Visual exploration of academic career paths

Meng Qi Yelena Wu, Robert Faris, Kwan-Liu Ma

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Abstract

Online bibliographic databases have become widely available and are important resources to scientific researchers. These databases store rich information and many evolve into digital libraries. Using a bibliographic database of a specific discipline, we can extract a co-authorship and citation network of individual professionals. This allows for the study of patterns in scholarly contributions as well as for the exploration of scientific disputes associated with an individuals career. We have designed a visualization tool, which we call PathWay, to discover and understand patterns and trends in the bibliographic data over a selected period of time. With PathWay, we conducted case studies on a bibliography of approximately 400,000 scientists in physics over a 26 year time period. In this paper, we show how PathWay can be used to characterize one's academic career path in terms of the publication record, conduct comparative studies that would be difficult to do with conventional search methods, and also provide a way to gain insight into the emergence and the career implications of the scientific disputes associated with publications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages779-786
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450322409
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013 - Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Duration: Aug 25 2013Aug 28 2013

Other

Other2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013
CountryCanada
CityNiagara Falls, ON
Period8/25/138/28/13

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Digital libraries
Bibliographies
Visualization
Physics

Keywords

  • Bibliographic database
  • Citation network
  • Coauthor network
  • Dispute network
  • Information visualization
  • Social network analysis
  • Trend discovery and analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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Wu, M. Q. Y., Faris, R., & Ma, K-L. (2013). Visual exploration of academic career paths. In Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013 (pp. 779-786). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2492517.2492638

Visual exploration of academic career paths. / Wu, Meng Qi Yelena; Faris, Robert; Ma, Kwan-Liu.

Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013. Association for Computing Machinery, 2013. p. 779-786.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Wu, MQY, Faris, R & Ma, K-L 2013, Visual exploration of academic career paths. in Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 779-786, 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, 8/25/13. https://doi.org/10.1145/2492517.2492638
Wu MQY, Faris R, Ma K-L. Visual exploration of academic career paths. In Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013. Association for Computing Machinery. 2013. p. 779-786 https://doi.org/10.1145/2492517.2492638
Wu, Meng Qi Yelena ; Faris, Robert ; Ma, Kwan-Liu. / Visual exploration of academic career paths. Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013. Association for Computing Machinery, 2013. pp. 779-786
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