Social Networks of Researchers and Educators on nanoHUB.org
Date of this Version5-23-2011
The science gateway nanoHUB.org is the world’s largest nanotechnology user facility, serving 167,196 users in 2010 with over 2,300 resources including 189 simulation programs. Surveys of nanoHUB users and automated usage analysis find widespread simulation use in formal classroom education, thereby connecting recent research more rapidly and closely to education. Analysis of 719 citations in the scientific literature by over 1,300 authors to nanoHUB.org resources documents use of simulation programs by new research collaborations, by researchers outside of the community originating the program, and by experimentalists. The publication and author networks reveal research collaborations and capacity building through knowledge transfer. Analysis of secondary citations documents the quality of the conducted research with an h-index of 30 after just 10 years of operation. Our analysis proves with quantitative metrics that impactful research can be conducted by an ever growing research community. We argue that HUBzero technology and the user- focused design and operation of nanoHUB.org are success criteria that can be transferred to other science gateways.
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology