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Community Structure and Topical Differentiation in European RTD Collaborations

Michael J. Barber, Margarida Faria, Ludwig Streit, Oleg Strogan

posted on 05 April 2010

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We investigate research and development collaborations under the EU Framework Programs (FPs) for Research and Technological Development. The collaborations in the FPs give rise to bipartite networks, with edges existing between projects and the organizations taking part in them. A version of the modularity measure, adapted to bipartite networks, is presented. Communities are found so as to maximize the bipartite modularity. Projects in the resulting communities are shown to be topically differentiated.