Is there anybody out there? Searching the social space for signs of intelligence

2014-05-02T14:04:01Z (GMT) by Michael Taylor

For much of the the last century, our only measurement of the impact of scholarly research has been through the counting and analysis of citation: one authoring researcher acknowledging the contribution of another authoring researcher.

Significant, certainly, given these caveats, but in a wider social context citation analysis begins to look like an edge case. Can the measurement of sharing on social networks provide a wider view of how research is consumed in society, or is it all chatter and noise – and how do we detect the conversations of true significance?