"Structuration" by Intellectual Organization; preprint v ersion

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Sun May 31 11:31:39 EDT 2009

 <http://www.leydesdorff.net/sociocyb09/index.htm> "Structuration" by
Intellectual Organization: 

The Configuration of  <http://www.leydesdorff.net/sociocyb09/index.htm>
Knowledge in Relations among Scientific Texts

 <http://www.leydesdorff.net/sociocyb09/sociocyb09.pdf> <pdf-version>


Using aggregated journal-journal citation networks, the measurement of
anticipation in empirical systems is examined in two cases of
interdisciplinary developments during the period 1995-2005: (i) the
development of nanotechnology in the natural sciences and (ii) the
development of communication studies as an interdiscipline between social
psychology and political science. The results are compared with a case of
stable development: the citation networks of core journals in chemistry. The
textual networks are intellectually organized by networks of expectations in
the knowledge base at the specialty (that is, above-journal) level. This
"structuration" of structural components in the observable networks can be
measured as configurational information. The latter can be compared with the
Shannon-type information generated in the interactions among structural
components: the difference between these two measures provides us with a
redundancy generated by the specification of a model in the knowledge base
of the system. The knowledge base incurs to variable extents on the
knowledge infrastructures provided by the networks of exchange relations. 

<paper to be presented at the sociocybernetics conference in Urbino, June
29-July 5, 2009>.

Loet Leydesdorff 
Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR)
Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam.
Tel. +31-20-525 6598; fax: +31-842239111
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