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Collective attention towards scientists and research topics

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Web Science 2018 Conference, Amsterdam, 28-30 May 2018

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Collective attention towards scientists and research topics

  1. 1. Collective Attention towards Scientists and Research Topics (WebSci’18, Amsterdam) Claudia Wagner, Olga Zagovora, Tatiana Sennikova, Fariba Karimi
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  3. 3. Nobel Prize in Physics 2008 Wikipedia Page Views Statistics 3 80 40 0 Before the announcement Viewcounts Vera Rubin Makoto Kobayashi Toshihide Maskawa
  4. 4. Nobel Prize in Physics 2008 Wikipedia Page Views Statistics 4 2500 1500 0 Time around the announcement Viewcounts Vera Rubin Makoto Kobayashi Toshihide Maskawa
  5. 5. 500 300 0 After the announcement Viewcounts Nobel Prize in Physics 2008 Wikipedia Page Views Statistics 5 Vera Rubin Makoto Kobayashi Toshihide Maskawa
  6. 6. Research Question • Impact of award on collective attention? • Differences between awarded and non-awarded scientists? 6
  7. 7. Data Awarded scientists (2008 – 2015) • Nobel Prize • Abel Prize • Fields Medal • Turing Award • IEEE Medal of Honor • International Prize for Biology • Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates  262 researchers Non-awarded scientists (2008 – 2015) • influential, highly cited scientists (WoS) who worked at the same time, in the same scientific fields as the award winners  262 researchers • 57 Physicists • 18 Mathematicians • 18 Computer Scientists • 50 Chemists • 58 Medicine and Physiology • 9 Biologists • 54 Economists 7
  8. 8. Method Two types of articles: • Scientists • Research topics related to the scientists • mined from Wikipedia knowledge graph • 1,911 topics of awarded scientists • 1,070 topics of non-awarded scientists Measures: Views, Edits, Outlinks, Words 8
  9. 9. Difference in public attention to awarded and non-awarded scientists? 9
  10. 10. How does an award impact article growth? 10 Outgoinglinkcounts Week
  11. 11. Differences in public attention to scientific topics? 11
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  14. 14. What came first: the scientist or the research topic? 14 Non-awarded scientists Awarded scientists Time lag between article creation about scientists and about their research topics
  15. 15. Conclusions & Future Work • Awards function as external shocks • Awarded scientists and their research topics are temporally more clustered • Which topics are created after the scientist? • Could we predict award winners? • Collective attention before the award • Network of research topics & scientists 15
  16. 16. Research team 16 Claudia Wagner Olga Zagovora Tatiana Sennikova Fariba Karimi Olga.Zagovora @

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