Research Category: 
Regional, Urban and Community Development
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Can we redraw UBC based on people intellectual interactions?

A university builds upon its people but sparkles with the interactions among them. This project aims to survey the intellectual interactions at UBC and construct UBC's Map of Knowledge.

UBC's Map of Knowledge will be drawn based on your input! We’d like to invite you to be among the first to map yourself in UBC’s KnowledgeNetwork.ubc.ca. (5 minutes to complete). 

Formally, people at UBC are organized by a hierarchy of faculties and departments. But people interact with each other much more fluidly via research and teaching collaboration beyond departmental boundaries. These relationships are rarely reflected on an org chart but they speak directly to how knowledge is created and sustained. UBC's Map of Knowledge aims to answer this important question: Do administrative boundaries of faculties and departments respect the more organic ways in which researchers interact?

This campus-wide project aims to survey existing linkages in our research and teaching enterprise, identify cohesive sub-communities based on people’s intellectual interactions, and visualize the knowledge network at UBC. The survey is one page long (and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.) It will ask you to identify up to seven of your collaborators during the last 10 years and describe how they were initiated, the length and depth of the interactions, their geographic vicinity, and respective expertise. The collaborators can be inside or outside UBC (academia, communities, industries, governments or NGOs). To participate, please visit KnowledgeNetwork.ubc.ca. For more information on the project, please review a story in the July issue of UBC Reports

Once complete, all information collected in this survey, including your name, unit and research collaborators will be available to the public world-wide at KnowledgeNetwork.ubc.ca, serving as a tool for everyone to explore UBC and its scholars. Your participation is entirely voluntary. The survey does not intend to be comprehensive. Should you have any additional comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the research team, led by Dr. Jinhua Zhao (Jinhua.zhao@ubc.ca) and Dr. Penny Gurstein (gurstein@interchange.ubc.ca.)