Scientific Diasporas at Canadian Science Policy Conference 2015


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NamSor presentation at Panel Discussion
Diaspora Scientists: Canada’s untapped resource of global knowledge networks / les scientifiques de la diaspora : ressource inexploitée canadienne de réseaux mondiaux de connaissances

Researchers Findings, Diaspora Scientists and Diaspora Networks
Valerie LaTraverse (moderator) Deputy Director, Policy Research, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Elian Carsenat- Mapping Scientific Diasporas in Canada, applying onomastics on bibliographic databases
Margaret Walton- Diasporic-led investment in skill development and training in the Indian Health care sector.
Sujata Ramachandran- Prospects and Challenges of Diaspora Engagement: South African Diaspora in Canada
Halla Thorsteinsdottir- The Role of Diaspora in International Scientific Collaborations

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Scientific Diasporas at Canadian Science Policy Conference 2015

  1. 1. MAPPING SCIENTIFIC DIASPORAS IN CANADA > COMBINING NAMSOR AND SCIENTOMETRICS Elian CARSENAT, NamSor Applied Onomastics CSPC2015, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 1 2015-11-25
  2. 2. Founder Bio 2 Elian CARSENAT, a computer scientist trained at ENSIIE/INRIA, started his career at JP Morgan in Paris in 1997. He later worked as consultant and managed business & IT projects in London, Paris, Moscow and Shanghai. In 2012, Elian created NamSor, a piece of sociolinguistics software to mine the 'Big Data' and better understand international flows of money, ideas and people. NamSor helps answer the perennial question all countries ask about their diasporas – who are they, where are they and what are they doing. NamSor has been used to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), to build-up international collaboration within scientific communities, to attract and facilitate Diaspora investment in Start-ups... as well as other use cases.
  3. 3. NamSor sorts Names 3  Names are meaningful : we use sociolinguistics to extract their semantics and deliver actionable intelligence.  Names reflect cultural Identity  NamSor data mining software recognizes the linguistic or cultural origin of names in any alphabet / language, with fine grain and high accuracy.
  4. 4. 4 Gender Gap in Science
  5. 5. Mining 3M twitter names to map Diasporas Who are they, where are they and what are they doing? 5 Source: Twitter Source: Twitter Visualization : CartoDB Data Mining: NamSor
  6. 6. Mapping Talents in Cancer Research (in collaboration with French INSERM) 6 Thomson Reuters WebOfScience (6 countries, 250k scientists, 50k papers) “Analysts uncovered amazing patterns in the way scientists’ names correlate with whom they publish, and who they cite in their papers - not just in case of a particular country, but globally. Tania Vichnevskaia of the French National Institute for Health (INSERM) presented the paper ‘Applying onomastics to scientometrics‘ at IREG International symposium 2015 organised by University of Maribor and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The paper was prepared jointly with NamSor, a private start-up company specialized in mapping international Diasporas.” Source: WoS; Data Mining: INSERM with NamSor
  7. 7. Cancer Research in Poland and Slovenia Examining the ‘brain drain’ 7 In the Polish Corpus, we look at co- authors with Polish names, affiliated abroad. Top countries: 1. US, 2. Great-Britain, 3. Germany. In the Slovenian Corpus, we look at co- authors with Slovenian names, affiliated abroad. Top countries: 1. Great-Britain, 2. US, 3. Germany. Source: WoS; Data Mining: INSERM with NamSor
  8. 8. Mapping a Scientific Diaspora 8 But in relative terms, almost twice more Iranian scholars in Canada compared to the US.
  9. 9. Scholar names in some Canadian Universities Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Moroccan, Italian names 9
  10. 10. Our vision on Scientific Diasporas 10  They impact academic ranking (Universities, Scholars)  Benefits for Canada (education/science, innovation, FDI/trade/economic development, ...) and potential benefits for countries of origin too  Scientometrics combined with onomastics reveal  Co-authorship and international collaboration  Citing patterns and cultural biases  ‘Brain drain’, ‘Brain gain’ and migration patterns
  11. 11. Thank you! Elian CARSENAT, Phone : +33 6 52 77 99 07 11 Juillet 2013, Ambassade de Lituanie à Paris