Networks of Co-Authorship: A Case Study of the Postgraduate of CEFET-RJ

Networks of Co-Authorship: A Case Study of the Postgraduate of CEFET-RJ

Antonio José Caulliraux Pithon (Federal Center of Technological Education, Brazil), Ralfh Varges Ansuattigui (Federal Center of Technological Education, Brazil) and Paulo Enrique Stecklow (Federal Center of Technological Education, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-168-9.ch051

Abstract

The networks are transorganizational arrangements forming a structure and, in a more abstract and generic manner, are built from the interactions between individuals and organizations. These interactions allow the emergence of network structures more related to personal ties and the types of existing social interactions between the actors. Social networks aren’t a recent enterprise, but have been the subject of deeper studies due to universalization and convergence of communication processes, fundamental to the establishment and proliferation of networks. The structure where networks are manifested calls for horizontality, where there is no formal hierarchy of the elements that comprise it, composed by nodes elements and lines elements. This article analyzes the social network of authorship of one of five Postgraduate Programs of CEFET/RJ, presenting the connections between network teachers, justifying the morphological characteristics of the network and suggesting methodologies for continuing the study for the teaching and researching networks.
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Collaborative Social Networks

The concept of networks has several approaches. In an etymological sense (area of knowledge that aims to discover the original meaning of words) the term network comes from Latin retis, whose meaning is entanglement of wires, ropes, cords or wires with regular gaps forming a kind of tissue.

A network structure means that its members are linked horizontally to the others, either directly or through those who surround him. The resulting group is like a mesh of multiple wires, which can spread indefinitely to all sides, without any of its nodes can be considered principal or representative of the others. It can be said that in networking there is no boss but a team working with a collective will to achieve a specific goal.

Currently there is much talk about networks, network organizations, supermarket networks, communication networks, drug trafficking networks, as the standard for networking was something recently discovered. However, despite the subject seem full of innovation, the social networks are inherent to human activities. The daily lives of people, with a focus on relationships that support life routines, promote the emergence of sets of networks.

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