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Exploring scientific collaborations in geographical information science (GIScience): A study of its co-authorship networks

Arciniegas-Lopez, M. C. (2007). Exploring scientific collaborations in geographical information science (GIScience): A study of its co-authorship networks. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


Geographic Information Science (GIScience) as a discipline focuses on fundamental issues surrounding Geographic Information (Gl) and developments and applications of Geographical Information Technologies (GITechnologies). GIScience has accumulated a body of knowledge that can be easily exported and applied to other disciplines and assembled a wider multidisciplinary research community.

Co-authorship networks are used to explore GIScience scientific collaborations during 1992-2002. Six different co-authorship networks were built from publication outlets comprising different sets of core and peripheral journals. The closer the periphery to the core, the more relevant the selected journals are to GIScience. Topological characteristics of all networks show similar networks despite the differences in sizes and the nature of the topics covered. However, networks with the peripheral journals closer to the core were more centralized around well-known scholars within the discipline. Furthermore, the network structures show a GIScience core linked to allied disciplines, especially to a highly clustered remote sensing research community.

The core co-authorship network was geo-referenced using authors’ affiliation information. The results show that geographical proximity, language and cultural preferences play important roles. Countries known for their strong publishing patterns in other sciences such as England, USA and Canada were alos identified within GIScience domain. A growth of international collaboration among Scandinavian and European Countries was revealed. Results also show that China, India and Brazil have been increasing their international participation within the GIScience research community.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > giCentre
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