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  • Starmans, R.J.C.M. (2005). Current Topics in IKS-Research; A Quantitative Approach. BNVKI newsletter, 22(6), 128-135.
    Abstract. The aim of this study is to gain insight in the current state and structure of scientific research in Information and Knowledge Systems (IKS) in the Netherlands by analyzing the use of a large number of keywords or indexterms, mainly taken from conferences and journals in the IKS-field. Following the “meaning is use” adage of the ordinary language philosophy, we believe that meaning, significance and scope of the terms can actually be established “bottom-up” by analyzing how a relevant and sufficiently large group of language-users applies them. By studying the occurrence, interrelations of the index terms, their relative importance, scope and in fact their meaning can be established and (underlying) structures or patterns in the IKSfield can be recognized. We therefore conducted a large scale empirical research and asked over 200 researchers working in the IKS-field if and to what extent their research can be related to/associated with these keywords. These researchers had two things in common; they were all involved in phd-research in the Netherlands in the period October 2003- October 2005 and in the same period they were all registered in the National Dutch Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS).
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  • Starmans, Richard & John-Jules Meyer (2006). Funding research in computer science. BNVKI newsletter, 23(5), 97-102. Utrecht, SIKS.
    Abstract. Knowledge of the historical, cultural and social context of the scientific environment may help to understand and assess current state of affairs in a research area. It may facilitate policy makers and researchers to better anticipate on coming developments. It may give information about the structure of the field, indicate the relative success of certain subfields or research programs, their international position and orientation, as well as their intended or alleged relevance for industrial companies or society as a whole. A detailed analysis of the environment, its institutions and stakeholders, including different ways of funding in the field of computer science, can contribute to our understanding of the field and the assessment of its current state. We confine ourselves to the research on information and knowledge systems (IKS). As a first explorative step towards this wished insight in the current state of IKS-research in the Netherlands, we will examine how a large number of Ph.D. -projects were funded, which stakeholders or institutions were involved and under which funding conditions the projects took place. We relate these findings to the structure of the field. To this aim we examined the project-data of over 300 researchers working in the IKS-field. These researchers had two things in common: they were all involved in Ph.D.-search in the Netherlands in the period 1998-2006 and in the same period they were all registered in the National Dutch Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS).
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