Personometrics: Mapping and Visualizing Communication Patterns in R&D Projects

Morten Skovvang, Mikael Karstensen Elbæk, Morten Hertzum

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People such as R&D engineers rely on communication with their colleagues to acquire information, get trusted opinion, and as impetus for creative discourse. This study investigates the prospects of using bibliometric citation techniques for mapping and visualizing data about the oral communication patterns of a group of R&D engineers. Representatives of the R&D engineers find the resulting maps – we term them personometric maps – rich in information about who knows what and potentially useful as tools for finding people with specific competences. Maps of old projects are seen as particularly useful because old projects are important entry points in searches for information and the maps retain information indicative of people’s competences, information that is otherwise not readily available. Face-to-face communications and communications via phone, email, and other systems are more ephemeral than scholarly citations, and (semi-)automated means of data collection are critical to practical application of personometric analyses.
Keyword: Expertise location,People finding,Personometrics
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Context : Nature, Impact, and Role
Place of PublicationBerlin / Heidelberg
Publication date2005
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-26178-0
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Sciences - Glasgow, UK, June 4-8, 2005
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …
Conference number: 5


Conference5th International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Sciences
CityGlasgow, UK, June 4-8, 2005
Period01/01/2005 → …
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


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