </ul>