Social Science Matrix is leading the development of the Berkeley Research Network Graph, a new navigable tool for identifying and visualizing the patterns of interdisciplinary research collaborations taking place among social-science researchers at UC Berkeley. When completed, this interactive visual network map will illuminate which researchers and institutions are working together—and on which subjects.

“We’ve reached out across the Berkeley campus to get a lot of data sets that are open but might not otherwise be easily accessible,” says Elaine Sedenberg, a Ph.D. student from Berkeley’s School of Information who has worked with Matrix on the data gathering and analysis effort to develop the Network Graph. “We’re interested in, what does the research landscape look like? What are the topics people are working on, how do people collaborate, and how has that changed over time?”

Matrix is sponsoring the creation of the Network Graph to build a stronger foundational understanding of the current collaborations taking place at Berkeley, which in turn will help foster new connections among students and faculty members from different domains. The graph will be updated on an ongoing basis and will help illuminate the impact of interdisciplinary research centers; it will be a valuable tool for faculty, students, and staff to navigate through the Berkeley social sciences landscape and identify new potential collaborators and advisors. Visit this page for a more in-depth article about the Network Graph.