Social network analysis: An approach and technique for the study of information exchange

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Social network analysis is an approach and set of techniques used to study the exchange of resources among actors (i.e., individuals, groups, or organizations). One such resource is information. Regular patterns of information exchange reveal themselves as social networks, with actors as nodes in the network and information exchange relationships as connectors between nodes. Just as roads structure the flow of resources among cities, information exchange relationships structure the flow of information among actors. Social network analysis assesses information opportunities for individuals or groups of individuals in terms of exposure to and control of information. By gaining awareness of existing information exchange routes, information providers can act on information opportunities and make changes to information routes to improve the delivery of information services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-342
Number of pages20
JournalLibrary and Information Science Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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