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Title: The impact of socio-technical communication styles on the diversity and innovation potential of global science collaboratories

Emerging cyber-infrastructure tools are enabling scientists to transparently co-develop, share, and communicate about real-time diverse forms of knowledge artifacts. In these environments, communication preferences of scientists are posited as an important factor affecting innovation capacity and robustness of social and knowledge network structures. Scientific knowledge creation in such communities is called global participatory science (GPS). Recently, using agent-based modeling and collective action theory as a basis, a complex adaptive social communication network model (CollectiveInnoSim) is implemented. This work leverages CollectiveInnoSim implementing communication preferences of scientists. Social network metrics and knowledge production patterns are used as proxy metrics to infer innovation potential of emergent knowledge and collaboration networks. The objective is to present the underlying communication dynamics of GPS in a form of computational model and delineate the impacts of various communication preferences of scientists on innovation potential of the collaboration network. Ultimately, the insight gained can help policy-makers to design GPS environments and promote innovation.
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Computational Sciences & Engineering Division
  2. Auburn Univ., AL (United States). Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
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Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory; Journal ID: ISSN 1381-298X
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Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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United States
96 KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND PRESERVATION; complex adaptive systems; agent-based modeling; communication network; collective action; innovation; diversity; social network