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In collaboration with Alan Porter at the Georgia Institute of Technology, we are carrying out two projects supported by the National Science Foundation under the Science for Science and Innovation Policy Programme.

1- Methods for mapping interdisciplinary research (2008-2012, ~$392,000)

This project developed mapping techniques and measures in order to assess the non prescription type cialis degree of interdisciplinarity of scientific organisations or emerging research fields.

The most important contribution were to devise new measure of interdisciplinarity that take into account the cognitive distance between fields, and to produce freely available global maps of science. The most relevant articles are:

  • Rafols, I., Porter, A.L. and Leydesdorff, L. (2010) Science overlay maps: A new tool for research policy and library management. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 61(9), 871–1887. PDFInteractive MapsOverlay toolkit.
  • Rafols, I. and Meyer, M. (2010) Diversity and Network Coherence as indicators of interdisciplinarity: case studies in bionanoscience. Scientometrics 82(2), 263-287. PDF
  • Porter, A.L. and Rafols, I. (2009) Is Science Becoming more Interdisciplinary? Measuring and Mapping Six Research Fields over Time. Scientometrics. 81(3), 719-745. PDF, Supplement & Data

2- Revealing Innovation Pathways (2011-2014, , ~$390,000, Award #1064146)

This project aims to develop a methodological framework and where to buy levitra on line associated tools (metrics; maps) to help analyze emerging technologies to help policy makers and R&D managers make decisions regarding innovation pathways. Our goal is levitra 50mg to devise tools towards a multi-perspective mapping methodology that capture the various cognitive and social ‘landscape’ of an emergent technology alongside the visions and expectations that drive the emergence. The methodology includes: (i) qualitative investigations of the innovation system. (ii) profile and linking  actors using extensive mapping tools, both classic Tech mining techniques (bibliometrics maps) and exploratory hybrid qual-quant tools (iii) Project and assess innovation pathways, via stakeholders’ workshops.

Note: The findings and observations contained in these papers are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the generic mexico pharmacy viagra views of the National Science Foundation.