This paper presents a novel model for social network analysis in which, rather than analyzing the quantity of relationships (co-authorships, business relations, friendship, etc.), we analyze their communicative content. Text mining and clustering techniques are used to capture the content of communication and to identify the most popular themes. The social analyst is then able to perform a study of the network evolution in terms of the relevant themes of collaboration, the detection of new concepts gaining popularity, and the existence of popular themes that could benefit from better cooperation. The methodology is experimented in the domain of a Network of Excellence on enterprise interoperability, INTEROP.
A New Content-Based Model for Social Network Analysis / Velardi, P; Navigli, R; Cucchiarelli, Alessandro; D'Antonio, Fulvio. - (2008), pp. 18-25. (Intervento presentato al convegno ICSC2008 tenutosi a Santa Clara, USA nel August 4-7, 2008) [10.1109/ICSC.2008.30].