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Evolution of the CAiSE author community - a social network analysis

: Jarke, Matthias; Pham, Manh Cuong; Klamma, Ralf


Bubenko, J.:
Seminal contributions to information systems engineering : 25 years of CAiSE
Berlin: Springer, 2013
ISBN: 978-3-642-36925-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-642-36926-1 (Online)
ISBN: 3-642-36925-1
Book Article
Fraunhofer FIT ()

The CAiSE community has always prided itself as more than just a normal conference – a successful social network with a very special culture. In this chapter, we apply formal social network analysis to study this community and its evolution of its first quarter-centennial of existence. Using a methodology and dataset developed for an analysis of Computer Science as a whole, we demonstrate the unusual positioning of CAiSE as a quasi-interdisciplinary conference between several sub-disciplines of Computer Science. We show that under an evolution model developed in our research CAiSE pursues a very successful and promising path, and we identify key topics and key players among the CAiSE authors. As the social network analysis focusses on formal aspects such as co-authorship and citations, we unfortunately must leave out one of the undoubtedly most critical success factors: the fun of being in the CAiSE community.