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Subject: [APG] Genealogy Discipline in Education: ALISE
Date: Sun, 10 May 2009 21:19:42 -0700 (PDT)
Genealogy Discipline in Education: ALISE
The Association for Library and Information
Science Education "is a non-profit organization
that serves as the intellectual home of university
faculty in graduate programs in library
and information science in North America."
There are the 2009 ALISE Conference
Participatory Papers, with "abstracts
for papers that were selected through
a blind peer review process. They are
available for community comment."
Item #49 is: MPACT Family Trees:
Quantifying academic genealogy
in library and information science.
. . .
No previously published research has
generated a technique or methodology
for calculating and quantifying academic
14 Description of Metrics
In order to quantify the output of academic
genealogy, seven different metrics have
A score—the sum of the number of times
an individual has served as an advisor on a
A+C score—the sum of the number of times
an individual has served on a dissertation in
any capacity (either as an advisor or committee
T score—the sum of the total number
of descendants in an individual’s family tree;
D score—a calculation of decayed influence
on descendants in an individual's family tree;
G score—the sum of the number of generations
of descendants of an individual;
W score—the sum of descendants in the largest
generation in an individual's family tree; and the
TA score—the sum of the number of
descendants in an individual’s family tree who
went on to become advisors themselves.
With the exception of the A+C score,
all the above metrics are comprised
of only advisorships as the effects of
committeeships on academic lineage
are more personal and limited in scope
with respect to an entire discipline.
These metrics provide seven different
angles by which one can quantify the
impact of an individual’s lineage, identify
prominent branches, and describe the
nature of academic lineage within a discipline.
. . .
The technique proposed in this research
provides a firm foundation in identifying,
quantifying, and contextualizing mentorship
and academic genealogy within the academic
community. Compare with:
An academic usage of "Genealogy Method"
in real time, within fields of research, vindicates
truthfulness of conclusions, as shown by historical
comparison. The "genealogy method", or the
"genealogical perspective": scientific method
of looking to the past, by using a "reverse"
process of economic projection methodology.
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