Wednesday, March 18, 2009

crossing disciplinary boundaries

Many institutional strategies these days talk of inter-disciplinarity and moving outside the traditional 'silos' of academic subject areas. A fascinating recent publication has used logs of interactions on over 97,000 online publications (processing over 300 million clicks/interactions) in science to identify examples of when someone reading an article in a particular subject domain then moves onto an article in a different discipline. Using this approach, then, it is possible to see where the overlaps and cross-over points between subjects lie. The final result is plotted as a network map in this diagram.

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