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The Academic Robotics Community in the UK Web based data construction and analysis of a distributed community of practice

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  • Mark Tomlinson
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    This paper explores a scientific community of mainly academic researchers within the discipline of robotics. Data are constructed wholly from web-based resources such as web pages, electronic CVs and bibliographic search engines to identify teams of people working together, career patterns, and the research programmes of this group. Techniques from social network analysis are applied to the data to reveal the structures and relationships within the community. The paper is set within the context of ‘communities of practice’ (Lave and Wenger 1991) and is related to the literature on innovation systems. The paper reveals the structure of the scientific grouping, reveals the importance of key players in the system, and shows that the mobility of scientists is a key factor in both expanding and contracting the community in different locations.

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    Paper provided by DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies in its series DRUID Working Papers with number 02-07.

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    Date of creation: 2002
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    Keywords: Knowledge diffusion; scientific community; networks;

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    1. Lundvall, Bengt-Ake & Johnson, Bjorn & Andersen, Esben Sloth & Dalum, Bent, 2002. "National systems of production, innovation and competence building," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 213-231, February.
    2. Bengt-ake Lundvall & Bjorn Johnson, 1994. "The Learning Economy," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 1(2), pages 23-42.
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