The impact of the sloan digital sky survey on astronomical research: The role of culture, identity, and international collaboration

Chaomei Chen, Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan, Roberto Pinho, James Zhang

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Abstract

We investigate the influence of culture and identity (geographic location) on the constitution of a specific research field. Using as case study the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) project in the Astronomy field, we analyzed texts from bibliographic records of publications along three cultural and geographic axes: US only publications, non-US publications and international collaboration. Using three text mining systems (CiteSpace, Term Watch and PEx), we were able to automatically identify the topics specific to each cultural and geographic region as well as isolate the core research topics common to all geographic zones. The results tended to show that US-only and non-US research in this field shared more commonalities with international collaboration than with one another, thus indicating that the former two (US-only and non-US) research focused on rather distinct topics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulture and Identity in Knowledge Organization - Proceedings of the 10th International ISKO Conference
PublisherInternational Society for Knowledge Organization
Pages307-312
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783899136449
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event10th International Conference on International Society for Knowledge Organization, ISKO 2008 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 2008 Aug 52008 Aug 8

Publication series

NameAdvances in Knowledge Organization
Volume11
ISSN (Print)0938-5495

Other

Other10th International Conference on International Society for Knowledge Organization, ISKO 2008
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period08/8/508/8/8

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management

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