Identifying research facilitators in an emerging Asian Research Area
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We introduce a novel set of metrics for triadic closure among individuals or groups to model how co-authorship networks become more integrated over time. We call this process of triadic, third-party mediated integration, research facilitation. We apply our research facilitation or RF-metrics to the development of the Pan-Asian SNP (PASNP) Consortium, the first inter-Asian genomics network. Our aim was to examine if the consortium catalyzed research facilitation or integration among the members and the wider region. The PASNP Consortium is an ideal case study of an emerging Asian Research Area because its members themselves asserted a regional Asian identity. To validate our model, we developed data mining software to extract and match full author and institutional information from the PDFs of scientific papers.
KeywordsTriadic closure Pan-Asian SNP Consortium Asian Research Area RF-metric Research facilitation
This article was supported by the Fetzer Franklin Trust project on Culture and Cognition, National University of Singapore—Global Asia Institute project on Mapping the Technological and Cultural Landscape of Scientific Development in Asia (grant AC-2010-1-004), and John Templeton Foundation project on Religion’s Impact on Human Life. We acknowledge Sy Bac Vo for assistance in the development of Eq. (3). Color printing supported by Asian Biopoleis Project grant MOE2009-T2-2-013.
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