Enhancing Interdisciplinary Cooperation by Social Platforms

Assessing the Usefulness of Bibliometric Social Network Visualization in Large-Scale Research Clusters
  • André Calero Valdez
  • Anne Kathrin Schaar
  • Martina Ziefle
  • Andreas Holzinger
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8521)


In large-scale research projects active management of the cooperation process is necessary, e.g. to ensure systematic transfer of knowledge, alignment of research goals, or appropriate dissemination of research efforts. In a large scale research-cluster at the RWTH Aachen University a cybernetic management approach is applied. As a planned measure, publishing efforts (i.e. bibliometric data) will be visualized on a social software platform accessible by researchers and the steering committee. But do researchers agree with the chosen style of visualization of their publications? As part of a user centered design, this paper presents the results of an interview study with researchers (n=22) addressing the usefulness and applicability of this approach. As central findings arguments for using the publication visualization are identified such as enabling retrospective analysis, acquiring new information about the team, improvement in dissemination planning, but at the same time contrasted by arguments against this approach, such as missing information, a possibly negative influence on workflow of researchers, and the bad legibility of the visualization. Additionally requirements and suggested improvements are presented.


Data visualization technology acceptance bibliometrics user centred-design information systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • André Calero Valdez
    • 1
  • Anne Kathrin Schaar
    • 1
  • Martina Ziefle
    • 1
  • Andreas Holzinger
    • 2
  1. 1.Human-Computer Interaction CenterRWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and DocumentationMedical University GrazAustria

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