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A Study of Internet RFC Authors using NetDraw and yEd

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This long paper started out as a small experiment which was supposed to last an afternoon - a play-around with softwares NetDraw and yEd.

It ended up being a huge paper - too long to publish in a printed publication.

Results are not that significant, in that in the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) community, it appears that people really mingle a lot with each other, but the matter of interest is to discover the power of the analysis which can be performed using the software used.

I really believe that Social Network Analysis using Netdraw, yEd, and other SNA and visualisation software, should be mandatory for any bottom-up organisation. I also think that corporations and organisations would really benefit from:
1. having their internal social networks analysis in the same manner.
2. using this type of analysis on their external professional social networks

This pinpoints who are the movers and shakers in the organization. This also pinpoints areas/departments where information flow might not be optimal, thus having a lesser contribution to the organization as a whole.

Feedback/discussion very welcome.

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